Athlete Profile – Aaron Phillips


  • Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
  • Weight Class: 145/148 and 163/165

Powerlifting Achievements

  • USAPL Elite totals in both 145 (1445 in January of 2014) and 163 (1609 in June of 2014) weight classes
  • 2nd place USAPL Open Nationals 2014 in Philadelphia, PA at 163
  • 3rd place USAPL Open Nationals 2012 in Orlando, FL at 145
  • 2nd place USAPL Teen/Junior Nationals 2005 in Killeen, TX at 132
  • 1st place USAPL Teen/Junior Nationals 2004 in Lincoln, NE at 132
  • 2nd place USAPL High School Nationals 2003 in Omaha, NE at 132
  • 1st place USAPL Teen/Junior Nationals 2003 in Baton Rouge, LA at 132
  • 1st place WHSPA High School State Championships 2003 at 132

Best Competition Lifts (163 pound weight class)

  • Squat: 606 pounds
  • Bench: 452 pounds
  • Deadlift: 551 pounds
  • Total: 1609 pounds

Photo 1I was introduced to powerlifting by my cousin, Kyle Ricchio. He was my hero and mentor in this sport, and I did everything I could to follow in his footsteps. I was introduced to the Horlick High School powerlifting head coach, Bruce Sullivan, and from then on, I was hooked on powerlifting. I wanted to learn anything, and everything about it.

The first meet I ever competed in was a local high school meet held at Horlick High School. Weighing in around 120 pounds, I did a 265 squat, 155 bench, and a 325 deadlift, for a 745 total, and qualified for the High School State Championships. I competed consistently from 2001 through 2006, at the state and national level.

From 2007-2010, my attention shifted to finishing my college degree in architecture at UWM, and getting started with my career at Christopher Kidd & Associates, Architects and Engineers. I was able to continue working out, but nothing close to the high intensity, competition level I was used to.

Photo 2Late in 2010, I got the urge to get back on the platform, and trained for the local Wisconsin State Open held in Milwaukee WI in January of 2011. From that point on, my training has been very consistent, both in equipped and raw. I am currently training with one of the best powerlifting coaches in the country, RG Luckow, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.


2014 Badger Open Results

Congratulations to everyone who competed this past weekend at the 2014 Badger State Open.  Results have been posted on the WHSPA website.  Check out some of the awesome lifting!

A huge thanks to Joe Lewis for a great meet!  Also, a big thanks to everyone helping lifters, judging, spotting, and loading, wouldn’t be a good meet without all of these people!

Good luck to all of the Wisconsin lifters going to Men’s Nationals in Philadelphia this weekend.

2014 Badger Open – Flight List

The Badger Open late registration period closed on Friday and there are 96 lifters registered!  The tentative flight list has been posted online.  This year there will be two platforms, one flight of bench only and 4 flights (times the two platforms) of three-lift lifters!

This year it looks like Joe Lewis is going to provide a live stream for both platforms, so if you have friends or family members lifting, but cannot make it to Neenah this weekend, you can still watch them lift.

For those of you attending this weekend here are some of the details:

  • Saturday, June 14th
  • Location: 1275 Tullar Rd, Neenah, WI 54956, Neenah High School – CAFETERIA RM 310
  • Weigh-ins and equipment check will be from 7:00-8:30 am
  • Lifting will begin at 9:00 am

If you are competing this weekend and you haven’t purchased your USAPL membership card you should do so online and save yourself $5.

Good luck to everyone lifting and looking forward to a great event this weekend!