John Laflamme - Image via @johnlaflamme83kg
Powerlifting has a number of inspirational and motivational athletes, and John LaFlamme is certainly one of them. John is a 71-year-old elite powerlifter who has consistently posted impressive lifts over the past few years. He seems absolutely timeless, as his lifts just keep getting better. John has proved numerous times that age is just a number, but it never gets any less impressive. John Laflamme has now unofficially broken the IPF Masters 4 (age 70+) Squat World Record potentially across two weight classes, as he squatted 427 pounds (193.7 kilograms) in training.
John LaFlamme usually competes in the 83-kilogram weight class, and his recent lift is heavier than the U83 Masters 4 IPF World Record in that division. LaFlamme also holds the official squat World Record of 193 kilograms (425.5 pounds), which he set at the 2021 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships.
However, although John LaFlamme will most likely cut down to the 83-kilogram weight class, his current bodyweight is 86.9 kilograms (191.6 pounds). So, this currently places him in the 93-kilogram weight class. This poses no problem for John, as his recent squat is heavier than the U93 Masters 4 IPF World Record in this weight class as well. Buchs Christian holds the U93 Masters 4 IPF Squat Record of 192.5 kilograms (424.4 pounds), which he set at the 2019 EPF European Masters Classic Championships.
John LaFlamme only used a pair of knee sleeves and a lifting belt to aid him in the lift. So, by powerlifting regulations, his squat was raw.
Check out John’s 427-pound (193.7-kilogram) squat here:
John LaFlamme made his powerlifting debut in 1978, at the age of 27. Since then, he has taken part in 48 sanctioned competitions and recorded 28 victories. In addition, John is currently on a six win streak, which will probably not end soon. He won numerous major competitions, but his standout performance was at the 2021 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships.
John LaFlamme’s competition PRs:
Squat: 210 kilograms (462.9 pounds) — (2018 USAPL Virginia State Championships)
Bench Press: 112.5 kilograms (248 pounds) — (2018 USAPL Virginia State Championships)
Deadlift: 245 kilograms (540.1 pounds) — (2016 USAPL American Open & Police-Fire Nationals)
Total: 557.5 kilograms (1,229 pounds) — (2018 USAPL Virginia State Championships)
If he continues like this, John Laflamme could become the first powerlifter in IPF’s Masters 4 (age 70+) division to squat 200 kilograms (440.9 pounds). He has made steady progress in recent years and currently appears to be in excellent health. John has not revealed what his next competition will be, or if he plans to move up a weight class. However, judging by his recent training footage, it seems like the weight class plays no factor for John, as he can break records regardless.
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