Rudy Kadlub is one of the most respected athletes in the powerlifting scene, both due to his feats of strength as well as how dedicated he is to the sport. Rudy, at the age of 74, stands as one of the older athletes participating in professional competitions. However, judging by the fact that he is frequently improving, it looks like Rudy is aging like fine wine. Most recently, Rudy set a new three-rep squat PR by lifting 441 pounds (200 kilograms) in training.
Rudy Kadlub did not perform the squat in a raw manner, since he utilized knee wraps to aid him in the lift. However, powerlifting has a division dedicated to performing squats with knee wraps. So, it does not take away from how impressive Rudy’s lift was.
Usually people struggle to set a new PR, but Rudy Kadlub made easy work of his 441-pound (200-kilogram) three-rep personal record. All three repetitions looked extremely easy, which gives hope that Rudy will put up a sensational performance in his next appearance.
As Rudy Kadlub states, his recent 441-pound (200-kilogram) three rep squat was just 11 pounds (5 kilograms) lighter than his current World Record Squat. In addition, he revealed that he will compete at the 2023 USPA Nationals, which will take place on July 10-14, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Just 11lbs under my current WR. 3.5 weeks out from USPA Nationals”
Ever since he turned 74-years-old, Rudy Kadlub has been setting PRs in almost all events. As per tradition, he performed heavy deadlift training for his birthday. It resulted in a two-rep raw deadlift PR of 524 pounds (237.7 pounds), after which Rudy set his sights on the 2023 USPA Nationals. So, with some new PRs under his belt, Rudy is hoping to put up his greatest performance yet.
Rudy Kadlub has been competing for 17 years during which he took part in 40 sanctioned competitions. In addition, he won 34 competitions and set countless records, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest to ever compete in the sport.
Rudy Kadlub’s Competition PRs
Squat (wraps): 205 kilograms (551.9 pounds) — (2021 IPL Drug Tested World Championship)
Bench Press (raw): 142.5 kilograms (314.1 pounds) — (2021 IPL Drug Tested World Championship)
Deadlift (raw): 235 kilograms (518 pounds) — (2020 USPA Drug Tested North American Championships)
Total (raw w/wraps): 578 kilograms (1,274.2 pounds) — (2021 IPL Drug Tested World Championship)
Data Source: Open Powerlifting. Last Updated: August 17, 2023
The only department in which Rudy Kadlub is slightly underperforming is the bench press and that is only because he has not yet healed properly from an injury. However, he is obviously making it up on the deadlifts and squats, as he continues setting PRs with ease. Rudy will become even stronger in the three weeks leading up to the 2023 USPA Nationals. So, he will hopefully be in peak shape to set some more World Records.
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