Rudy Kadlub turned 74 years old just a couple of months ago and celebrated his birthday by setting a new deadlift two-rep PR. However, the fact that Rudy was one year older did not stop him from setting major goals which required him to improve significantly. So, almost everything went according to plan, Rudy set Squat and Deadlift Masters USPA Drug Tested World Records at the 2023 USPA Nationals, which took place on July 10-14, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rudy Kadlub first set a new Squat Masters Drug Tested World Record of 463 pounds (210 kilograms). He only utilized a lifting belt, knee wraps, and wrist wraps to complete the lift. Therefore, he advanced his own World Record, which he set at the 2021 IPL Drug Tested World Championship by squatting 451.9 pounds (205 kilograms).
Rudy Kadlub further improved another one of his records in the deadlift event with a pull of 513.6 pounds (233 kilograms). He completed this lift by utilizing a sumo stance and a mixed grip. The previous record was also under his name, having set it at the 2021 IPL Drug Tested World Championship where he locked out 512.5 pounds (232.5 kilograms).
Rudy Kadlub also competed in the bench press event, where he finished with a 286.6-pound (130-kilogram) lift. This was a very decent lift for Rudy, especially since he came into the 2023 USPA Nationals injured. He suffered the injury in a recent training session. The muscle that he injured was Serratus Anterior. In spite of an underlying injury, Rudy managed to achieve a few world records at the USPA Nationals.
Rudy Kadlub’s Full Performance
Squat: 463 pounds (210 kilograms) — U100KG Masters Drug-Tested USPA World Record
Bench Press: 286.6 pounds (130 kilograms)
Deadlift: 513.6 pounds (233 kilograms) — U100KG Masters Drug-Tested USPA World Record
Total: 1,263.2 pounds (573 kilograms)
“More than pleased with my performance at the USPA Nationals especially in light of having suffered a significant Serratus strain eight days prior to the meet.
took first place AND Best Lifter in both Full Power and Deadlift only.”
The 2023 USPA Nationals were Rudy Kadlub’s 41st-sanctioned powerlifting appearance and his 35th career victory. In addition, he once again proved that age does not have to be a limiting factor and that anything is possible.
Data Source: Open Powerlifting. Last Updated: August 17, 2023
Rudy Kadlub almost withdrew from the 2023 USPA Nationals as he suffered from severe pain around his rib cage. Despite this, he managed to participate. Moreover, he also set two new World Records and was crowned as the Best Lifter.
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