During the current 2022 North American Powerlifting Federation (NAPF) North American Regional Powerlifting Championships, powerlifter John LaFlamme (93KG) squatted 198 kilograms (436.5 kilos) uncooked. The energy feat demonstrating LaFlamme’s leg energy is a new Masters 4 (ages 70-plus) International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Record. The contest happened on August 14-20, 2022, in Panama.

The 71-year-old LaFlamme’s new file surpasses the earlier mark by 5.5 kilograms (12.1 kilos). Christian Buchs, 74, held the previous file with a squat of 192.5 kilograms (424.4 kilos) on the 2019 European Powerlifting Federation (EPF) European Masters Classic Championships.

LaFlamme donned a lifting belt and had knee sleeves on to assist him seize this file squat. 

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LaFlamme’s recent squat file within the Masters 4 division is likely to be much more noteworthy, contemplating he moved up a weight class. The American athlete has competed as an 83-kilogram competitor in 11 of 12 contests relationship again to October 2018. On this event, per LaFlamme’s social media, he weighed in at 198 kilos or 89.8 kilograms — sufficient to compete within the 93-kilogram class.

By capturing the Masters 4 IPF World Record within the 93-kilogram division, LaFlamme now owns the file mark in each the 83 and 93-kilogram weight lessons. LaFlamme squatted 193 kilograms (425.5 kilos) on the 2021 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships for the 83-kilogram file; he additionally received the competition.

“In 2020, the year I became a Masters 4 [powerlifter], my goal was to compete twice internationally to break both the Masters 4 83-kilogram and 93-kilogram weight class raw squat World Records,” LaFlamme stated on Instagram. “A huge thanks to the NAPF community for your kindness and friendship at the 2022 NAPF Championships.”

LaFlamme has been aggressive powerlifting in some capability since April 1978. After an absence from the mid-Nineteen Eighties via the 2000s, he returned as a Masters 60-64 competitor in November 2013. Here’s a rundown of LaFlamme’s all-time competitors bests:

John LaFlamme | All-Time Raw Competition Bests

  • Squat — 210 kilograms (462.9 kilos) 
  • Bench Press — 112.5 kilograms (248 kilos)
  • Deadlift — 245 kilograms (540.1 kilos)
  • Total —  557.5 kilograms (1,229 kilos) 

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On the Brink

Should LaFlamme add simply two kilograms (4.4 kilos) to his squat in a future competitors, he would turn out to be the primary Masters 4 powerlifter to squat not less than 200 kilograms (440.9 kilos). Notably, LaFlamme as soon as squatted 210 kilograms (462.9 kilos) on the 2018 USA Powerlifting Virginia State Championships. However, LaFlamme was 67 years outdated then, and that was as an Open competitor. 

Between a number of Open and Masters divisions since 1978, the subsequent time LaFlamme competes may even be his official fiftieth aggressive look as a powerlifter. It’ll be however one other achievement for a long-time powerlifting icon. 

Featured picture: @johnlaflamme83kg on Instagram