John LaFlamme has been powerlifting in some aggressive capability for a lot of his grownup life. Even with an absence between his youth within the late Seventies and his 60s within the early 2010s — in line with Open Powerlifting — the 71-year-old athlete seemingly builds extra power and muscle by the day. His latest leg power demonstration is a superb instance of his progress. 

On July 20, 2022, LaFlamme (83KG) shared footage on his Instagram web page whereby he accomplished a uncooked 193.7-kilogram (427-pound) again squat throughout a coaching session. It is a brand new private file (PR) for LaFlamme. The determine can also be 1.54 kilos greater than his personal International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Record within the Masters 4 (age 70+) division. The 83-kilogram athlete achieved that 193-kilogram (425.5-pound) file squat on the 2021 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships. 

LaFlamme wore only a lifting belt and knee sleeves to attain his new PR.  Check it out under:

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It’s not usually a powerlifter breaks data throughout two divisions with one coaching feat, however that’s exactly what the LaFlamme completed. His new prime squat PR unofficially exceeds the world data in two IPF Masters 4 weight class classes.

In addition to the 83-kilogram division, LaFlamme’s 193.7-kilogram (427-pound) squat is 2.6 kilos greater than Christian Buch’s IPF Masters 4 World Record for the 93-kilogram class. Buch captured his official file squat mark of 192.5 kilograms (424.4 kilos) on the 2019 European Powerlifting Federation (EPF) European Masters Classic Championships. 

LaFlamme at a Glance

At age 27, LaFlamme made his aggressive powerlifting debut in 1978 throughout the AAU Maine State Powerlifting Championships. Since then, LaFlamme has participated in 48 sanctioned contests, profitable 28 occasions over a number of divisions, typically competing uncooked and with wraps on the similar competitions. After a number of promising podium ends in the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships (2017-2019), LaFlamme lastly broke by way of with a win within the Masters 4 83-kilogram division throughout the 2021 version — arguably the highest results of his profession. 

Here are LaFlamme’s uncooked 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) 

*Note: LaFlamme’s 210-kilogram (462.9) uncooked squat is from the 2018 USA Powerlifting Virginia State Championships. However, that quantity got here as a 90-kilogram competitor and wouldn’t depend as a World Record anyway as a result of it didn’t happen in a world contest. 

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What’s Next

With his present tempo, LaFlamme may quickly garner a noteworthy milestone. Should he add 6.3 kilograms (13.9 kilos) to his squat, LaFlamme would turn out to be the primary IPF Masters 4 powerlifter to squat at the least 200 kilograms (440.9 kilos). At the time of this writing, the 71-year-old athlete hasn’t revealed when his subsequent sanctioned contest might be.

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