08/19/19 – Results


AWPC World Powerlifting Competition

I turned 73 on August 16, and that very day I was participating in the AWPC World Powerlifting competition. I successfully broke Alexander Sorochinsky’s world record raw deadlift for a 70 to 74 year old, in the 198.2 lbs. or 90 Kg. weight category. 
Alexander set his record 374.7 lbs. or 170 Kg. raw deadlift back in 6/15/2013 in Moscow.  My raw deadlift was 380.2 lbs. or 172.5 Kg. I also won the raw bench press and raw deadlift in my category. However, I was surprised to learn I also received Outstanding Raw Deadlifter designation; which I thought was a big deal and never expected such an honor. 
I don’t believe anyone accomplishes anything without some help. Thank you
Alexander Sorochinsky for demonstrating what possible for older people.
Back in 10th grade in 1961, there were two teachers who set up a weight lifting training program after school, which was my first introduction to lifting weights.
My best friend, Freddy, introduced me to competitive powerlifting.
I have his trophy, the one he is holding, in my office as I type these words.
My friend Walter, who got me into deadlifting.
And especially Art, who got me back into competitive powerlifting in 2015 and taught me most of what I know about deadlifting. 
Art, is standing next to me, next is legendary Ernie Frantz, founder of the APF, AAPF, AWPC & WPC, followed by Janice, 76 year-old world champion and world record holder.   


Mind Gym

By Gary Mack with David Casstevens

I can’t even recall how many times I have tried Visualization without success. This time, I read this book over and over and I spent a month or so daily visualizing throughout the day every aspect of what I was going to do at the AWPC World’s from my warmup lifts through my three competitive attempts.

This book was written for athletes, but I think you can apply it just as well to other situations.

In Mind Gym, noted sports psychology consultant Gary Mack explains how your mind influences your performance on the field or on the court as much as your physical skill does, if not more so. Through forty accessible lessons and inspirational anecdotes from prominent athletes–many of whom he has worked with–you will learn the same techniques and exercises Mack uses to help elite athletes build mental “muscle.” Mind Gym will give you the “head edge” over the competition. (Source: Amazon)


I tried to watch a number of movies this week, but they were all so bad that I ended up making this film the movie of the week. In my defense, I was trapped in an airplane and had already seen any sort of worthwhile movie they had to offer.

As for this movie, I think the title says it all. Unless you really like Sam Elliot, I would pass on this one too.

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot (2018)


All Shook Up

By Elvis


This is definitely a classic photo. Although I have never been to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, I understand you can purchase the picture there.

The President and The King



(Jan. 8, 1935 – Aug. 16, 1977)

I think the following video does an excellent job of letting you know about Elvis, The King Of Rock N’ Roll.



It is important to eat right and here is an opportunity for you see see Elvis actually making is fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Queen wrote Crazy Little Thing Called Love as a tribute song to Elvis.

Elvis liked the song so much he recorded it with Freddie Mercury right there in the studio.


It is so hard for me to believe, but there are people out there with the attitude that if you lend them money, it means you don’t need it back.





Will I set a new AWPC raw deadlift record on my 73 birthday?

Yes  100%  (26 votes) 

No  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 26

Regarding the film, “The Wrestler”

I saw the film and liked the film.  46.15%  (6 votes) 

I have not seen the film, but would like to see it.  30.77%  (4 votes) 

I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to see it.  23.08%  (3 votes) 

I saw the film and did not like it.  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 13
Between “Tuff Enuff” and the “Rocky Theme” song, which do you prefer?

Rocky  50%  (8 votes) 

I liked them both  37.5%  (6 votes) 

Tuff Enuff  12.5%  (2 votes) 

I didn’t like either  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Do you think you the less attachments you have, the more peace you experience?

Yes  73.33%  (11 votes) 

No  26.67%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 15
Regarding two ears and one mouth?

I talk and listen in equal amounts  60%  (9 votes) 

I listen twice as much as I talk  26.67%  (4 votes) 

I talk twice as much as I listen  13.33%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

What kind of person are you going to be today?

Extraordinary  66.67%  (10 votes) 

Mediocre  33.33%  (5 votes) 

Disappointment  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 15


If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

30 thoughts on “08/19/19 – Results

      • It’s sad, but at the same time, I’m not surprised. They didn’t keep up with the times and alienated too many people.


      • Yes Melissa, definitely sad. I had been going there for decades. While you were there, it was alway a Friday evening stop after work for Carol and I. But as time went on, the last year or two I was rarely there. It just wasn’t the same without the regular crew.


    • Thank you very much Nanette. It is easy for me to remember the day Elvis died, he died on my birthday in 1977. This year’s birthday was much better. My uncle actually knew Elvis.


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