On April 10, powerlifter and Kabuki Strength CEO Rudy Kadlub set an unofficial world record with a 520lb deadlift on his 72nd birthday. Five days before his actual birthday Kadlub celebrated with a 380lb for seven reps, according to Barbend.

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Rudy Kadlub deadlifting

Kadlub started lifting in his mid-50s after a ski injury landed him in physical therapy, according to MSN

Kadlub told MSN:

The PT was at a gym where I would lift weights after my sessions, and I was able to bench-press increasingly more weight. I was inching closer to the state bench-press record. Being a goal-oriented person, I signed up for a powerlifting meet one year later and set all four state records for the squat, bench press, deadlift, and total weight lifted.

He has set more than 60 national and world records for his age and weight. In the U.S. Powerlifting Association’s 2020 North American Championship, Kadlub set multiple world records: a 430 lb squat, 303lb bench press, 518lb deadlift (the current Master’s world record), a 1251lb total. He is currently the defending International Powerlifting League world champion for 70-74 age group.

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Kadlub explained his strategy:

Rather than repeating the same training routine from week to week, my coach and I use training blocks designed separately for hypertrophy, strength, and power. Sets and reps vary accordingly, from higher reps—six to ten—for hypertrophy, four to six for strength, and one to three for power. I train smart, five days a week, for about six to eight hours a week total. I focus one day each on the big three—squat, bench press, and deadlift—and do two days of light supplemental work. Smart training is listening to my body. I cut back or skip training if I’m feeling like I need a longer recovery from the previous session(s).

On Instagram Kadlub said:

If you’ve ever thought to yourself “…I’m too _____ to lift and get stronger” …well, get that shit out of your head right now because #ThereIsAlwaysMore 

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