Powerlifter Joe Lecuyer turned in another record-setting performance June 25, this time at the Canadian Powerlifting Federation’s national championships in Amherst, Nova Scotia.
He was named the best lifter among the men, in the ‘raw’ category. (In the raw category, lifters are unequipped, i.e., only the singlet, belt and wrist wraps are allowed.)
His performance – 300 kg in the squat lift, 240 kg in the bench press, and 300 kg in the deadlift – placed him first in his weight class (140 kg; he weighed in at 135.4 kg) and division. His total – 840 kg – bested the national record he set at the Ontario provincial championships last October. He also set national records with his squat lift and bench press.
At CPF events, lifters get three chances at each station. Lecuyer missed at 290 kg in his first squat, but then nailed his next two, at 290 and then 300 kg. In the bench press, he succeeded at 230 kg and 240 kg, and then came up tantalizingly short at 247.5 kg, which would have set a new world record. Finally, in the deadlift, he succeeded at 290 kg, then got 300 kg on his second try.
There were close to 100 lifters competing at Amherst, 64 amateurs and 33 pros. Powerlifters can be compared across classes using a strength coefficient developed by Powerlifting Australia. Using that measure, Lecuyer ranked fourth overall among all the lifters, pro and amateur.
His win earned him a spot at the Amateur World Powerlifting Congress’ World Cup, which will be held in Idaho Falls in September.