Today’s motivation video features IPF champion Tony Walton pulling raw at a recent deadlift party in Steve Goggins’ garage gym. Tony has been featured on the cover of the IPF magazine and is the 2016 USAPL National Champion in the 74kg/163lb weight class. He’s a truly strong individual who is also extremely likeable and fun to be around. As a side note, Tony was one of my main influences in my decision to improve my fat to muscle ratio as a powerlifter.
No Fat Powerlifters Here
For years, powerlifters carried a stigma as overweight, former athletes who stuffed themselves with bad food then squeezed everything into a suit designed to help them lift heavy weight. Whether that was accurate is a moot point. Times have changed and many powerlifters show up in condition similar to bodybuilders from the Golden Era of Bodybuilding.As you can see from the video, although Tony maintains a bodyweight between 162-164lbs, he has a high level of muscularity, meaning most of his body weight is functional tissue, designed to manhandle heavy weights over and over! Tony’s been known to pull 650lbs x 2 raw in training! That’s a big deal as he prepares to do his first raw meet in seven years this February.
Training in the garage is tough but these videos are here to help motivate you through the rest of the week. Stay encouraged, whether or not you feel like training is progressing. Everyone you see in magazines or on the Internet started somewhere. No matter where you are in your Iron Journey, stick to your basics and train hard until people want to post videos of you!