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with Walter "Truck"
KP: How about some background information.
WF: I wa=
December 3, 1955, in
KP: How and when di=
get started in the sport of powerlifting? <=
WF: I st=
lifting with my dad as a young boy. I continued lifting throughout high sch=
I set school records in the military press and the bench press at
KP: What kind of ex= perience in powerlifting do you have? =
WF: I ha= ve competed in over 90 meets in 28 cities and five different States. I have ov= er 150 titles and awards.
KP: What are your b= est lifts?
WF: Best= lifts include: 611 in deadlift, 406 in the bench pres= s, 588 for the squat. These were all at a body weight of = 242 pounds.
KP: Can you share y= our views on drug testing?
WF: I be= lieve all meets should be drug tested. But testing random lifters - maybe a couple each meet, would be the = only financially feasible solution for the meet promoters. Steroid users, you are only lying to yourselves.
KP: What supplement= s do you take?
WF: Whey Protein, creatine, amino acids, DHEA, OKG, a go= od multivitamin, B-Complex with C, two aspirin every 12 hours as a blood thinn= er and I have to take Celebrex for my arthritis.
KP: What is your wo= rkout regimen?
surgery in 1985, I only train for the bench press. I train bench press on
Sundays. I do medium to low reps and heavy weight using four different grip
widths, cycling according to how close I am to a contest. I utilize board
presses and chains in my bench press routine. I also do inclines, curls, ro=
shrugs and front raises on that day. On Wednesday I do a light workout
including eight sets of three reps on the bench at 55% of my max with 45
seconds rest between sets. Wednesday is called acceleration day. About every
two weeks I work out at
KP: What goals do y= ou have in the sport of powerlifting?=
WF: I wa= nt to lift until I'm 51 years old and outlast Keith "House" Payne and L= yle "Hitman" Hogan.=
KP: Why 51?
WF: I wa= nt to lift for a full year and bench press 400 lbs. raw as a 50 year old and maybe set some records in the 50-59 year old masters division.
KP: What type (if a= ny) supportive gear do you wear?
KP: What are your v= iews on supportive gear?
WF: I do= n't wear any. I want to know that I'm lifting the weight, not the supportive gear lifting it.
KP: Any outstanding=
that have happened to you in powerlifting? =
WF: Yes,= One time I helped carry a house before a powerlifting meet.
KP: You did what?= span>
WF: I was
invited to participate with about 95 other powerlifter=
in the "That's Incredible"
KP: As far as train= ing goes, what type of equipment do you use?
WF: All =
weight. It's the only way to develop proper joint and ligament strength, no=
mention 20 inch arms. Has a m=
trained individual ever competed in a weight lifting competition? =
KP: What organizati= ons have you lifted in?
WF: It w=
easier to list the ones I haven't lifted in. NASA, USPF, APA, USAPL, AAU, W=
and numerous non- sanctioned events including all the
KP: What weight cla= ss are you in and do you hold any records?
WF: I ha=
competed in the 280 and the 315 classes. I am the NASA Raw Masters 40+ Nati=
Bench Press Champion in the 315 division for 1999, won in
KP: What is your fa= vorite lift?
WF: The =
deadlift was always my favorite. My back always responded well to weight training for this lift. Kei=
"House" Payne, Mike "Young Lion" Lovelace, Lyle "<=
class=3DSpellE>Hitman" Hogan and
KP: Any training ti= ps?
WF: Alwa= ys use perfect form when training. It helps prevent injuries and also helps to keep perfect technique in competition. Hitting that perfect groove and sweet spo= t at a meet are the results of slow, deliberate descent of the bar while training every repetition for 12 months a year.
KP: Anything you wo= uld like to see changed in powerlifting?
WF: All = meets should be drug tested and raw.
KP: Do you have any= advice to the younger lifter regarding training and supplementation?
WF: Disc= ipline and consistency are very important in powerlifting. Young folks need to learn that there are no shortcuts to huge strength. You can't buy it either. The only way to get it is "WORK". Live health= y, stay away from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. Proper nutrition and rest are essential.
KP: What are some o= f your interests outside powerlifting?
Wrestling. In 1986 I competed i=
KP: Who are the peo= ple you admire and who inspires your lifting?
WF: My f= ather, mother and girlfriend have always been inspirational and have helped me wit= h my training and provided me with good nutritious meals. I admire all of them f= or putting up with me all these years.
KP: What is the big= gest challenge to your lifting success?
WF: My f= ather passing away in 1997 was the toughest. Trying to work a 50 hour week and spend time with my family and girlfriend while maintaining a consistent training schedule has been difficult. Training thr= ough prior injuries, and my painful arthritic condition from 25 years of athleti= cs has also been tough. Twice, fluid has been drawn from my left knee.
KP: How important a= re training partners to you?
WF: Extr= emely important from the standpoint of motivation and safety. I also enjoy punish= ing my workout partners Mike "Young Lion" Lovelace, Keith "Take = it to the House" Payne, Kent "Brick" Wall and the head man himself Lyle "Hitman" Hogan.
KP: What does your = diet consist of?
WF: High= protein foods including 3 gallons of 1% milk per week, a= nd as much peach ice cream as I can eat.
KP: How do you see = the sport of powerlifting in the future?=
WF: I li= fted in the days before supportive equipment when men were men and sheep were nervo= us. I have always lifted raw and thought it was more interesting to see what a = man could lift instead of his shirt. For every piece of equipment used, more credibility is lost. Powerlifting will never be accepted as an Olympic sport until we get rid of the supportive equipment t= hat some lifters use. Can you imagine an Olympic lifter putting on his/her clean and jerk shirt in front of a worldwide television audience and doing their mummy imitation while walking to the lifting platform?
KP: Any final comme= nts?
WF: I'm = thankful everyday that I still have the strength, health and good fortune to lift at= 45 years of age. Also, tha= nk you Keith "House" Payne for your tireless work on our website and for being my training partner.
Thanks to my dad and mom, Ray and
Lorene, and a very special thank you to my beloved and beautiful girlfriend=