February 27th, 2017

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Heavy Squats by Marchuk (1980s)

Front Squats (V. Marchuk)


Fans of Iron Game often refer to record breaking leg strength of Olympic weightlifter Vladimir Marchuk and quote that he was able to squat 435KG three times! For those who are challenged by kilograms to pounds conversion, this is 960 lbs x3!


The cover photo features Vladimir Marchuk doing front squats during the training session in the early 1980s.


Olympic weightlifters do squat heavy but don’t compete in this discipline.


For the record, Marchuk was the first man in the world to clean-and-jerk 260kg.


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In the Middleweight

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Vasily Denisov (1955-1996) of Perm, Russia was one of the strongest Soviet middleweight athletes of the end of the 1970s and beginning of the 1980s. He won the 1980 USSR championship in the 75kg category and more.


He was killed at 41.


“Rest in peace, my dear brother,” said his brother Anatoly when he donated Vasily’s photo to for the Lift Up: History in Color series.


RIP, great lifter!