63-Year-Old David Ricks (93KG) Deadlifts 285 Kilograms (628 Pounds) Raw For 5 Reps

Ricks pulled a handful of reps that were each about six pounds shy of his IPF raw deadlift world record.

Some athletes seem capable of endlessly adding weight plates to their barbells, regardless of age. David Ricks is one such athlete. The 63-year-old powerlifter took to his Instagram page on Aug. 23, 2022, to share a video wherein he deadlifted 284.9 kilograms (628 pounds) raw in a sumo stance for five unbroken reps. 

Ricks performed that deadlift set with a mixed grip while wearing a lifting belt and wrist wraps. Check it out below:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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[Related: John LaFlamme (93KG) Sets New Masters 4 IPF Raw Squat World Record of 198 Kilograms (436.5 Pounds)]

Not only was the set immensely heavy — over three times his competition body weight, as Ricks has competed exclusively in the 93-kilogram class since 2011 — each rep was just under six pounds shy of matching his current Masters 3 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) raw deadlift world record of 287.5 kilograms (633.8 pounds).

63 Years old. Still grinding away.

Ricks achieved the Masters 3 IPF raw deadlift world record at the 2021 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Halmstad, Sweden. Below are the stats from his performance at that meet:

2021 IPF World Classic Championships | David Ricks, 93KG, Masters 3

  • Squat
    • 265 kilograms (584.2 pounds)
    • 282.5 kilograms (622.8 pounds)
    • 282.5 kilograms (622.8 pounds)
  • Bench Press
    • 180 kilograms (396.8 pounds)
    • 192.5 kilograms (424.4 pounds)
    • 198 kilograms (436.5 pounds)
  • Deadlift
    • 260 kilograms (573.2 pounds)
    • 273 kilograms (601.9 pounds)
    • 287.5 kilograms (633.8 pounds)
  • Total — 750.5 kilograms (1,654.6 pounds)

The next sanctioned meet Ricks will compete in is the 2022 IPF Masters World Classic Championships in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada, on Oct. 8-15, 2022.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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[Related: Powerlifter Kheycie Romero (90KG) Deadlifts 238.1 Kilograms For Five Reps Unbroken in Training]

Ricks will enter the 2022 IPF Masters World Championships with all four current Masters 3 IPF raw world records — in the squat, bench press, deadlift, and total — to his name in the 93-kilogram class. They are as follows:

IPF Masters 3 Raw World Records | Men’s 93KG

  • Squat — 305 kilograms (672.4 pounds) — David Ricks, 2022 IPF World Championships
  • Bench Press — 202.5 kilograms (446.4 pounds) — David Ricks, 2022 IPF World Championships
  • Deadlift — 287.5 kilograms (633.8 pounds) — David Ricks, 2021 IPF World Championships
  • Total — 772.5 kilograms (1,703.1 pounds) — David Ricks, 2022 IPF World Championships

We’ll see if Ricks’ massive training sets prepare him to rewrite the record books in Newfoundland in October.

Featured image: @ricks.david on Instagram