CrossFit Basel Headcoach Ramon Gysin competed in the European Powerlifting Championships 2014 (WDFPF) in Belfast last Saturday May 10th.
He came in second after the very strong italian stallion Corrado Siragusa in the -100kg weight class. This was Ramons 10th! Podium spot at an international Powerlifting Championship.
For the second time Ramon squatted a World Record in the Backsquat: 274kg
What is Powerlifting?
Powerlifting was established to find the strongest men and women. Athletes compete in the 3 movements Backsquat, Bench Press and Deadlift. Every athlete has 3 attempts in each movement, the best attempt of each movement counts towards a total, the athlete moving the most weight wins.
There are raw competitions where only a belt is allowed and there are equipped competitions (single ply => one layer of suits/equipment and multi ply => several layers of equipment) where athletes wear assistant suits, briefs and knee wraps to be able to lift much more weight.
Ramon is competing raw.
What is the WDFPF?
The World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation was founded to give drug free lifters a home as in most strength sports there is no or little drug testing. In fact there is no other sports federation (including ALL olympic sports!) in the world today that knows such severe punishment like the WDFPF. If an athlete is tested positive he will be banned FOR LIFE and all past results will be erased.
Here are Ramon’s best lifts from the competition:
2. 274kg World Record
Ramon totaled 705kg. Corrado Siragusa won with a total of 722.5kg, he also won the best lifter trophy for being the strongest male athlete according to body weight and age adjusted points!
Congratulations to the rest of the athletes of the swiss team who all won their respectively category!
A special mention for Ramon’s Personal Training client Anna Wyss. She won the female category -55.5kg Bodyweight with a total of 272.5kg (100 – 62.5 – 110). Since working with Ramon she improved her total about 22.5kg (compared to personal bests previously made in training) and there is lots of potential for the future!