Powerlifting USA memories, April 1989 issue

Powerlifting USA april 1989 cover O.D. Wilson
Powerlifting USA, April 1989, the Late, great, O.D. Wilson on the cover
I found a stack of old Powerlifting USA magazines that I saved from when I first started powerlifting.  It's fun to look at them now, 20+ years later to see what has changed and what hasn't.  This issue was always one of my favorites because O.D. Wilson was on the cover.   He was not only super-humanly strong but ridiculously huge.  I never had the privilege of seeing him lift in person but I remember seeing him in the crowd at the 1988 USPF Senior Nationals and he made Mike Hall look normal sized.   Mike Hall was probably 6'3" and at least 365 lbs.  Their true weights were unknown because the scale at that Sr. Nats didn't go high enough to weigh them.
O.D. Wilson, Powerlifting USA
Steve Goggins and two pics of the behemoth, O.D. Wilson
Yes, that's a regulation 7' powerlifting bar in those two pics of O.D. Wilson.  He's collar to collar in that squat picture--that's how us normal sized folk look with a 5' bar.  Using a 32" wide bench press grip, it's still barely wider than the mid-width grips endorsed by many top raw benchers today.  By the way, in that meet, the 1989 Armed Forces Championships, O.D. Wilson squatted 1003, benched 562, and deadlifted 876 lbs for a then, all-time total record of 2430 lbs.  His weight at that meet was measured at 380 lbs.

Looking back at a slice of powerlifting in 1989, it's interesting to see how much remains the same.  Take these ads for supplements.  The claims are the same, only the ingredients have changed.  Anything to separate impressionable young lifters or naive older lifters out of their hard-earned cash.

Curtis Leslie gamma oryzanol ad
Powerlifting Great Curtis Leslie endorsing Gamma Oryzanol

Marathon supplement advertisement
Marathon Nutrition used to run 6-8 pages of ads each issue.
Just like the ads of today, the ads of yesterday all utilized poorly applied "science" to tout the latest and greatest "growth enhancers" or "200% increase in muscle mass and strength gains".  Glossy ads or sensationalist claims or both.  I spent many a dollar being suckered into buying these things.


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