If you looked at a young Patrick John Casey, you would be forgiven for not thinking of him as a future “King of Powerlifters”.
Born to a relatively poor family in Los Angeles, 1939, Pat was a relatively undersized kid who was often the subject of incessant bullying from other neighborhood kids. He lived in a rough suburb and toughness and fortitude was a necessary requirement for physical survival.
Enter a 110lb Paramount barbell set and a gradual but steady increase in muscle mass and overall strength ensued.
If you ask someone in the sport, “What makes a powerlifting legend?”, then there would be very few that do not pass comment on Larry Pacifico. Born in 1946, Pacifico stormed the world powerlifting scene by winning nine consecutive world powerlifting championships from 1971-1979.
Larry was a talented high school athlete. By his senior year he could already bench 300lbs at a weight of 170. Honing his skills in the 1960’s Pacifico entered the world stage in 1971. It was not long before Pacifico was considered the best pound-for-pound powerlifter of the 1970’s and became known as “Mr. Powerlifting”. Pacifico attributes his success to coach Bob Matz and his training partners.
The story of American powerlifter Bill "Peanuts" West is a true-life lesson about drive, passion, motivation and determination. Named William Weiss, at birth in 1937 Pennsylvania, Peanuts was a weak and skinny child. Weighing less than 100 pounds as a teen, he picked up his first weights at age 15. In 1952, he was encouraged by Gene Wells to try weight training and started initially with very light dumbbells. In a couple of years, his bodyweight increased dramatically thanks to a training regime incorporating progressive resistance and sourcing his protein from peanuts, peanut butter and peanut oil for the purpose of muscle gain.