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25, 35 or 45 - A Second World Record Based On Team Work & No Performance Enhancing Drugs

New world record a result of team work over a 12 month period, and 16 years of core weightlifting.

Walter Urban
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(NIAGRA FALLS) - On September 29th 2012 I attempted to set another Guinness World Record for the most amount of weight sumo deadlifted in one minute at the age of 54! The outcome was the result of six key athletic training elements.

At approximately 4:30 pm ET at the Guinness World Records Museum in Niagara Falls I established a new world record by lifting a 215 lb weightlifting bar 49 times for a total of 10,535 lbs in 60 seconds!

The simplest way to relate to lifting 10,535 lbs is that its equivalent to lifting about 450 cases of water in a grocery store or a fireman lifting a 165 lb person 61 times in one minute!

A link to TV coverage of the events is at

The effort to break the current world record was the result of team work over a 12 month period, supported by 16 years of core weightlifting work. As always, my effort is to bring attention to the fact “Age is not a Barrier”. Adults can continue to remain healthy and get stronger longer than ever before, well into their 50’s and 60’s. As well I want to stress the fact that “steroids are not always necessary” to reach new heights in athletic performance. The goal is to raise awareness and success of “drug free” performance among young amateur athletes around the US and Canada.

More than ever I am convinced drug free and elite athletic performance at any age is the result of:


1.     Assembling a team of area specific experts

2.     Maximizing specific technique training

3.     Maximizing physical preparedness and physical recovery.

4.     Ensuring nutritional preparedness

5.     Practicing Injury avoidance

6.     Perfecting mental performance (40% to 50% of effort the day of an attempt)

Walter Urban is a US Citizen working and living in Guelph, Ontario. He is currently training to attempt breaking two new Guinness World Records in 2013. For more information on Walter visit

To find more information on Walter Urban and his World and National records please visit:


Walter Urban’s unique story of motivation and inspiration is supported by a core message of team work – assembling a team, developing a project plan, implementing the plan and executing and adhering to the plan - accomplishing the goal of breaking a Guinness World Record.

The husband and father of three girls 12, 9 and 5 is a US Citizen living and working in Canada. A competitive powerlifter for over 15 years competing in the 75 kg 165 lbs. weight class, Walter was a member of the Canadian Masters Powerlifting Team 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, competing in World Championships in South Africa, Ostrava Czech Republic and Plzen Czech Republic. His best finish was 6th place at the 2010 World Championships in Plzen Czech Republic. Walter has been a dedicated member of GoodLife Fitness Club for over 15 years where he trains regularly.

The World Record was accomplished by developing the “total” athlete as part of the team - mental, physical, internal and external.

Friday September 17 2011: 53-year-old Walter Urban set a new Guinness World Record for the most amount of weight squat lifted in one hour – drug free - on LIVE! with Regis and Kelly. The former record was 125,065 lbs, set in 2009 by a 32-year-old man. Walter’s goal was to lift 126,000 lbs which was to be accomplished by completing 700 to 1000 squats in one hour or 11 to 17 squats per minute for 60 minutes. Not only did he meet his goal, but he surpassed it and lifted 127, 245 lbs! The Guinness World Record representative said that this weight was “equivalent to approximately 20 African Elephants.”

When asked by Regis what motivated Walter to do this, Urban’s reply was “to show that you can be healthy, fit and strong at any age…even into your 90’s. You can be strong without the use of performance enhancing drugs, and finally…he likes a challenge!”



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