Rob Nikoleychuk had a dream competition at the 2019 GPC Nationals May 11 and 12 in Edmonton. He returned to Fort St. John with five-first place finishes at 178lbs (full power, squat only, bench only, deadlift only, and push and pull).
He also set 12 national records, two world records, and won the Best Overall Lifter award for the weekend.
While the number of national records he won are what stands out, the world records are what Nikoleychuk has been after. He has the world record for squat only in both the open and submaster class with a weight of 628lbs.
His other final weights were a lift of 446lbs in bench press and 550lbs in deadlift.
“It was good to finally get some world records, especially in my first competition back at full power,” said Nikoleychuk.
He hadn’t competed in full power, which consists bench press, dead lift, and squat, since tearing two of his vertebrae in 2017. Since then, he’s just been doing bench press, but full power is where he belongs.
Despite the world records and being named best overall lifter, Nikoleychuk was left wanting more. He went for the world record in deadlift with an attempt of 611lbs but didn’t make it. He also tried to break the full power squat record of 660lbs with a weight of 672lbs but didn’t get that either.
“I’ll get those records at worlds. I haven’t competed at this weight in a while so I just have to keep working at it,” Nikoleychuk said.
Nikoleychuk is unsure if he’ll attend the CPL Nationals on August 3, but will definitely be in Nove Zamky, Slovakia, for the 2019 GPC World Championships, October 20 to 27.
Nikoleychuk has his eyes set on full power squatting over 700lbs. The challenge of breaking world records and doing something that hasn’t been done is what fuels him. After all, this is what he enjoys doing — he’s at the gym the same time consistently, whether he’s training for the world championships or not.
“This is how I am, I train the same no matter what, and this is what I love to do,” Nikoleychuk said.
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