GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR MOST WEIGHT SQUATED LIFTED
IN ONE HOUR
Live with Regis & Kelly 9.15.11
ABC Studios 7 Lincoln Square, New York, NY 10023
On September 15, 2011 53 year old Walter Urban broke the current Guinness Book of World Records record for the most amount of weight lifted squatting in one hour – drug free on Live with Regis and Kelly. The past record was 125,065 lbs and set in 2009 by 32 year old Six Pack Lapadat of. Walter's record weight was 127,245 lbs which was accomplished by completing 904 squats in one hour or 15 squats per minute at an average weight of 140 lbs for 60 minutes.
The effort to breark the current world record was to bring attention to the fact the adults can continue to remain healthy and get stronger longer than even before well into their 50's and 60's. Additionally, to bring attention to the fact that "steroids" are not necessary to reach new heights in atheltic performance – with the hope of raising awareness of "drug free" performance among young amateur athletes around the US.
Walter was independently drug tested for performance enhancing drugs Friday September 9th, 2011 by Evans OCC Health Clinic in Toronto Canada in conjunction with Live with Regis & Kelly and Health Street NYC. He tested negative for any performance enhancing drugs.
New York, NY 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!"
Walter was independently and voluntarily drug tested for performance enhancing drugs Friday September 9, 2011 by Evans OCC Health Clinic in Toronto, Canada in conjunction with LIVE! with Regis and Kelly and Health Street NYC. He tested negative for any performance enhancing drugs.
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.
Walter's support team includes: Former World Champion Mark Giffin who is currently a Fitness Manager with GoodLife Fitness, the largest fitness club chain in Canada and the 5th largest in the world; Mental Performance Coach and Team Spokesperson Dr. Sue Wilson; and Active Release and PT Coach Dr. Aras Kevedras.
Weight lifting Credentials
Member Canadian Masters Powelifting Team 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 (2011 nominated but declined to compete to focus training on breaking current Guinness World Record for "Most Weight Lifted in 1 Hour by Squatting")
|Competition weight:||74kg Weight Class 163.5 lbs|
|Competing Since:||Competing drug free since 1997|
|Affiliation:||Member Iron Foundation since 2001
OPA - Ontario Powerlifting Association
CPU - Canadian Powerlifting Union
IPF – International Powerlifting Federation
Best Lifts To Date:
|Deadlift:||507.5 October 1st, 2011 World Championships 6th place|
|Squat:||492.5 lbs October 1st, 2011 World Championships|
|Bench Press:||319.5 lbs Canadian National Championships BC 2nd Place|
|Records||Canadian National 74kg Masters Deadlift record 2011
Canadian National 74kg Masters Squat record 2011
Major Career Competitions
- 2011 Canadian Masters World Powerlifting Team - Nominated but declined to compete at World Championships to focus on World Record attempt for squatting 126,000 lbs in one hour
- 2011 Canadian Nationals 2nd 74kg
- 2010 Member Canadian Masters World Team – World Championships Plzen Czech Republic 6th
- 2010 Canadian Nationals 2nd 75kg
- 2010 Ontario Provincials – Gold
- 2009 Member Canadian Masters World Team – World Championships Ostrava Czech Republic – 9th
- 2009 Canadian Nationals - Sliver
- 2008 Canadian Nationals Bronze (Qualified for 2008 Master Worlds)
- 2007 Ontario Provincials Gold
- 2006 World Master Championships – selected for team – torn rotator cuff two weeks prior to event
- 2006 Canadian National Championships Bronze
- 2005 World Master Championships South Africa 8th place
- 2005 Canadian National Championships Silver Multiple other US and Canadian events
- 1997 – 2005 Various US and Canadian Regional and Provincial Events
Other Sports Accomplishment
Member 1982 United States Parachute Team - Para-ski Accuracy Team
D Licensed Skydiver
Member Eastern Pro Ski Tour 1978-1979
Competitive Runner 1977-1995
Skip Barber Formula Ford Series 1990-93 competed in the Barber Racing circuit racing on such exciting tracks as Road America, Pocono International Raceway, Lime Rock, Bridgehampton, Sebring, and Las Vegas. Testing included seat time in Super V and Indy Lights cars.
President Urban Dynamics Inc
Saultos Gymnastics Club Ontario – Board of Directors
Assistant Coach Ontario Girls Rep Softball 2010, 2011
Licensed Private Pilot