November 2016 Featured Lifter

USAPL-NY would like to spotlight some of the stand-outs in the state. We will feature a new lifter each month, and ask them some random questions to get some insight into what makes them tick…..

This month’s featured lifter is Wesley Jim Kipp.


A little about Jim Kipp

Age 54

83kg weight class Masters 2

Is the IPF 2014 Masters 2 World Champion and currently holds several NYS Records, Pan Am Squat , Bench and total Record. He also have a World Record in 3 lift bench press. He has been on 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 World Bench Press teams. He is the Masters 2 83 kg Team Member for the World Championships in Lithuania for 2017

I got into lifting after my doctor told me he wanted to put me on blood pressure and cholesterol meds. I told him, let me change my diet and get exercising.

Through proper diet and weight  training I got everything under control with NO MEDs.  Then a friend suggested I should compete in powerlifting. So I gave it a try and loved it. This was in 2011, I got the bug and had to continue.

I decided to hold my first meet after noticing there wasn’t many meets in the state. My goal is to bring USA Powerlifting to all corners of the state. I started holding meets in Latham NY, and it has grown from there. Now I bring my equipment to places like Long Island, Buffalo, Staten Island and Watertown. I try to hold quality meets that lifters want to be a part of.

After running my first meet, the National Judges made some calls to the National Office and suggested they make me Co-Chair so I could assist the current state chair, since he was overwhelmed with his current duties at West Point.

That following October I was voted in by the lifters as their New York State Chair. I have grown NY membership in USA Powerlifting from 260 lifter back in 2013 to around 833 members today.

Home City: Cohoes NY, but grew up in West Sand Lake, NY

Schools: Averill Park

Question and Answer time!!

USAPL-NY: What got you interested in Powerlifting?

Jim Kipp: I never heard of powerlifitng until a friend from HS told me I should compete.

USAPL-NY: Where was your first meet?

JK: A gym meet at Best Fitness. Metroland Championships. A non sanctioned meet

USAPL-NY: What have you learned since that first meet?

JK: Patience!, The day of a meet warm ups are that warm ups, not another workout.

USAPL-NY: What goals do you have for the future?

JK: I want to get the World Record in Bench. Masters 2. Make a 3 lift world team. Squat 600 Bench 500++ and pull over 500

USAPL-NY: What is your favorite lift and why?

JK: Bench, because I love holding that heavy weight in my hands.

USAPL-NYWhat is your least favorite lift and why?

JK: Deadlift because I cannot seem to get my form right for my body type

USAPL-NYDo you follow a specific training program? And if you do what is it? 

JK: I follow a progressive training program.

USAPL-NY: Do you lift as part of a team? Who are they and how did you become part of that group?

JK: I am not part of a team. As state chair I do not feel it is fair to be part of an individual team. I don’t want to be perceived as playing favorites with any lifters

USAPL-NY: What advice would you give any new lifter young or old?

JK: Have fun, don’t worry about your total compared to others. Just go in have fun. After a couple years of Raw lifting try some geared lifting. Geared lifting is a whole other skill set. It is intense and can be unforgiving.

USAPL-NY: Tell us something about you that others in the PL world don’t know about you?

JK: I am always trying to learn more. I am very self-reflecting and am my own biggest critic.


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