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The Item: Career Updates, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes had career updates or made recent guest appearances at various bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" latest roundup includes powerlifting and show-promoting pros.

The "So What?": Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Stan Efferding set a new raw powerlifting record with a total of 2,303 lbs. (865.2 squat; 600.7 bench press; 837.5 deadlift). Efferding's total tops the record previously set by WSM World's Strongest Man competitor and weightlifter Jon Cole in 1972, and it makes 45-year-old Efferding the first athlete in the 275-pound weight class to total over 2,300 lbs. (only 7 other athletes, of any bodyweight, have lifted totals over 2,300 lbs.).

At the 2009 Southern Powerlifting Federation (SPF) Meet, Efferding racked up a total of 2,221.2 lbs. (821 squat; 606.3 bench press; 794 deadlift), only 38 lbs. shy of Cole's all-time raw world record. Efferding also won the 2010 Olympia World's Strongest Professional Bodybuilder title with a 1,428 lb push/pull total (628 bench press; 800 deadlift), beating previous winner IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson's record by almost 100 lbs.

4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler hosts the NPC Jay Cutler Desert Classic Championships in Las Vegas, NV, this weekend (March 30). Over a week ago, Cutler guest-posed and made a seminar appearance on a tour through Toronto, Canada. IFBB Pro Evan Centopani and IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan (prepping for the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Brasil on the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series circuit) recently signed exclusive media contracts.

Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Powerlifting fans are quick to point out that Efferding's record should/would only apply to the SPF not the AAU federation in which Cole competed. That aside, to become an IFBB pro bodybuilder at 41 and set strength records at 45, they don't call Efferding the "Rhino" for nothing.

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