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The Item: Career Updates, Special Appearances, Strength Sports, Powerlifting, 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 sports, bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. When they're not competing in physique contests, some IFBB Pros pull double-duty as powerlifters, throwing significantly heavier poundage than they do in preparation to step on bodybuilding stages. The latest "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup includes a "small" but mighty lifter and a massive Masters-level bodybuilder.

The "So What?": Over the weekend, 5'2", 185-pound IFBB Pro Derik Farnsworth squatted 545 lbs. for nine reps, followed by three reps of 600 lbs. at the Metroflex Gym Holiday Bash in Long Beach, California, where, as I just reported, 2011 NPC Mr. USA and IFBB Pro IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo guest-posed. Also, in advance of his upcoming DVD release, a video clip was recently posted online of 260-pound IFBB Pro Stan Efferding deadlifting 700 lbs. without a lifting belt or wrist straps.

Derik Farnsworth's lift was part of a benefit for a crisis center. Known for his Quadzilla-like quadriceps development, Farnsworth performed his lift for the fans on hand, as well one of pro bodybuilding's "King of Quads," retired IFBB Pro Tom Platz (a.k.a. "Quadfather" and "The Golden Eagle"). Farnsworth called the feat, "Just another day at the office." According to his website, 2009 NPC Masters National Bodybuilding Champion Stan Efferding is the #1 ranked raw powerlifter in America, the #3 ranked raw powerlifter in the world, and his 2,221-pound total is currently the highest raw total in the world in any weight class and federation.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: It's always cool to see IFBB Pros showing athletic abilities and charitable interests outside of the competitive bodybuilding arena. IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson, IFBB Pro Ben White, and 2-time Mr. Olympia, retired IFBB Pro Franco Columbu (who competed in the first WSM World's Strongest Man contest in 1977, alongside TV's "Incredible Hulk" and 2-time Mr. Universe IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno) are also part of the strongman-bodybuilder or powerlifter-bodybuilder club along with Efferding, Farnsworth and Platz (who was once the Director of Talent Development for WWE CEO Vince McMahon's WBF World Bodybuilding Federation).

These strength athletes take the stage at big events like Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend or the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships either as bodybuilding contestants, powerlifting competitors at the fitness expo, or both. As I reported, the IFBB World's Strongest Bodybuilder Powerlifting Challenge was won by Jackson in 2008 and by Efferding in 2010.

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