Muscle-Munch Talk’s with King of the Deadlift: Richard Hawthorne.

Muscle-Munch Talk’s with King of the Deadlift: Richard Hawthorne.

How did you get started?

I was in ninth grade and the powerlifting team needed someone at 114lb to complete their team. A friend of mine that lived down the street convinced me that I would be a good lifter and I should join. 11 years on and it turns out i’m not too bad at it haha!

I competed and won all four years of my high school career and continued to the national and international levels. At my first national meet I broke my first WABDL World Record in Deadlifting – 503 lbs @ 123 BW. From then on I started to compete in higher levels of the sport such as WABDL WORLDS and in the WPO as a teenager. My Squat had made it all the way up to 722 lbs (suited) @ 132lb and I was planning on breaking the Squat record at the 2006 WPO show at Arnold classic. Needless to say – I didn’t make it to the Classic! August 28 2005, Hurricane Katrina made her mark on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and 14 days later my daughter was born. With thousands of people out of work, no money and a new born baby it was hard. For The next four years I was in and out of jobs trying to make ends meet.

In 2009 me and my partner Tony Caprari  (multiple world PL champion) somehow manage to find time to train for 6 months and compete. This is where I pushed  my world record up to 611 lbs @ 128lb bodyweight. Things picked up at the end of 2010 where I prepared myself for putting my name and numbers back into the lime-light as well as starting my own gym with my partner Aaron BigRed Williams. Finally Southern-Elite PL & Training Facility of D’Iberville Ms was born!  So far 2011 has been a success for me – life is still rough around the edges.. But then again, when is life ever easy?

“Learn to stop at nothing because the unpaved road never ends” –                              Anon

What supplements do you use?

  •  Universal Ultra Whey Pro.
  • AnimalPak.

Example of Diet

I have a pretty basic diet, I try stick with high quality protein sources and low GI carb’s. But I have to say….I’m a meat eater! Good, bad, red, lean, whatever it is its going down!  With my small frame I have to eat whatever I can get to keep weight on.  I can easily weight-in between 115lb and 120lb if I don’t eat well due to the fact that I work 14 hours a day and work the night shift on weekends!

What does your current work-out routine look like?

Warm-up Deadlifts

  • 135 x 10×2
  • 225 x 10
  • 315 x 6-8
  • 405 x 3
  • 450 x 1

Work Set Deadlifts

  • 510 x 6
  • 525 x 6
  • 535 x 6

Box Pulls (Standing on a 6inch box)

  • 3 x 3 Singles

Rack Pulls (From middle of shins)

  • 3 x 3 singles

What are your max lifts?

  • Squat – 525lb
  • Bench – 320lb
  • Deadlift – 640lb

What’s your opinion on the run of the mill “Bulk & cut” way of training?

It works for a lot of people but I don’t personally use it. When it comes to Powerlifting – dropping/cutting ten pounds in less than a 48 hour time period is hard enough!

Who is your favorite bodybuilder, strongman or powerlifter?

  • Lee Haney
  • Grant Higa
  • Lamar Gant

If you could give someone one piece of advice, what would it be?

“Don’t worry about what anybody else is doing but yourself otherwise you lose focus on the task in hand”. That’s not saying be selfish but what it is saying is that if you are about to get on stage to compete in anything and you are sitting there worrying and listening to the naysayers then you will naturally create negative thoughts and break your own self-confidence. At the end of the day…Be you!

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