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February 23, 2022
On Feb. 19th, 2022, IFBB Pro, Kyle Kirvay entered his first powerlifting meet. Typically for athletes, their first meets are for learning the ropes and just trying to set decent numbers. Well, Kyle was able to set a national record! Not only did he set a national record, but he also set multiple New Jersey state records en route to his total of 2,215 pounds (1,005 kilograms) within the 140 kg (308 lb) weight class.
Not only is it odd for someone to set numbers like that in their first meet, but it is even crazier than he is an IFBB Pro bodybuilder. It's incredibly rare to see bodybuilders that are also this strong, as they tend to focus more on time under tension and the pump during their lifts. He competed in the 308 lb (140 kg) weight class within the classic raw (with wraps) category at the 2022 USPA Battle of Atilis.
Kyle Kirvay was born on Mar. 17, 1995, making all of his accomplishments even more impressive since he was able to accomplish them at such a young age. He started bodybuilding in 2017 and took part in three competitions. His best placing in 2017 was the NPC Steve Stone Metropolitan Championships, where he managed to finish in first place.
Kyle worked on his weak spots, and the following year would prove to be even better for him because he was able to get his IFBB Pro cards in two divisions. Kyle kept working hard and won the 2018 NPC Universe Championships in the Men’s Heavyweight and Classic Physique categories. After that, he only competed once, placing 16th in the Men’s Open at the 2020 IFBB Chicago Pro.
Even though Kyle is very successful in bodybuilding, he looks like he may have a future in powerlifting as well.
Below are the massive numbers that Kirvay put up in his first powerlifting competition at the 2022 USPA Battle of Atilis.
Kyle performed the squats wearing a weightlifting belt and knee wraps; the weight moved easily, and he appeared to have more in the tank.
Next, he got rid of the knee wraps for the bench press and put on wrist wraps. Kyle seemed to struggle a bit towards the top of the lift but managed to complete it and celebrate in style.
Finally, he looked super strong for his top deadlift set and almost effortlessly pulls the weight off the floor.
With results like these, he is easily one of the strongest bodybuilders out there. Putting him in the same category as Ronnie Coleman, Johnnie Jackson, Tom Platz, Stan Efferding and Franco Columbu.
We would love to see Kyle continue his career in bodybuilding and start chasing a career in powerlifting. Unfortunately, as of now, we will have to wait patiently to see what he decides to do going forward. However, if he does continue on this new path, it will definitely be a breath of fresh air in the powerlifting community.
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