Inspiration From Joe Stockinger

Below is a video of Joe Stockinger competing in the 2012 Canadian Powerlifting Union Nationals. Joe is 82 years old and still going strong. The weight he’s moving would crush most adult men half or even a quarter his age.

Hats off to Joe for his hard work and dedication.


“The secret to success is constancy to purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli


  1. Damn that is impressive. If you saw that guy walking around you would think he would be hard pressed to deadlift 135lbs much less pull over 400lbs! There was another average looking “mature” gent named Sri Chinmoy of India who was indeed a physical marvel just like Mr. Stockinger. Chinmoy was born in 1931 and passed away in 2007 and was quite the all around athlete. He swam the English Channel, and ran 22 marathons and 5 ultra-marathons. Not only was Chinmoy an elite endurance animal but following a knee injury he took up strength training in 1985. And on November 27, 1998 at the age of 67 years young, Chinmoy lifted two dumbbells each weighing 145lbs overhead. Incidently 145lbs was what Chinmoy’s bodyweight was at the time. I read this article on Chinmoy in Bill Pearl’s “Legends of the Iron Game” which I highly recommend for any weight lifting enthusiasts. It’s a three volume set and a little steep but it’s worth the price considering all the valueable info on some of the old time strong men through the more recent history.

  2. “Aging is not a disease.”

    No it’s not a disease but it sure is tuff as hell. You can fight back the years but sometime youth has to be served. I hate to admit it, but that person who said age is just a number was full of sheet. Former Minnesota Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew was interviewed back in the 90’s about how many “dingers” did he think he could manage in the Nineties, and Killebrew said he thought he could manage about 30 homers but you have to remember I’m 60 years old.

  3. Astounding! Hats off to Joe Stockinger, thanks for the inspiration. Thank you Ross for finding these and posting them.

  4. Great video – that’s about by max DL and I’m 28. Though I’m an endurance athlete not a powerlifter but I have been doing the movement for several years. Go hard!

  5. Respect. If you have a friend with an age crisis, show him/her this 🙂

    He tries to bench press 100 kg and fails. Apparently, he goes for the same weight later again. I would imagine that in a normal training session that’s not a good idea, at least not on a regular basis?

    Another thing I’m wondering about. Jim Wendler, creator of the 5/3/1 powerlifting method, claims that regularly benching with a wide grip (what most people would call normal) will ruin your shoulders. Do you have an opinion on that, Ross?

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