Sam Sikora started competitive powerlifting roughly a year ago, in March 2021. With a mix of learning experiences and great flourishes, it seems the 19-year-old athlete is only improving. His latest performance might be something to put a pin in for the future.
On Oct. 15, 2022, Sikora shared a post on his Instagram detailing his complete performance at the 2022 Powerlifting America (AMP) Elite Season Classic. (Note: The contest occurred on the same day in Kenmore, NY.) In a first-place outing in the Men’s Raw Junior 105-kilogram weight class, Sikora logged a personal record (PR) on each of his staple lifts, eventually finishing with a 712.5-kilogram (1,570.8-pound) raw PR total.
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Notably, the entirety of Sikora’s performance saw the athlete successfully lock out all nine attempts (three each, respectively) on his squat, bench press, and deadlift. Sikora wore a lifting belt for each lift and had additional wrist wraps on during his squat and bench press.
Here’s a complete overview of Sikora’s performance at the 2022 AMP Elite Season Classic:
Sam Sikora (105KG) Junior | 2022 AMP Elite Season Classic Top Stats
- Squat — 275 kilograms (606.3 pounds)
- Bench Press — 167.5 kilograms (369.3 pounds)
- Deadlift — 270 kilograms (595.2 pounds)
- Total — 712.5 kilograms (1,570.8 pounds)
In what might be Sikora’s best showing to date, the athlete shattered each of his previous raw all-time competition bests. According to Open Powerlifting, his new top squat is 25 kilograms (55.2 pounds) more than his past top mark. His top bench press is 22.4 kilograms (50 pounds) more than his previous best figure. His top deadlift is 15.1 pounds more than his past competition PR. Finally, Sikora’s total is an astonishing 62.5 kilograms (138 pounds) more than his best ever.
Each of these previous marks was from the 2022 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Teen Nationals in late March 2022, showcasing how far Sikora has come with his strength and training in roughly half a year’s time. In Sikora’s Instagram post, the athlete detailed that the lead-up to the 2022 AMP Elite Season Classic was his “first perfect prep” since his competitive debut and that he had “no failures.” He has the results to show for it.
Here’s a rundown of the complete results from Sikora’s career to date:
Sam Sikora | Complete Career Results
- 2021 USAPL Madness Open — Fifth place (Open); First place (Teen)
- 2021 USAPL High School and Teen National Championships (Varsity) — 16th place
- 2021 USAPL Michigan State Championships — 10th place (Open); First place (Teen)
- 2022 USAPL Teen Nationals (Teen) — Eighth place
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Sikora is wasting no time preparing for his next contest. The athlete wrote that he next plans to compete in the 2023 AMP High School Nationals. Those will take place on March 31-April 2, 2023, in Scranton, PA. Judging by how he fared with time between his last competition, the ascending Sikora may well shatter his competition bests once more come next year.
Featured image: @samsikk on Instagram