David ‘Dave’ Ricks

Dave Ricks, has been competing for over 30-years!  He won is first Open IPF Championship in 1991, winning a total of 5 Open World Championships in his career (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999) and placed Silver in 7 other Open World Championships.  In addition, he has taken Best Lifter at the Arnold Sports Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2011, 2012.  He has also been a competitor at the 2009 World Games (placing 5th at the age of 50!) and now into his Master’s years of competing, Dave is setting new Master World Records almost every time he hits that platform.  He won the 2013 Master World Championships as well as the 2011 World Master’s Championships.  At age 53, Dave placed sixth in the Open World Championships.  He continues to set Master World Records, most recently the deadlift at the 2013 World Master Championships with a lift of 328 kg.

World Record:

  • Master Squat: 90/93 – Broke the record 6x
  • Master Deadlift: 90/93 Broke the record 4x
  • Master Total – 90/93 – Broke the record 6x
  • Set 16 Master World Records

Dave also holds the Open American Raw record, set in 2013. He continues to compete at the Elite, Open level at 54 years of age.   He has been selected for the USA Team to compete at the Classic World Championships as an open lifter, where he will be 55 years old.

Dave is an ambassador for powerlifting.  He coaches young lifters, hosts local and high school level competitions, and referees from the local to the national level in the USA.