As a boy he dreamed of growing up to be a superhero who helped people with his super strength like the characters he read about in comic books. As an adult, he has won several Powerlifting Championships (including the 2012 World Powerlifting Championship), broken Guinness World Records in weight lifting, and uses his skills to perform incredible feats of strength such as flipping cars, pulling airplanes, and lifting bleachers full of people to raise money for sick kids!
6 Pack has proven that any goals are possible with proper weight training. Activebeat has brought onboard this expert to help you achieve your weight lifting goals!
What is your field of expertise?
My field of expertise is strength training. I have competed and/or trained in Powerlifting, Olympic style Weightlifting, Highland games, and I am a professional Strongman. I live for all things strength related!
What are your records and titles?
I have won 4 National Powerlifting titles, a Silver and a Bronze medal at the World Championships of Powerlifting (representing Canada), and I have broken two Guinness World Records (Squats in an hour & Deadlifts in an hour) on the same day.
How did you get started in the profession?
I read about Alex Drolc winning the Canadian Powerlifting Championships in the newspaper one day. Alex trained at the same gym as me. Up until then, I had not envisioned how far strength training could take an individual. It was the first time I had paid much attention to the sport of Powerlifting, and I was blown away that a guy who trained at my gym actually won the Canadian Championships.
I approached Alex about strength training, and told him I was interested in competing in Powerlifting. That was the beginning of my journey, and my quest to gaining knowledge about strength training. I had a goal of winning the Canadian Championships and making it into the local newspapers like Alex before me. I achieved that goal in a year, and went on to make National headlines, TV appearances, Sponsorship deals, and my own TV show as 6 Pack the Strongman.
I still train with Alex to this day.
Why do they call you a superhero?
When I was a little boy I loved superheroes. I suppose most little boys do, but I genuinely believed I was going to grow up to be a superhero. My friends and I would have discussions on what our super power would be if we could only choose one. Some of my friends chose the power of flying, some the power of speed, but I always chose the power of super strength.
In class I would day dream of one day growing up to become a real life superhero who used his super strength to help people.
By the time I became an adult those dreams had all passed. I was conditioned to accept those dreams as merely the imagination of a young boy who did not understand people’s physical limitations. Until some one close to me got sick, suddenly, and passed away. I had just won the Canadian Championships for Powerlifting. The newspapers were interviewing me about my accomplishment when I proclaimed that I wanted to make a difference with my strength. I went on a city-to-city tour of cancer camps for kids, pulling 26,500 pound school buses 100 feet. The tour made headlines across Canada, raised thousands of dollars for sick kids, and more importantly raised hope for those that needed it most.
That tour was followed by several large televised events with me flipping over cars, pulling airplanes, lifting bleachers full of people, and rolling up frying pans with my hands. Guinness World Records in strength were shattered. All these events raised money for sick kids. The largest was my appearance on Canada’s Got Talent, seen by 1.5 million Canadians.
6 Pack Lapadat quickly became a symbol that anything is possible, any goal was feasible, and no dream was unrealistic if a boy could grow up to be a superhero. Ryan Lapadat was a normal man. 6 Pack Lapadat became a real life superhero and symbol of hope to people.
“He may not wear a cape, but Ryan “6 Pack” Lapadat is a superhero to kids battling cancer” – Toronto Sun
“When Ryan Lapadat was young, he wanted to be strong like the superheroes he read about in comic books. Today, the Canadian strongman nicknamed 6 Pack is just that, minus the garish costumes” – Oakville Today
“Your heart is as great as your strength” – Martin Short, Canada’s Got Talent judge
“To say it was impressive would be an understatement. And Ryan’s proclamation that any money won would go to charity, touched everyone, including the judges that gave him three yeses” – TV Guide, on 6 Pack Lapadat’s Canada’s Got Talent appearance
How often do you train each week?
I train 5-6 days a week. However, only 3-4 of those days are strength training. Your body has a central nervous system that acts like an engine does for a car. We have all seen cases of two individuals who have the same size and muscle mass, yet one of them is stronger than the other. This is due to that particular person’s central nervous system being better conditioned to handle heavy loads. There is a science behind strength training to properly condition the central nervous system, and achieve the person’s full potential. Some people over train and rev the engine to their body too often, “red lining”. This can not only plateau an individual’s growth in strength and size, but can actually decrease their strength in the long run.
What’s one piece of advice for people wanting to get into powerlifting?
While it is true we all lift on the competition platform alone, we are only as strong as the support team behind us. Knowledge is the biggest strength any athlete can posses. Staying humble, and seeking out further knowledge on the topic of strength training in general is the best way to advance. In the beginning, locating a powerlifting team to learn from is key. I was fortunate enough to train with National and World Champions from the beginning of my career. However, every competitive powerlifter will have worth while advice to forward on to you. Even training with knowledgable friends can help with them watching your form as you perform the lifts. If you do not live close to a powerlifting team, video tape yourself performing the lifts and send them to an athlete you trust for advice (I would help!). Athletes in all sports video their training sessions and critique their game. Powerlifting is no different. Where there is a will, there is a way. Bottom line, seek out expertise from seasoned veterans. Do not try to do it all yourself. You would be shocked how complicated the Bench Press, Deadlift, and Squat, are. It’s a science.
Do you have any recommendations for beginners to lift safely, without causing injury?
Beginning lifters in general need to learn proper technique from reliable sources. It is far more important to pick up the correct way to lift than to lift heavy. Progress will be greatly slower for individuals who insist on lifting heavy weights before learning the proper techniques to the lifts. I had been weight lifting for 10 years when I was introduced to powerlifting. I stayed humble, and trained exclusively with warm up weights for all three lifts of powerlifting (bench press, squat, and deadlift). With only light weight on the bar, I was able to keep my form and master the lifts quickly. Within a year, I was at the National Championships. This applies to all weight lifting in general, not just the power lifts. Stay humble and start light while learning the particular exercises. It’s not where you start that matters, but where you end up. I promise, you’ll go a lot further in the end.
Watch 6 Pack Win the World Powerlifting Championship Below: