Andy Askow is junior competitor in USA Powerlifting and the IPF. Having spent most of his life in Wisconsin, he holds a bachelors degree in Exercise & Sport Science from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. While at the university, he graduated with honors and earned student of the year for the 2016. Andy currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas where he serves as a research study coordinator at Texas Christian University (TCU). Following his term at TCU, he plans to pursue a master’s degree followed by a Ph.D. in exercise physiology. A lifelong, drug-free athlete, he also coaches many young up-and-coming competitors in USA Powerlifting ranging from newcomers to IPF world champions.
Andy began his journey in powerlifting while in middle school. At the time, now 2016 USA Powerlifting Coach of the Year, Erich Mach was pivotal to him for encouragement. Erich would pick him up in the morning and let him lift in the Necedah High School weight room. It was there that he learned how to squat, bench, and deadlift. Andy continued lifting throughout his high school career. He can specifically remember the moment he became hooked. At the 2012 USAPL Men’s National Championships in Orlando, Florida, he watched Blaine Sumner squat 455 kg/1003 lbs and fell in love with the sport.
A Rising Star
Andy has seen a lot of success in the junior category. He won the 2015 and 2016 IPF world championship taking home a combined seven gold medals and one bronze medal from these meets. He currently holds the junior world record in the squat and total at 366kg / 807lbs and 906kg / 1997 lbs respectively. Andy’s success spans multiple age groups in USA Powerlifting. Andy has won a total of six USA Powerlifting National championships in various age groups, and currently holds the junior American record squat (375 kg/ 827 lbs) and total (907.5 kg/ 2000 lbs). Andy also saw success in the open class at 2016 raw nationals placing fourth behind Ray Williams, Dennis Cornelius, and Jaisyn Mike.