Born United States – US Citizen

Landed Immigrant Canada

MBA Bowling Green University
BA Economics Albright
Professional Development Wharton School of Business – Sales Management
Professional Development Columbia School of Business – Marketing Management

Urban – Trojan TV USC Interview


2011 Guinness World Record for the most amount of weight of Squat Lifted in 60 minutes 127, 245 lbs – Live on Regis & Kelly

2012 Guinness World Record for the most amount of weight Sumo Deadlifted in 60 seconds 10,535 lbs – Live on Sports Day




OPA Ontario Powerlifting Association

CPU – Canadian Powerlifting Union

IPF – International Powerlifting Federation


Competition Weight: 74kg weight class 163.5 lbs

Competing Since:

Competing drug free since 1997

Member Iron Foundation since 2001


Member Canadian Masters Powelifting Team 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 (2011 nominated but declined to compete to focus training on breaking current Guinness World Record for “Most Weight Lifted in 1 Hour by Squatting”)


Best Lifts To Date:

Deadlift: 507.5 October 1st, 2011 World Championships 6th place

Squat: 492.5 lbs October 1st, 2011 World Championships

Bench Press: 319.5 lbs Canadian National Championships BC 2nd Place

Records: Canadian National 74kg Masters Deadlift record 2011

Canadian National 74kg Masters Squat record 2011


Major Career Competitions

2011 Canadian Masters World Powerlifting Team – Nominated but declined to compete at World Championships to focus on World Record attempt for squatting 126,000 lbs in one hour

2011 Canadian Nationals 2nd 74kg 2010 Member Canadian Masters World Team – World Championships Plzen Czech Republic 6th

2010 Canadian Nationals 2nd 75kg 2010 Ontario Provincials – Gold 2009 Member Canadian Masters World Team – World Championships Ostrava Czech Republic – 9th

2009 Canadian Nationals – Sliver 2008 Canadian Nationals Bronze (Qualified for 2008 Master Worlds)

2007 Ontario Provincials Gold

2006 World Master Championships – selected for team – torn rotator cuff two weeks prior to event 2006 Canadian National Championships Bronze

2005 World Master Championships South Africa 8th place 2005 Canadian National Championships Silver Multiple other US and Canadian events

1997 – 2005 Various US and Canadian Regional and Provincial Events



Walter is D Licensed skydiver #7757. He received his training in 1977 from then and current Guinness Skydiving World Record Holder Don Kellner. Still jumping, 60 plus Don has a world record 36,000 plus skydives to date. While no longer an active jumper, in 1977 Walter was the 7757 person in the United States to receive a D License which is the highest ranking available for sport parachuting. With 398 jumps to his credit, Walter earned a spot on the 1982 US Parachute – Para-Ski Team representing the United States. Walter competed for about 5 years in winter and summer parachute sport accuracy jumping period.

Competing in events across the east and reaching 4th place at the 1981 US National in Massachusetts – placing him on the 1982 US Team which competed in 10th World Cup of Paraskiing in Austria.


Pro Skiing

Walter started ski racing in 1973 while in high school in Pennsylvania, competing in Eastern USSA event across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont and New Hampshire. The highlight of his amateur career was skiing in the 1978 New York State Downhill Championships at Lake Placid New York – on the 1980 Olympic downhill run at Whiteface Mountain. In 1977 Walter became a Ski Racing Coach at Camelback Ski area and worked with aspiring young racers on the Camelback Ski Team from 1977 to 1979. He rejoined the staff again in 1991 work with the staff until 1994. Walter also competed on the 1977 Peugeot Pro Ski Tour which was eventually rolled into the World Pro Ski Tour by Ed Rogers in the late 70’s. In 1997 Walter became a partner in the World Pro Ski and World Pro Snowboard Tour


Race Car Driving

Walter received his Formula Ford race car training through the Skip Barber Racing School. For over 3 years Walter competed in the Barber Racing circuit racing on such exciting tracks as Road America, Pocono International Raceway, Lime Rock, Bridgehampton, Sebring, and Las Vegas. Testing included seat time in Super V and Indy Lights cars.



Walter received his US VFR Private Pilots license in the summer of 1978.


Hang gliding

Walter is a former active member of the United States Hang Gliding Association with 11 flights to his credit. His hang gliding efforts was limited due to his active participation in competitive parachuting.



An avid runner for over 20 years Walter started running in high school training for wrestling and continued to run until moving into Powerlifting. Over 20 years Walter competed in numerous 10k and ½ marathon races including Turkey Trots and the ever popular Annapolis Bay Bridge Run.



While a partner in the World Pro Ski and World Pro Snowboard Tour Walter was invited be a member of the crew for Ed Rogers Revolution racing off the coast of Bath, Maine. Over a two year period during the mid 90’s Walter learned much about teamwork working the pit and bow.



Walter sat on the Board of Directors of the Saultos Gymnastics Club Guelph Ontario and also the Guelph Gators Girls Softball Association. Walter has also been an Assistant Coach for the Guelph Gators Rep Squirt and Novice softball teams.


High School Sports

Wrestling Walter was two year starter on the BH High School wrestling team in Hazleton Pa competing in the 112 lb weight category 1973-74 and 1974-75 his Junior and Senior years. Walter was voted the MVP his junior year and award the most team points award his senior year in 1975. He was also Team Captain I 1975 and placed in the Eastern PA Sectionals.



Walter was a member of the HAMF team as well as Hazleton Raiders Football team. Walter stated at left offensive guard for two years and also defensive outside linebacker. Football wasn’t offered at BHHS so Walter made his move to wrestling.



Walter stated his career in baseball playing for the Hazleton Little League. Walter started at second and third base during his two years spent in Little League. After Little League Walter continued baseball on with the Hazleton Babe Ruth league playing third base and outfield and one year for the BHHS High School team playing outfield.



While only playing a short time in basketball, Walter participated in the Hazleton Fireman’s Basketball League where he spent two years playing guard.



After spending 15 years in Corporate America with Dana Corporation and BASF Corporation Walter started Urban Dynamics Inc.. For over 20 years Walter has been President of Urban Dynamics Inc., a consulting agency which specializes in working with emerging companies and organizations.

Guelph weightlifter Walter Urban (left) and his coach Mark Giffin display the certificate Urban was awarded for setting a Guinness world record on Live! with Regis and Kelly Thursday. Urban squat lifted a total of 127,245 pounds in an hour for the record. Rob Massey/Guelph Mercury