Paul Kelso, author of “Powerlifting Basics: Texas Style” and “Kelso’s Shrug Book”, along with numerous articles on the topics of weightlifting, powerlifter and bodybuilding, along with the inventor/discoverer of the “kelso shrug” passed away yesterday, according to his facebook profile and the profile of his spouse.
It’s not like Paul didn’t live a long and full life, but this is still a sad day. I will be doing some Kelso shrugs in my workout today in his honor.
If you have not read Powerlifting Basics, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Even if you have no interest in powerlifting, it’s a great read. It’s not a dry manual on the mechanics of lifting, but instead a series of stories/parables using a group of high school kids and lunkheads learning the ins and outs of the irongame under the tutelage of a great mentor. I read it at least once a year and always discover something new in it.