Robertson takes second at Battle of Montreal

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST?- Concrete crushing kinds of weights are what Amherst's Nathan Robertson deals in and he took his game to an entirely new level last weekend in The Battle of Montreal.
Robertson bench-pressed a bone-snapping 501.5 pounds, deadlifted 531.5 pounds and squatted a ground-pounding 650 pounds.
The lifts were all personal bests for him and, in the end, earned him second place in the 110-kilogram class.
Robertson went into the competition with a bad back so he didn't do as well in the dead lift as he would have liked but he was pleased with his bench press.
"My goal last year was to get 500 on the bench and I did it," Robertson said. "It was close. The weight went up really slow."
Robertson usually sticks to just the bench press but has been training in all three disciplines in the last three months.
He said new training techniques have improved his lifts dramatically.
"It's been eight years since I did all three in competition," Robertson said. "I've just been doing the bench press but I'm going to stick with all three now."
Lifting those kind of weights can be rough on the joints.
"My elbows and shoulders have been injured," Robertson said.
The sport can also be rough on the eyeballs.
"I've had blood vessels burst and the white part turns all red."
Robertson said the atmosphere in Montreal was great and he hopes to return soon.
"It was held in a gym and they had the music blasting and the crowd was cheering. I had a great time."
Robertson will take time off, go to Amherst Chiropractic at least once a week to get his frame looked at, then he'll be back training in the gym.
"There's another Battle of Montreal in June so I'll start training for that soon," Robertson said.

Geographic location: Montreal

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