AMHERTST - A 700-pound gorilla is no match for Amherst power lifter Nathan Robertson but the proverbial 800-pound gorilla? Well that's an entirely different story.
Robertson travels to Montreal this weekend to take part in the Montreal Power Wars, where he will power lift against athletes from across Canada.
Robertson has been training in power lifting for 12 years and late last year he began a new training technique that has seen him perform at new levels.
So much so that this weekend he said he might try to squat 800 pounds.
"I squatted 730 in the gym and I feel I could do 750 for sure," Robertson said. "If all goes well this weekend, I'm going to try 800 on my last lift."
Robertson took second place when he competed in the Battle of Montreal last January.
At that time he bench pressed 501.5 pounds, dead lifted 531.5 pounds and squatted 650 pounds.
Robertson trains at Body Fit at the Wandlyn Inn and his gym numbers are up to 730 pounds in the squat, 540 in the bench press and 555 in the dead lift.
"I just started training a little differently and it's really been paying off," he said.
Another change that Robertson has taken advantage of is the type of weight rack that's used in Montreal.
"They use what's called a mono-lift," Robertson said. "At competitions here in Nova Scotia you have to lift the weight out of the rack, step back and get set. In Montreal you lift the weight off hooks and the hooks get out of the way and you lift. It's a lot safer and probably worth an extra 20 pounds."
At the Power Wars his best three lifts will be added together and if they add up to 1790 or more he will have a Master total. If they add up to 1940 or more he will be honoured with the Elite total.
"I think I can get the Master but I'll really have to be on that day if I hope to get the Elite," said Robertson.
Robertson begins his drive to Montreal on Friday morning and returns to Amherst late Sunday night.