Canadian powerlifters compete Saturday in Amherst

Dave Mathieson
Published on October 4, 2012
Ian Cormier works on his bench press technique while being coached by Nathan Robertson Wednesday night at the Amherst Powerlifting Club. 
Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST – Armageddon is descending upon Amherst on Saturday but there is no need for people to flee in panic.

The Amherst Powerlifting Club is hosting the Autumn Armageddon Powerlifing Championship at the Wandlyn Inn beginning at 10 a.m.

“We have about 40 entrants,” said meet director Nathan Robertson. “We have competitors from Ontario, Quebec, Fredericton, St. John, and from throughout the Maritimes.”

Five of the competitors are from the Amherst club.

They will lift weights in three discipline, squat, bench press and deadlift, and then the three weights will be added together to give them their final score.

Amherst’s Ian Cormier has been training in powerlifting for a year, and said he loves the sport.

“It was all new to me when I started a year ago,” said the 27-year-old. “There’s a lot to learn. I’ll keep learning for the next 20 years, I’m never going to stop.”

Cormier’s total lift has increased by 500 pounds since he started.

He will compete in the 100 kg Open Division on Saturday. His maximum squat is 387 pounds, he has bench pressed 232 pounds, and he has deadlifted 426 pounds

His favourite event is the squat.

“It’s what I’ve noticed the biggest improvements on, and there’s something about dropping down with 400 pounds on your back and wondering if you’re going to come back up. It’s a bit of a rush.”

He said he feels a lot stronger since he started powerlifting.

“You notice it day to day. It carries over to everything you do,” he said. “I have a lot more energy too.”

He said 90 per cent of his success comes from eating healthy foods.

“If you don’t eat properly you can’t perform in the gym,” he said. “I eat a peanut butter and banana sandwich before I come to the gym. There’s a mixture of everything with that one.”

He also attributes much of his success to the Amherst Powerlifting Club.

“The facility and the atmosphere is great, and knowing somebody (Robertson) who knows how to train is a huge plus. I wouldn’t have learned it all on my own.”

Robertson said a few of the powerlifters at the club have gone on to university, “so we’re looking for new people to come down and try it out.”

The club hosted its first powerlifting competition in April and it attracted 26 competitors. Robertson said it’s great they were able to attract 40 lifters this time around.

“It’s nice to see it grow this much in six months,” he said.

The competition starts Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Wandlyn Inn and competition runs until about 6 p.m.

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