Weight: 275 pounds
Hometown: I grew up in Ottumwa, Iowa. I now live in Saint Louis and have for the previous six years
Chest & Bicep Circumference: 51" chest, 20" arms
Deadlift Weight: 826 pounds
Bench Weight: 600 pounds
Squat Weight: 848 pounds
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I compete in the sport of powerlifting which consists of three lifts– the squat, the bench press and the deadlift. You get three attempts in each lift and take the highest of the three for a total. It’s an underground sport and pretty divided, meaning there are tons of organizations and divisions in powerlifting. I compete in United States Powerlifting (USAPL) which is the affiliate of the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF). This is a drug tested organization and allows single ply equipment only. I feel this is the best organization for me and believe the IPF is the best world competition you can enter as a powerlifter.
I played college football and the way we trained, it was strictly for power. Our college workouts consisted of gaining as much strength in our core lifts as possible. After college, I continued to train this way and still had the itch to compete which led me to powerlifting. What also helped was my uncle, John Ware. He was a legend in powerlifting and was the first person to break Bill Kazmaier’s record total in the super heavyweight division. All these things contributed to me competing in powerlifting.
I would say around the age of sixteen, so around fifteen years. The reason I say this is because, like I said previously, I trained this way for football. While playing varsity football in high school the main goal in weight training was to increase your max in the bench press, squat and deadlift. So, because of football, I was basically training like a powerlifter.
I lift at several gyms in the Saint Louis area. I train at a few powerlifting friendly gyms and one commercial gym. The first is Speed Through Power (STP) which is located in South Saint Louis City. This gym is a powerlifter’s dream. It’s a key club and has limited membership of guys whose primary goal is to get stronger. Another gym is Tank’s Training Facility in Granite City, Illinois. This is owned by a powerlifter and is of course powerlifter friendly. Lastly I train at Powerhouse Gym in Shrewsbury. I’ve been lifting at Powerhouse since I moved to Saint Louis in 2005 and find it to be one of the best commercial gyms in the area. I provided the websites to each of these gyms below if anyone is interested.
It’s definitely the deadlift. I find this lift to tax the whole body and to me it defines true power.
Right now my life is pretty set. It’s all about spending time with my family, work and training.
Driven. I am goal-oriented and once I set them I do my best to reach them.
I’ll answer this question as it relates to powerlifting. I think what motivates me most is the idea of getting the strongest I possibly can. Each meet you want to beat your previous best and for the last few years that’s what I’ve been doing.
“Success is a journey, not a destination.”
Truthfulness. I would rather have someone be brutally honest with me than to lie.
Failure. I think the worst thing that could happen is to fail. This pertains to life and to powerlifting.
Being a powerlifter I don’t have to diet a whole lot. When I am however, it would be pizza.
I would have to say there are two. The first is when my wife, Nicole, and I were married. She is very supportive in all that I do and is the love of my life. The other is more recent, the birth of my son Titan. Having a child is a life changer and is the greatest thing ever.
I hope to give them some insight on our obscure sport of powerlifting on my regular blog, Doin' Work with Weite. Through that I aim to provide some tips and tools to get stronger, which in turn builds muscle. I also am going to provide some of my training which might give readers some ideas for programs.
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