For the fifth year, the World Association of Benchers and Dead Lifters came to Pahrump to host a competition for members of WABDL to qualify for the World Meet. The Planet Meet will be hosted in Reno this year.
Hosting and operating the competitors was Gary Miller, the Nevada representative for the WABDL. Miller explained how operating this meet affects his capacity to compete.
“Every state has a meet I am not permitted to compete in this meet since I am the meet director. In order for me to qualify for the world’s, I have to go to California subsequent week. I attempt to compete in eight meets in the surrounding states if my price range makes it possible for it,” Miller stated.
Miller is not a stereotypical weight- lifter. At 5’3″ and 139 lbs, Miller has seen a lot of accomplishment.
“I have 21 World records I have been lifting for eight years and I am 62 years old. My World record for bench press is 380.two pounds and 387 pounds in dead lift,” he said.
It is quite a miracle that Miller is alive nowadays to host the occasion, let alone compete in it.
In 1968, he suffered a traumatic auto accident.
“When I was 18, a drunk driver in a five-ton truck ran more than me on my motorcycle, leaving me in the hospital for two years. I died as soon as in the hospital and the medical doctors said I would in no way reside, then they stated I would in no way walk, and then they mentioned I would by no means stroll proper,” Miller explained.
After proving the physicians wrong, Miller nonetheless struggled with his wellness and depression.
“I laid around going ‘I can not because…’ and at 41 I had a heart attack, so I began studying nutrition. I was 5’3″ and 172 lbs,” mentioned Miller. “In 2005, I began operating out at the regional gym and I just kept getting stronger, and I joined the Senior Olympics. In April 2007, I joined WABDL.”
Given that joining the WABDL, Miller stated he feels much better than ever.
“I am in discomfort all the time, but the lifting has helped tremendously, it has created my body stronger and I don’t endure close to as significantly as I utilized to. Unlike any other sport there is no physique damage from weight coaching and it is something you can do no matter how old you are,” he said.
There was a range of ages competing on Saturday. The youngest competitor was 12 and the oldest competitor was 88.
There have been 21 state records broken and four world records broken in the meet.
Seven different states have been represented in the competition.
There had been eight Pahrump competitors who broke both world and state records in their age groups.
William Prince, at 74, broke a planet record bench pressing 311.eight lbs.
Other competitors who broke records on Saturday were Kathleen McKevitt, 68, Alex Lopez, 16, David Vereb, 57, Jason Yelle, 29, Edward O’Brien, 20, Joseph DeGragorio, 78 and Rodney Graves, 88. Kathleen Mckevitt contributed to this story.