Worth the weight...
BIG AL BAGS A HAT-TRICK
Gym founder Alan Turner, from Leadgate, who has just returned from the World Powerlifting Championships, breaking his own world record in the process ALAN Turner has dedicated his life to powerlifting.
But never in his wildest dreams did he think he’d reach the top of the sport at the tender age of 60.
Alan’s competitive career has spanned more than two decades, where he trains five times a week to maintain his 20st physique.
Now Alan, who runs Cuts ’n’ Curves gym in Leadgate, near Consett, can lay claim to a series of world records.
He said: “To be a world champion is really, really hard. I’m absolutely shattered. It’s been such a long road d but definitely worth it in the end.
“You can’t n’t afford to miss a session if you want to be the best. It’s ’s a lot of work. It’s eat, sleep, ep, train, repeat, eat, sleep, p, train and repeat.
“People take it for granted anted when you u see somee one like Mo Farah or r Jo nat han E d wards. . When you u experience e how hard these people work you see what it takes.” Alan first started powerlifting in 1997, going on to become the British champion two years later. He has also succeeded in bodybuilding with UK BFF titles as well as competing in Mr Universe. Now, Alan is back competing in powerlifting events, where he attempts to lift the heaviest weights possible to break records. In the last year, he has picked up British, European and world titles in the Masters 5 class. And at the World Championships in Hungary last week, he set three new global records. Alan, also known as Big Al, now holds the category records for the squat q at 225kg, g the bench press at 150kg and the deadlif deadlift at a mighty 252kg. He has no plans to t stop competing and is also passing on his expertise to the th next generation. He said: ““When W you think about abo it the records had stood for q quite some tim time. I’m really pro proud. “To be a w world champion in all three different sports is q quite rare.” - o