Worth the weight...

BIG AL BAGS A HAT-TRICK

Sunday Sun - - News - By Mike Fuller Video Re­porter mike.fuller@reach­plc.com

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

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