Raise the bar high
Travelling strong man makes world champion
KAWANA’S Muscle Hut gym has been the training grounds for a new world champion.
Coal mine worker Heath Ryan, 44, attributes his new title to Muscle Hut owner and trainer Scott Hipwell, who has created a community full of camaraderie with an “old school” training environment.
Mr Ryan’s 640kg effort across three categories won him the number one ranking for age and weight and second overall at the World Powerlifting Congress World Championships in Florida, US. The second overall is a bigger deal, believe it or not.
“Going up against 1000 lifters, my out of weight ratio was second in the world. For an old bloke, it felt really good. The whole Australian team was about six or seven all up and about five placed. Which is a massive ratio when you consider places like Russia had 35 members or America had 80 something,” he said.
With Mr Ryan’s influence, it’s no surprise that his 16-year-old daughter also lifts weights.
“She broke six world records and still holds them. She’s always trained with me, but she also represented Australia in taekwondo.”
With two Australian representatives in his household, Mr Ryan said he would fly to Finland next year to defend his title at the next championships.
LIFT OFF: World champion weightlifter Heath Ryan has returned from the World Championships.
TRAIN AND GAIN: Heath Ryan said Muscle Hut attracts a genuine sense of mateship.