Raise the bar high

Trav­el­ling strong man makes world cham­pion

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

LIFT OFF: World cham­pion weightlifter Heath Ryan has re­turned from the World Cham­pi­onships.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

TRAIN AND GAIN: Heath Ryan said Mus­cle Hut at­tracts a gen­uine sense of mate­ship.

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