Swift Cur­rent pow­er­lifter wins sil­ver at pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - BY MATTHEW LIEBEN­BERG mlieben­[email protected]­t.com

Swift Cur­rent pow­er­lifter Wayne Cormier won a sil­ver medal in the bench press only com­pe­ti­tion at the Saskatchew­an Pow­er­lift­ing As­so­ci­a­tion's 2018 pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships.

The com­pe­ti­tion took place in Saska­toon on Sept. 29 and 30, and Cormier com­peted at his 17th pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships since 1981.

“It's al­ways ex­cit­ing to com­pete at the pro­vin­cial level in front of fam­ily and friends and old train­ing part­ners, old com­peti­tors, and ex­cit­ing to see the younger lifters again,” he said.

He has been strug­gling with a shoul­der in­jury since his pre­vi­ous com­pe­ti­tion in Fe­bru­ary, when he won gold in the bench press only com­pe­ti­tion at the na­tional cham­pi­onships in Cal­gary.

As a re­sult of that in­jury he was un­able to com­pete at the in­ter­na­tional bench press cham­pi­onships in Fin­land, for which he qual­i­fied in Cal­gary.

His prepa­ra­tion for the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships was only fo­cused on the bench press, be­cause the com­bi­na­tion of re­cent and older in­juries did not al­low him to train full-out for the three-lift com­pe­ti­tion, which also in­cludes lift­ing in the squat and dead­lift.

Af­ter so many years of pow­er­lift­ing, his ap­proach to com­pe­ti­tion is not merely fo­cused on win­ning a medal, but to achieve long-term goals.

“I didn't go there to worry about first, sec­ond and third,” he said. “That's not why I went there. I went there be­cause I had a num­ber in my head.”

His goal for the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships was to lift 319 pounds (144.7 kilo­grams) in the 105-kilo­gram weight class in prepa­ra­tion for an at­tempt next year to set a new na­tional record.

His ap­proach dur­ing train­ing is to have a higher body weight than the weight class in which he will com­pete, and then to lose weight be­fore the event.

“You're able to han­dle more weight,” he ex­plained. “The broader the body, the plat­form, the more weight you can han­dle. You can shift more weight, and if you can use more weight, you can build more dense mus­cle fi­bre. It's an old school way of train­ing, but it's still rel­e­vant, and then you slowly diet it down.”

He planned to lose about 11 kilo­grams in 12 weeks, but he just missed the mark and there­fore had to com­pete in the 120-kilo­gram weight class in the Mas­ter 2 age cat­e­gory (50-59 years). That placed him at a dis­ad­van­tage, be­cause he weighed in at the bot­tom end of that weight class at 107.5 kilo­grams.

“You give up too much size,” he said. “That's the first time that I didn't make weight.”

It was a dis­ap­point­ment, and for a brief time af­ter the weigh-in his frame of mind for the com­pe­ti­tion was dis­rupted.

“At that point you have to take away the mind­set of fail­ure,” he said. “So that neg­a­tiv­ity, that thought, you have to throw that away. You have to stop think­ing about the neg­a­tive and fo­cus on the pos­i­tive. So I had to re­frame it. OK, you're in a higher weight class, com­pe­ti­tion is go­ing to be tougher, but you need to lift what you came here to lift.”

He there­fore made a first lift of 137.5 kilo­gram, which was the weight he was plan­ning to start with in the lower weight class.

He then moved to 142.5 kilo­gram for his sec­ond lift, but it was not al­lowed on a tech­ni­cal­ity He lifted the same weight for his third at­tempt, but he was called again on a tech­ni­cal­ity.

“So I didn't get to even at­tempt my 319 [pounds], but the 303 was good enough for sil­ver in the heav­ier weight class,” he said. “I was happy with that.”

He feels he is mak­ing progress on achiev­ing his long-term goal. He is now start­ing to lift at over 300 pounds in com­pe­ti­tions, while he pre­vi­ously opened with a lift of around 280 pounds.

“That's the third con­test in a row now that I've lifted in the 300's,” he said. “So I'm there now. I'm in the ball­park. ... That's the progress that I've made since Fe­bru­ary na­tion­als in Cal­gary. I've taken my 303, which was my third at­tempt, and it's now my open­ing at­tempt. I'm that much more con­fi­dent and I'm that much more stronger that I can take my last at­tempt and make it my first at­tempt. There's progress there.”

While Cormier has missed the chance to qual­ify for the next na­tional cham­pi­onships in the 105-kilo­gram weight class, the out­come of the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships was an op­por­tu­nity to re­view his pow­er­lift­ing goals. He de­cided to lose more weight and to re­turn to the 93-kilo­gram weight class, where he started to com­pete when he came out of re­tire­ment in 2015.

“I ex­per­i­mented go­ing up to 105 at na­tion­als, be­cause that's where my best pos­si­bil­i­ties were,” he said. “The ex­per­i­ment worked. I did pretty good at na­tion­als. I won, but now I'm go­ing back to 93 ki­los.”

His pro­vin­cial record in the 93-kilo­gram weight class was bro­ken at this re­cent pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships in Saska­toon, and he wants to take his record back.

He will there­fore start an­other cy­cle of train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion to qual­ify for var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions in the run-up to his new long-term goal.

His prepa­ra­tion will now fo­cus on the Trench Open in Regina in June 2019, where he will have to qual­ify for the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships tak­ing place in Septem­ber 2019.

There­after his goal is to com­pete at the Western Cana­dian pow­er­lift­ing cham­pi­onships in Ed­mon­ton in Oc­to­ber 2019 and then fi­nally at the Cana­dian na­tional cham­pi­onships in Win­nipeg in March 2020.

“I've had much suc­cess in Win­nipeg over the years,” he said. “I won three na­tional cham­pi­onships in Win­nipeg. Win­nipeg has been good to me. So I'm start­ing the three-year cy­cle to qual­ify again.”

He is of­ten asked by fam­ily mem­bers, friends and re­tired pow­er­lifters why he is still com­pet­ing af­ter all his suc­cess in the sport. He fi­nally came up with the an­swer while trav­el­ling to the re­cent pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships, when he was try­ing to take a nap in the back of the ve­hi­cle.

“It's be­cause that's part of who I am,” he said. “I am a pow­er­lifter. I've been do­ing this since 1977, when I was 14.”

He will there­fore con­tinue to lift un­til his body tells him it is time to stop, which was the rea­son he had to stop com­pet­ing in 1999. This time it will be dif­fer­ent when he even­tu­ally re­tires, be­cause he will re­main in­volved with the sport.

“I don't think that I could walk away from this sport again for 15 years,” he said. “I just don't think that I could. So the story is not over, this is just an­other chap­ter.”

Photo by Matthew Lieben­berg

Swift Cur­rent pow­er­lifter Wayne Cormier won sil­ver in the bench press com­pe­ti­tion at the re­cent pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships.

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