Swift Cur­rent pow­er­lifter sets a na­tional record...

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

Swift Cur­rent pow­er­lifter Wayne Cormier ended his 2018 sea­son in a mem­o­rable way when he re­cently set a new na­tional record.

“It's been an in­ter­est­ing cou­ple of weeks,” he said. “I'm pretty ex­cited.”

He com­peted at the South Saskatchew­an Push Pull In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment in Regina on Dec. 1.

He was not ac­tu­ally plan­ning to com­pete again this year af­ter win­ning sil­ver at the Saskatchew­an Pow­er­lift­ing As­so­ci­a­tion's 2018 pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships in Septem­ber, but three weeks be­fore this tour­na­ment he re­ceived a call from an­other pow­er­lifter who told him there is still a spot open at this in­vi­ta­tional event.

He spoke to the tour­na­ment direc­tor, who con­firmed that the event will have na­tion­ally qual­i­fied ref­er­ees, and Cormier de­cided to com­pete in the bench press por­tion of the tour­na­ment.

“I was still in on-sea­son train­ing from provin­cials,” he said. “So I hadn't mi­grated to the off-sea­son train­ing where you cut back.”

This tour­na­ment was hosted by the Global Pow­er­lift­ing Com­mit­tee (GPC), one of three ma­jor pow­er­lift­ing fed­er­a­tions in Canada. Cormier was even more keen to com­pete when he dis­cov­ered that the GPC has va­cated the Cana­dian record for his age and weight class.

“That means there was a record there at one point, but it had been va­cated,” he said. “It's a record to be taken. So that gets my at­ten­tion.”

He com­peted in the 55-59 age cat­e­gory in the 110 kilo­gram (kg) weight class. He started the com­pe­ti­tion with a lift of 135 kg (297.6 pounds), and then lifted 140 kg (308.6 pounds) for his sec­ond at­tempt. He es­tab­lished a new na­tional record with his fi­nal lift of 142.5 kg (314.2 pounds).

“This past year I haven't done any­thing over 308 (pounds) in com­pe­ti­tion,” he said. “So I'm pretty happy with that. It was a re­ally strong con­test for me, be­cause ev­ery­thing went right. Weigh­ins went right, I didn't fail my weigh-in. I was ac­tu­ally a cou­ple of pounds un­der. The warm-up went smooth. You have one of these con­tests once in a blue moon, once in two or three years, and this one was one of those where noth­ing went wrong. Ev­ery­thing went so smooth. No in­juries, and train­ing went well.”

His train­ing for the com­pe­ti­tion was very in­tense, be­cause he had to max­i­mize his ef­fort in the three weeks be­fore the event. He usu­ally will have a sin­gle three-hour train­ing ses­sion per day, but dur­ing this time he trained twice a day for a to­tal of six hours.

“It was tough,” he said. “To con­dense six weeks of train­ing into three weeks is very dif­fi­cult. You're look­ing at 30 hours a week train­ing.”

For Cormier this was a per­fect way to end the year, which had some ups and downs.

In Feb­ru­ary he won gold in the bench press only com­pe­ti­tion at the 2018 Cana­dian Pow­er­lift­ing Union na­tional cham­pi­onships and qual­i­fied for the in­ter­na­tional bench press cham­pi­onships, but could not go due to in­juries He also par­tic­i­pated in the three-lift com­pe­ti­tion at that na­tional cham­pi­onships and fin­ished in fourth place.

His sil­ver medal in the bench press com­pe­ti­tion at provin­cials in Septem­ber was a high­light, but he was not able to achieve his com­pet­i­tive goals at that event and he had to com­pete in a higher weight cat­e­gory af­ter he did not make the weight in the other class.

“Be­fore this op­por­tu­nity came, I was feel­ing this is just not go­ing the way I wanted it to go,” he said.

“I had some in­juries this year, some men­tal set­backs around not mak­ing weight, and I started to feel maybe this come­back that lasted four years is done. ... It just came at the right time. I was look­ing for some in­spi­ra­tion, some­thing to get me to jump as op­posed to just the alarm clock and this got me pumped.”

He al­ready went back to the gym to train the Mon­day af­ter set­ting the new na­tional record, which is not some­thing he will usu­ally do af­ter a com­pe­ti­tion.

“I'm very pleased right now,” he said. “I'm very ex­cited about nail­ing that. It's a nice way to fin­ish the year and also it changes my whole work­out sched­ule now.”

His train­ing sched­ule will now be fo­cused on prepar­ing for the GPC na­tional cham­pi­onships, which will take place in Ed­mon­ton in May. He will re­main in the 110 kg weight class and his fo­cus will be on the bench press.

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Wayne Cormier com­petes at the South Saskatchew­an Push Pull In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment in Regina, Dec. 1.

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