Juneau powerlifter Ira Rosen set two national records en route to winning the 132-pound division of the USA Powerlifting National Master's Meet in Cleveland on May 6.
Rosen, 50, deadlifted a personal-best 440 pounds, and totaled 1,060 pounds over the three lifts (440 deadlift, 210 bench press, 408 squat) - both records in the age 50-54 master's division. Poundages were rounded from kilograms.
The deadlift, where the lifter basically picks up a weighted bar from a crouched position, is Rosen's best event. Rosen holds the national deadlift and total-weight record in the 45-49 age group (424 pounds, 1,047), and also holds the World Drug Free Powerlifting Association's (WDFPA) deadlift world record of 435 pounds.
Rosen said his body-type gives him good leverage in the deadlift.
``My legs are relatively short, and I have a longer torso so I can bend over easily,'' Rosen said, adding that having a flat stomach aides in the lift.
Rosen's finish qualified him for the International Powerlifting Federation's (IPF) World Meet in Prague, Czech Republic, in October. Rosen will be one of 22 lifters to compete on the USA World Master's Team, which is split into ages 40-49 and over-50.
Rosen said the IPF is a more prestigious organization than the WDFPA.
``The records with the IPF are much higher,'' he said.
Two years ago Rosen came home from the IPF World Meet in Argentina with three gold medals and one silver.
A bad back and then torn cartlidge in his knee kept Rosen from competing the past two years. Rosen said he now competes in just two meets a year, and allows two days of rest between workouts for extra recovery.
``Most of the year I train at a maintenance level,'' Rosen said. ``I don't train too heavy; I don't want to risk injury.''
About three months before a competition, Rosen intensifies his conditioning and begins to lift heavier weights. One month before he drops activities like karate and spinning classes - which he instructs - to lift competition-style using knee wraps, support suits and weight belts.
Rosen said a nutrition plan where he eats six times a day allowed him to lower his body weight without sacrificing strength.
``I made weight quite easily,'' Rosen said. ``I usually have to sit in the sauna or take extraordinary measures to make weight.''