Just 16 weeks into a new training regime and Mudgee’s Dylan McDonald is already making some serious waves in the powerlifting scene.
The 35-year-old Nemesis gym product is fresh off a 650kg, three-lift showing at Dubbo’s Country Winter Classic on Sunday August 5.
The whopping overall number – which saw him finish in second place at the tournament – is the combined amount of weight lifted through three exercises – bench press, squat and deadlift.
Although McDonald finished second overall, he pulled a 270kg deadlift which was the heaviest on the day as the 110kg McDonald outlifted a 140kg competitor. His bench press was 135kg while his squat was 245kg.
The event attracted athletes from different weight classes but all the competitors were judged together as part of a Glossbrenner Calculator that takes weight and age into consideration.
Once the all the lifts were tallied, it was Dylan who was crowned second after missing out on first by two points.
The result is particularly impressive given the fact that Dylan only made the decision to start lifting weights professionally since January this year.
“I’ve been doing strength training for quite a few years,” McDonald said.
“It gives you something to focus on instead of just going to the gym to train, there’s an end goal.
“The next goal for me now is a 300kg squat and a 300kg deadlift and at least over a 150kg bench.
“My bench is still lagging behind the other two.”
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