Sunday the 19th of February is the North West Team Challenge. In which, I am competing along with my 3 clients who are in a team of their own, namely - '2 Guys, a Girl, and a Gym.'
In the build up to it I decided to do a few clients profiles so that you could see who the lifters are and how far they've come in their training and in powerlifting in general.
So, first up we have Charles Jupiter -
I first met Charles in 2003 when we used to do Wing Tchun together in a small hall in Wavertree. We lost touch for years and then I started working in LA Fitness (later became Sports Direct Fitness) in 2013. It was only after he was telling me a story about when girls were first allowed into Blue Coat School that I realised I'd heard the story before, and it was him who had told me it a decade previous.
Charles was already fairly strong at this point, squatting around 140kg, benching around 75kg and deadlifting 165kg. After the first few months of training he got upto a 205kg deadlift.
He entered the Lancashire and Cheshire Powerlifting Competition in May of 2015 but then had to pull out due to injury. He was then set to enter the Novice Competition that year but ended up having to stay in Japan with his martial arts class.
It was October of this year that he succumbed to a severe back injury, which negatively affected his training for months. It wasn't until the June of 2016 that he tried his hand at lifting again where he managed a 140kg squat and a 160kg deadlift in one of my team sessions. It was from this stage that we built up towards the Novice and Masters Competition of 2016.
He managed to improve upon his comeback in June with a 165kg squat, 90kg bench press and a 200kg deadlift. His performance is part of this video here -
In the buildup to this competition he has had another little injury which has affected his shoulder. So bench has had to take a little bit of a back burner but the squat and deadlift are coming a long really nicely!
You can see his performance at today's team training below. He managed 160kg x 3 on squat, and 185kg x 3 on deadlift. Both of these weights are around his second attempt at his previous competition, so he's in a fantastic position to get some personal bests!
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