Bouchereau's a man of incredible strength
EVER wondered about being able to lift your weight? Better still - three times your weight?
That is exactly what WIRAC personal trainer Ben Bouchereau has done in Global Powerlifting Committee events.
Last year, Bouchereau lifted 250.5kg in squat at the nationals to set a world record in the 82kg division but lost his record two months later.
"I want to regain the record at the nationals in Melbourne on June 15-16," he said.
Last year, the 27-year-old won the 82.5kg class at the Queensland titles and was third overall. He was third in his class at the nationals
Bouchereau moved to Warwick at the start of this year when his partner started work at Warwick Health Services.
He is a personal trainer at WIRAC, studies part-time towards a teaching degree at the University of Southern Queensland and is also a powerlifting coach.
Bouchereau is in his third year of competition and is training hard for the state championships on April 6 and then the nationals.
"I am hoping to do a 240kg squat and two personal bests, 155kg bench press, and a 240kg dead lift in April," he said.
He said there were a lot of similarities between weightlifting at the Olympics and powerlifting.
"We just do different lifts in powerlifting," Bouchereau said.
"The good thing about power lifting is you don't need too much equipment.
"I enjoy testing my strength and pushing myself, it is good in the sense you can see if you are improving by your weights."
His long-term goal is to lift at the world championships but that won't happen until he finishes his teaching degree.
Each week, he completes four two-hour sessions a week at WIRAC.
He also trains at Raw Muscle Gym in Toowoomba and travels to Brisbane for one session each week at the Performance Training Centre.