Warwick powerlifter goes for a world record in the west
POWERLIFTING: Warwick competitor Tom Hardy is heading to Perth this weekend in quest of a world record in squat.
He currently has a best of 320kg and is aiming to win the 110kg junior national title and also set a new Global Powerlifting Committee world record of 333kg. The current record is 332.5kg.
"I think I can break the world record,” he said.
"I have lifted 320kg in training but you save your biggest lifts for competition.”
Hardy works at DY Gym in Warwick and trains up to 16 hours a week in four sessions.
"It is bad for the nervous system to train more than four times a week, you need time for recovery,” Hardy said.
He is near the end of the tapering period in which he lessens his training in the month before a major competition.
The Warwick lifter catches up with his coach Thomas Lilley at the Gold Coast monthly but does a lot of online training with Lilley.
Hardy weighs in at 105 or 106kg and competes in 110kg division. He has bests of 185kg in benchpress, 270kg in deadlift and 320kg in squat.
Hardy has represented Queensland three times and has two national gold medal wins in the teenage grade. At age 19, he set a teenage world record of 285.5kg in squat.
He played rugby league before starting his powerlifting career while at Assumption College.