This meet was far from perfect. Due to unavoidable circumstances, I had to pull an all nighter for work and so I competed on zero sleep. (Thank you to the United States Marine Corps for all of those miserable training events that showed me that I can still perform on limited sleep!)
I had the pleasure of competing alongside my eleven year old son, Juaquin ‘The Hurricane”. It was even more special because my oldest son, James “War Machine” started his powerlifting career at 14, only a few years older than Juaquin is now, setting the SPF American record at 120lbs. He’s 19 and a brand new Marine and he got to see his youngest brother duplicate what he’d done.
James’s best friend, my play nephew, Malcolm (not to be confused with my son, Malcolm) was there just like he was there when James set his national record. It was a beautiful thing despite me having to run from Juaquin’s platform to mine every time. Because of the timing, I would end up with about 30 seconds to prepare for each attempt, so I quickly learned to put on my wristwraps on the move! I completed 2 of my three attempts, passing on a third to save it for deadlifts. I’d been awake for about 24 hours straight by the time we got to deadlifting. My final results were 418/325/540 all weights in pounds. None of these are PRs but as I said, that wasn’t the point of the day. Thank you Heavenly Father for the gift of this experience!
The video I was able to get is below:
Juaquin’s first squat
Juaquin broke the American records in bench and deadlift. I don’t have the bench videos but here’s the deadlift footage. First his warm up
and his final attempt.
Juaquin placed second in the all around youth division. He decided to wait up at the very top so everyone would see him walk down.
My meet recap video is below: