USA Powerlifting is the largest powerlifting organization in the United States; the American affiliate of the largest powerlifting federation in the world, the International Powerlifting Federation. It’s Raw Nationals competition is the arena for hundreds of recreational and competitive lifters alike. It’s easy to get lost in the crowd, to lose sight of why you started when you participate in an event of that caliber.
Mike “Bird” Parrott has been certified as a personal trainer and is currently studying as a strength coach. He provides nutrition counseling and exercise programming. Two of his athletes have become National champions with numerous others achieving many National, American, and Military records while under his tutelage. Moreover, he has assisted with and facilitated over 10 powerlifting meets spanning a 5-year period. He is also a certified state-referee for USA Powerlifting. With only a few years of competition experience under his belt, he is a member of the U.S. Air Force Powerlifting team and is credited with a 245 kg/540 lbs. squat, 152.5 kg/336 lbs. bench press, and 275 kg/606 lbs.* deadlift for a (cumulative) total of 672.5 kg/1,479.5 lbs. with a bodyweight of 86 kg/189 lbs.
But he had no chance of winning in a stacked weight class. Like the champion he is, Mike went anyway. Read his first article for EliteFTS by following the link and find out why he says chasing other people’s achievements is not how to become a champion.