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Powerlifter Lloyd Weinstein training to defend his USA Master's title
By FRANK SZIVOS
Ct. Jewish Ledger
January 24, 2001
FAIRFIELD, CT., Imagine a powerlifter - one of those guys
looks like a chunk of concrete
with no neck and tree trunk arms.
Erase that picture. Now consider Lloyd Weinstein of Fairfield, built
more like a gymnast with
well-developed arms and legs, but looking like an ordinary guy at 5'4" and
"I know I'm not the image of a prototypical weightlifter," Weinstein
says. "When I think back, I can't
believe I've lifted that much weight."
Weinstein, 42, is no ordinary guy with weights in hands. He's a world
class powerlifter who won the silver
medal in September in the International
Powerlifting Federation World Championships (Master's Division). His
performance was disappointing to
him since he won the world title in 1999.
"I didn't have my best day at the World's," Weinstein says. "Next year,
I know what I have to do. I was a
little off that day."
Forgive Weinstein, who was still recovering from a bout with Crohn's
Disease (a bowel disorder) in the
international championship and only lifted a total of 1,366 pounds in three
events. In the 2000 world competition in
Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, he squatted 523 pounds, benched 303 pounds
and deadlifted 540 pounds - all
three far from his personal bests.
His forte is the deadlift - his best 606 pounds or an amazing four
his body weight. This miniature
Hercules has pushed up enough weight to win 10 national titles, including
world titles as a featherweight and
Becoming a world class powerlifter boils down to genetics and
to rigorous training. He is a
personal trainer and exercise physiologist at Fitness and Sports Training in
Ron Geoghegan of Norwalk, Weinstein's lifting partner, says his friend is an
authority who other powerlifters go to
for training tips.
"Lloyd knows so much about lifting and nutrition," Geoghegan says.
the guy other powerlifters go to
with questions about form or how to break through lifting plateaus. He has
tremendous power of concentration,
athleticism and his form is always letter perfect."
SUBHEAD: Loves sports
Weinstein came to powerlifting by accident. He was a three-sport
in high school in Langhorn,
Pa.--soccer, football and track. Weinstein still coaches girls soccer at
Weston High School.
He attended Southern Connecticut State College to play soccer but
injured a knee ligament. He started
lifting weights to rehab his knee and realized he enjoyed it.
In his first competition in 1981, he won the state featherweight
championship at 132 pounds.
"I love sports. I have had a lot of success," Weinstein said. "I still
enjoy coaching soccer. It's a big part of
Weinstein says his Jewish faith also plays a strong role in his life.
His grandparents emigrated from the
Ukraine to maintain their religious freedom, and his father, a history
professor at the University of Iowa and Trenton
State, taught him to value his Jewish heritage.
He's already beginning to train to defend his USA Powerlifting Master's
title in Killeen, Texas in May. This
time, he plans to be at his peak. He credits the support of his wife, Lorna,
pregnant with their second child, for
encouraging him to stick to his demanding training regiment.
Does all this strength have a practical value? Weinstein says it comes
in handy. He recalls landscaping his
yard and ripping a bush out of the ground roots and all with his bare hands.
Another time, he straightened the dent
in his car door by pushing with his legs from the opposite side.
At the moment, he wants to compete for several more years as long as he
remains injury-free and enjoys
the rigorous training.
"I'm still new to this Master's level," Weinstein says. "I see some
years of competing ahead. As long
as I enjoy it, I'll continue to do it. I love testing myself to see how far
can go. Age is irrelevant."
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