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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 who 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 145 pounds. "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 times his body weight. This miniature Hercules has pushed up enough weight to win 10 national titles, including two world titles as a featherweight and lightweight.

Becoming a world class powerlifter boils down to genetics and commitment to rigorous training. He is a personal trainer and exercise physiologist at Fitness and Sports Training in Norwalk. 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. "He's 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 athlete 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 my life."

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 good years of competing ahead. As long as I enjoy it, I'll continue to do it. I love testing myself to see how far I can go. Age is irrelevant."

© JTA Inc., 2000. May not be reproduced without written permission.

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