NH/Vermont lifting meet set for Saturday
Raymond lifter and personal trainer Peter Hubbard said it is the first time a full power meet will be held on the Seacoast. The event will feature about 60 lifters ranging in age from 14 to 74, he said.
Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate is the event organizer, and Seacoast Sports Club's Great Bay location in Newmarket is the sponsor.
The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and last throughout the day.
Hubbard's involvement has drawn a good number of first-time and young lifters from the area, along with experienced lifters.
Hubbard will be among the competitors, as will his wife, Nona, as the couple try to best some of their own world records. Peter Hubbard, 74, is ranked in the top three in the country for his weight and age group, and Nona, 51, is ranked in the top five.
Teens from the Exeter High School football team are participating in the meet, as are two graduates of Derry's Pinkerton Academy.
Zach Bosen, 18, an all-state lineman from Exeter, lifted at his first meet in February and set a state bench-press record with a lift of 235 pounds in the 220-pound weight class.
Tim Parrott, 18, of Derry, who set a world record bench-press of 325 pounds in February, also will also be competing in the meet. Hubbard said Parrott will attempt to bench more than 440 pounds.
Hubbard said he is enjoying working with young people and teaching them the health benefits of weight lifting.
"They are all football players, so what's good about it is, even the coaches like it because (the athletes) are staying in the gym and working in the offseason to get stronger, and this is a fun way to see how strong they got," he said.
Hubbard has set his own goal of breaking his record in the 71-74 age group before moving onto the next age class next month.
"Whether you are 14 years old or my age, 74, it keeps you in the gym because you are focused on doing something that has a result," Hubbard said. "You see your results."
He said he talks with the next generation and their families about a proper diet as well as cardiovascular work and strength training to prevent all sorts of disease and improve overall health.
Three events will be held during Saturday's full-power meet, including the bench press, squat and dead lift in various weight and age classes.