Lifter’s technique still does spectacular feats
BEFORE Paul Nay tore both pectoral muscles he could bench press 280kg, now he can lift only 180kg.
The Caloundra weightlifting champion is defying belief with his ability to bench press extraordinary weights without functioning pectoral muscles.
"People scratch their heads and I just tell them I found what works for me," he said.
"I just do a lot of triceps, shoulders, core strength work."
Nay competes in powerlifting competitions that incorporate three events; bench press, squat and deadlift.
For obvious reasons, bench press is no longer Nay's strength, but he remains one of the top in Australia at his class because of his power in the other two events.
The Caloundra accountant broke the world record in the masters class for lifters weighing under 125kg on the weekend when he deadlifted 345kg at the CAPO Powerlifting Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in Melbourne.
He also squatted 305kg and bench pressed 180kg, but came second in the overall tally.
Nay hopes to better his deadlift weight on the Gold Coast this weekend when he competes in the Global Powerlifting Committee Nationals Qualifier.
"For me it's not about world records, it's about doing personal bests," he said.
"If you've done a personal best in that event, that's the best you can do and that's what it's all about. It's not about 'I came last' or '29 other blokes beat me'.
"It's not about that because what happens when you come first? You've got nowhere to go.
"Once I got my first world record I thought: 'what do I do now? Actually, I can lift more than that.' It's about a personal best, that's what it's all about."
The highlight of last weekend's meet was not breaking the world record, it was a one-minute meeting with childhood hero.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was doing the rounds at the event when he stopped to shake hands with Nay.
"I was a teenager when Conan the Barbarian came out and I can remember looking at him and just being blown away by him.
"Meeting him was just amazing. He was a nice guy and he was genuinely interested in what we were talking about," he said.