Powerlifting

Members of Tough Talk have two main things in common:-

First, they had lives that were spiralling out of control before they had a life-changing experience of the love of Jesus Christ and second, they spend time lifting weights in the gym.

Their sport is called POWERLIFTING and consists of three lifting discliplines:

1: The Squat

2: The Bench Press
The Deadlift

3: The Dead Lift

The Squat

This is the most visually dramatic lift and is frequently demonstrated by the team during meetings.The loaded bar is placed on the lifter’s shoulders and he then squats down (almost touching the floor with his backside!) and then slowly stands up again. The amount of weight is increased in stages and, during these demonstrations can be as much as 260kg. Of course in competitions, lifters can exceed this amount.

Joe Lampshire
Joe Lampshire is a British powerlifting champion who’s best squat is over 330kg and regularly demonstrates this lift at Tough Talk meetings.

Martyn Parrish
Martyn Parrish

Ian McDowall
Ian McDowall

Joe Lampshire competing at the Commonwealth Championships with well over 300kg.  In 2006 Joe broke the British Squat record & overall total record!

The Bench Press

In this disclipline, the lifter lies on the bench, the loaded bar is placed in his hand and he has to lower it to his chest and the press it up to extend his arms.

Audience member tries the Bench Press
A member of the audience at a Tough Talk meeting demonstates his strength at the bench press.

Arthur White
Arthur White demonstrates the bench press. Arthur is a multiple British, European and World powerlifting champion.

The Deadlift

In this disclipline, the lifter keeps his back straight and lifts the loaded bar from the ground.
Sounds simple? Try it!…

Arthur White
Arthur White competing in the World Championships in Argentina. Arthur holds a World Record deadlift.

Arthur White
Here Arthur is competing in the World Championships in Canada.

Arthur White
Here, Arthur is competing in the European Championships in the Ukraine and this is a picture of his winning deadlift of 318kg.