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Ben White: Are you done with powerlifting?

Q: I recently saw an episode of the Web series “NYBB Blue.” It’s a great series, but the whole episode was about you backing out of a powerlifting challenge. What’s up with that? Are you done with powerlifting?

A: Dude, did you not watch the whole episode? I explained my reason for not competing at the Albany contest: I didn’t have the time to prep properly. During the summer I reconnected with my family after about five years. It was supposed to be a short visit, but it turned into months, and I just couldn’t keep my power training on track. Yet I wouldn’t trade that family time for anything. I also moved into a new house and was busy with that.

To make matters worse, in the fall I tripped while taking some stuff up the stairs and broke two damned toes! Unbelievable. If you’ve ever broken a toe, you know it makes walking tough, much less doing 700-pound deadlifts or 600-pound squats. So just as I was getting back to heavy training, I had to step off the gas again. Still, I’m benching heavy and keeping my upper body strong.

Bottom line: I plan to do heavy training through the winter. My original goal was to use 2013 to gain strength and mass by powerlifting and then get back to bodybuilding in 2014. Now I must push that timetable back a bit, but rest assured, you ain’t seen the last of me on the powerlifting platform.


Editor’s note: Ben White won his first IFBB professional bodybuilding contest, the Tampa Pro, in 2010. He is also a champion powerlifter and frequently competes in the World’s Strongest Bodybuilder contest at the Olympia. His best competition bench press is 711 pounds. He is an MPH athlete,  IM


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