By: Delroy Mcqueen, British Deadlift & Powerlifting Champion
Commonwealth Games Weightlifting Champion 105kg (3 Golds Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Total
London Powerlifting Champion 110kg & Best lifter (BWLA/IPF)
British Powerlifting Champion 110kg (BPC/GPC)
World Championships Silver Medallist 110kg (GPC)
South East Champion 125kg (BPC/GPC)
British Powerlifting Champion 125kg (BPC/GPC)
British Deadlift Champion 125kg
I started Olympic Weightlifting in 1991 when I was 15 years old, A weight lifting coach called John Jackson came in to my school and started teaching weight training in PE, I went along to his weightlifting and powerlifting gym. The journey began there.
I started to make the transition to powerlifting May 2004 after the European weightlifting championships. I just did not enjoy weightlifting any more. I just knew powerlifting would be for me.
What influenced me to transition from Olympic Weightlifting to Powerlifting was when I started training in Marks Cullimore's Gym formerly named 'Maximus' now 'The Gallery in Windsor', where a lot of good powerlifters train.
Mark had the impression I would be a good powerlifter, so the transition started. I found a website Irongame.com which has a lot of powerlifting videos, I saw Steve Goggins squat 500kg and Andy Bolton's all time deadlift record of the time of 423kg.
It just started me thinking, what could do if I went over to powerlifting? After that, a good friend and now rival on the platform Nathan Scott was training, he let me try a pair of his knee wraps and a belt to squat, I got a 330kg squat first time out, I was hooked from then.
My best Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting lifts to date are, Olympic Lifts in competition where a 165 Snatch and a 210kg clean and jerk, I done those lifts at the 2002 Commonwealth Games where I won 3 golds. My Best powerlifting lifts at the moment are Squat 435kg (BPC British record), 220kg bench press and a 375kg deadlift.
My worst injury came about at the end of 1999 when I was Olympic Weightlifting. I was training on a Saturday morning on the Snatch, on my 3rd rep with 140kg, I lost the lift behind me and dislocated my right elbow and tore the medial ligament in half!!
A lot of people through my lifting career had come to an end. In February 2000 I had elbow reconstruction surgery; the specialist at the time only gave me a 30-40% chance of ever being able to lift again at any level! I loved the sport so much it was some thing I just had to do.
Surgery went very well; the doctor said it would take about 18 months before I could lift again. I competed in my first competition after only 9 months and after 11 months I broke the British Clean and Jerk record.
Barbell Press 5 Sets of 10-15 Reps
Lateral Raise 5 Sets of 10-15 Reps
Front Dumbbell Raise 5 Sets of 10-15 Reps
Rear Delt Dumbbell Raise 5 Sets of 10-15 Reps
Bent Over Row 5 Sets of 10-15 Reps
Wide Grip Lat Pull Down 5 Sets of 10-15 Reps
Single Arm Dumbbell Row 5 Sets of 10-15 Reps
Shrugs 5 Sets of 10-15 Reps
Barbell Curl 5 Sets of 10-15 Reps
Hammer Curl 5 Sets of 10-15 Reps
Leg Press 5-6 Sets of 15-20 Reps
Leg Extensions 5-6 Sets of 15-20 Reps
Leg Curl 5-6 Sets of 15-20 Reps
Calf Raise 5-6 Sets of 15-20 Reps
Heavy Bench Press
4 Board Press
Plus Heavy Tricep work
My diet consists of 3-4 Meals per day; I eat healthy most of the time.
The main Supplements I use are:
LA Whey (highly recommended to me by Ben Agboke)
To defends my BPC British 125kg Powerlifting title, to break a world record. I think with the help of La Muscle these goals are very realistic a may even be able to surpass theses goals for 2007.