NLL Legend - Alexander Anderson
(Image courtesy of Grant Hendry - Horne).
Alexander Anderson is a powerlifting force, and has competed in various competitions over the past year. His story is an inspiring one of hard work and determination.
At the start of 2016 Alexander ran his first training programme specifically for powerlifting. The aim was to enter his first competition, The Fife Open in October 2016. The first competition went brilliantly, finishing with a 200kg squat, 140kg bench press and 212.5kg deadlift, totalling 552.5kg at 81kg. This gave Alexander 2nd place in his weight class and he was awarded with a silver medal. In March this year, Alexander took to the platform again, at the Western Districts at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility. Aiming to compete in the lower weight class (-74kg), Alexander cut his body weight from 85kg to 73.5kg in just 12 weeks. Unfortunately, due to an adductor injury, Alexander didn’t manage to get a good squat on the board which cost him the competition. However, the experience did give him a good insight and a wealth of experience to take to the next competition.
On Saturday 1st April, Alexander took to the platform, and began competing in the Scottish Powerlifting’s University and College Championships over at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility. Representing Glasgow University, Alexander has graduated with a bachelors in maths, and is currently studying for his masters in aerospace systems. He was introduced to powerlifting around three years ago, after watching Stan Efferding squat 905lbs (411kg) on You Tube. He thought he was the coolest man on the planet and wanted to emulate his success. Alexander and the team walked away with third place overall. Alexander finished on a 170kg squat, 135kg bench press and 225kg deadlift.
A Scottish Powerlifting representative said “We are looking to promote our sport, and hopefully inspire others into taking it up. Scottish powerlifting is growing fast. Currently we have approximately 350 members and we train between the Aquatec and Ravenscraig. The facilities are excellent, the equipment is fantastic and the staff are always welcoming. We train 4 – 5 times per week. Alexander’s journey has been inspiring and I am hoping his story will encourage others to get involved in the sport”
Alexander’s main aim for this year is to get healthy, and to be able to squat without pain. He is hoping that he sees an increase in the sport with budding Powerlifters joining the team. In Alexander’s spare time, when he is not training in the Aquatec, attending university or working, likes to spend time in Ayr with his girlfriend chilling by the seaside.
Two members of the team are hoping to go to South Africa this September for the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships.
If you are looking to get involved in Scottish Powerlifting please visit their website here.
That’s all for this month’s NLL Legend stay tuned for more stories coming soon!