Holy crap this dude is tough. 91? WWII vet? Working out five days a week? Bench pressing what looks to be more than his bodyweight when people twenty years younger are off lamenting the loss of their youthful strength??
Sy Perlis, a 91-year-old weightlifter, bench-pressed 187.2 pounds last week to break the world record in the 90-and-over age division, the Arizona Republic reported.
While the idea of a nonagenarian lifting more than what many grown men weigh is enough to amaze, consider this: The Surprise, Ariz., man hoisted 52.2 pounds more than the previous mark set in the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters.
“I would say that’s pretty phenomenal,” five-time world powerlifting champion Rickey Dale Crain told The Huffington Post.
Watch above as Perlis wows the crowd at the National Push-Pull Bench Press and Dead Lift Championships June 8 in Phoenix by slowly lowering the barbell to his chest and pushing the weight all the way up.
Perlis, a World War II veteran, owes his Herculean strength to five workouts a week after he skipped competition in 2012 to have a pacemaker inserted, the Republic wrote.
The World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters says on its website that drug-testing takes place at every meet.
Perlis has certainly earned our respect, as well as his place alongside names of other amazing senior citizens who excel at feats of endurance. Take Fauja Singh, who recently retired as the so-called “world’s oldest marathoner.” He was 101.
Bad ass. He beat the record by 52.2 pounds!
It just goes to show that no matter what happens to you, you should never give up trying to make yourself better. You only have one body; make it at strong as you can.
Also, note to whomever made this video, get yourself a pop-filter. Holy shit, your plosives.
Today I am 31 years old. To celebrate, let’s review something that happened on my 12th birthday: OJ Simpson fleeing the LAPD in his white Ford Bronco after killing his wife.*
*Guys, spoiler alert, he did it.
While in Maryland over Memorial Day*, Sarah, Hannah, and I shot a quick and dirty little video. Friday, while hiding from the rain and completely bailing on the first day of this year’s Governor’s Ball (OH NO WE MISSED KINGS OF LEON BARF), I decided it was a good time to throw it together. Nine hours later, the video above was birthed into the world.
You know, these things are funny. I always think to myself, Oh no, this is going to take like an hour tops, but then I am such a perfectionist I end up spending an entire day tweaking and noodling and getting everything just right. I guess that is better than putting shitty, unfinished work out into the world.
Anyway, enjoy! And laugh. And, if you don’t laugh, FAKE IT AND LAUGH ANYWAY.
*Note: I’ve finally hammered down in my brain which is Memorial Day and which is Labor Day. Good for me!
Today while clicking around the internet, I found a site called 100 Improvements to the New York City Subway. I read through it (and you should too) and I agree with some of his ideas (solar panels on outdoor stations, train positions, and notifications on platforms, among others). Of course, some of his ideas are stupid or impractical or both (Subway USB power, I’m looking at you), but what are you going to do, right?
It got me thinking of how I would improve the subway experience. And I think I have some pretty good ideas.
There are a few ideas. What do you think could help improve the subway experience?
The best t-shirt for a competitive athlete ever. Amazing.
As much as I enjoy watching Mikko Salo destroy his competition WODs (really, a lot, I’ve seen so many), this kind of story is what keeps me going back to and endorsing Crossfit. Sure, there are some douchey people in the community and there are some aspects of it that aren’t perfect, but, in the end, the community is strong and the positives far outweigh the negatives.
This lady is tough as nails. An inspiration to anyone.