Fremantle lifter to show off power at Perth Health and Fitness Expo


Weightlifter Jack Miles.
Weightlifter Jack Miles.

IMAGINE lifting a fully grown male grizzly bear with bare hands.

For many, it is a feat that cannot be fathomed, but lifting as much as 300kg in one hit has become almost second nature for Fremantle’s Jack Miles.

A rugby player as a teenager, Mr Miles used bodybuilding techniques to help him grow stronger for the sport.

Work commitments forced him to give up rugby, but he continued to compete in bodybuilding competitions before entering his first powerlifting competition in 2012.

He said from there, he was hooked.

“I enjoy it so much because it keeps me active, is very rewarding and is a great outlet to let off some steam and frustration,” he said.

“I have ranked number one in the State (power to weight) for the last two years.”

However the 105kg, 29-year-old powerlifter almost did not make it out of childhood, suffering from a number of severe asthma attacks as a toddler that almost killed him.

While he no longer has severe attacks, Mr Miles said it still played a role in his training.

“It doesn’t affect my lifting or training, although I do need to strengthen my breathing muscles to better execute the lifts and I carry an inhaler with me everywhere I go,” he said.

Mr Miles will be one of a number of powerlifters competing in the upcoming Perth Health and Fitness Expo, where he will go up against the current top-ranked competitor in his weight class.

Eager to break a few personal bests when he attempts to lift as much as 760kg across three disciplines, and perhaps even finish the competition in top spot, he said his next goal was to qualify for the world championships in Belarus next year.

The Fitness and Health Expo is at the Perth Convention Centre on August 20 and 21.

What is powerlifting?

– The powerlifting athlete competes in three specific disciplines: deadlift, squat and benchpress.

– The sum or total of the best lift in each discipline determines the winner.

– Weight categories begin with 44kg women’s class and end in the men’s over-125kg class.

Source: International Powerlifting Federation