Power lifter aims for world record

WA powerlifting champion James McNaught lifts 240 kilograms. Picture: Marcus Whisson d401851
WA powerlifting champion James McNaught lifts 240 kilograms. Picture: Marcus Whisson d401851

At a solid 82.5kg, the Kalamunda resident has unofficially broken the world record for his weight division and will be heading to Melbourne this month to compete at the GPC National Powerlifting Championships.

Mr McNaught will be looking to make the record official at the titles.

With a strong determination to stay in shape, Mr McNaught said he started lifting weights in his garage, never realising his ability to bench press more than 190kg would one day see him travelling the world.

The ‘family man’ said it was not until he began training with Henry Day at Muscle Pit, in Cannington, that he realised his potential.

‘I have just been rolling with the punches on this whole ride because one day I was lifting weights in my garage and the next I am off to Melbourne to compete with people from around the world,’ he said. ‘Henry’s knowledge about weightlifting has made this all a reality because he obviously saw talent in me.

‘In one training session, he was able to add 30kg onto my weights just by adjusting my technique.

‘I have a wife and two children, so I can’t afford any protein powders or supplements, so I just have to work extremely hard,’

Mr McNaught trains four days a week and his current personal bests are 260kg for the squat, 190kg for bench and 280kg for deadlift.

He says his secret to lifting heavy weights is a banana Nesquik each night.