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Potts Breaks World Record

By Staff | Aug 26, 2009

Three-time USPF National Champion Jim Potts won the USPF Nationals July 5 in Los Angeles, with new World record of 573.4 pounds lifting in the 308 -pound weight class. Potts tipped the scales at 293 pounds.

Potts, who helped the 2007 World Champion USA team to gold medal, finished second for best overall lifter in Torreon Mexico. In addition, Potts was named to the 2007-09 Team USA that will compete against 33 countries.

Potts is a two-time world record holder and recently regained the record from a German who best Potts’ old record by one-half kilo or 1.1 pounds. He also is a national and state record holder, who will attended the World Championships Nov. 10-15 in Las Vegas with a goal of helping the team bring back a gold medal and reset World Record at 300 kilos (600 pounds).

Potts and eight other lifters are being coached by USPF President Dave Jeffrey of Parkersburg. Four current national or world champions also lift there and the garage-like training gym. Once a week, Potts goes to the Hall of Fame Sports Performance in Parkersburg to be stretched by a trainer and to undergo whatever rehabilitation he needs for the week.

His training regimen for preparing for a national or world competition is to bench twice per week and engage in other workouts for core strength. Potts also does some things that might not be found in a lot of gyms, such as board presses, using bands for added resistance and partial reps with over 700 pounds.

His best bench press is 617 pounds. The Wetzel Chronicle wishes Potts and his team every success in breaking his own record to bring home another championship.