Best Lifter spotlight from the USPC West Virginia State Championship on May 1, 2021.
Men’s Junior Raw Best Lifter...
Name, age & how long have you been Powerlifting?
Anthony Lee , 21, started in 2017
Best lifts in competition?
Squat ~ 361 LBS / Bench ~ 240 LBS / Deadlift ~
Athletic background? What you did before powerlifting?
Before I started powerlifting, I did Track and wrestling in middle school for a little while
Tell me something about your gym/team.
My gym, Monsters Bent Barbell, are a group of not only some of the strongest , but also amazing people who you can always go to for anything When I first joined the gym, I was instantly welcomed with open arms as a part of the monster family.
Trying alone or training partner/coach, team?
Since I’ve began my powerlifting journey, I’ve always done it by myself. Never had a coach, just lots of research and trying to gather as much knowledge as I possibly can.
Something most people you train with (or those who follow you if you train alone) don't know about you?
I’m one the most hardest, consistent, dedicated people you’ll see.
Biggest inspiration in the sport?
My biggest inspiration in powerlifting would definitely have to be Russian lifter, Yury Belkin. I wanted to be the most perfect lifter I could be . Yury Belkin is the most efficient deadlifter I’ve ever seen and he’s a big part of why I’m such an efficient lifter now and he really paved the way for me to want to learn more on technique and really learn more about this sport.
What's your favorite lift?
My favorite lift is the Deadlift. It’s just a lift that’s my specialty and there’s a beauty to the sumo deadlift that I admire.
Least favorite lift?
Least favorite lift would be bench. I’m not the strongest on it so just not a huge fan.
Biggest challenge in your training?
The biggest challenge in training is just consistency. I stress it a lot. Some days you just don’t feel up to working out at all, but that’s what makes champions. The days you don’t feel like going in, you still go no matter what.
Ideal training atmosphere? Focused and dialed in or noisy and high energy?
I’m a more passive aggressive lifter so a focused atmosphere is my liking.
Training plan. Do your own programming or have a coach?
Most of the time I program myself. I will be getting a coach soon, tho.
Social media. Positives and negatives
The positives of social media is i like to share my life a lot through that. The negatives are the hate you can get on occasion.
Diet you follow? Supplements?
All I take is Protein, Creatine, and Preworkout
Biggest accomplishment in your powerlifting career?
My biggest accomplishment in powerlifting would for sure be recently winning best lifter. It’s been my life goal in this sport since I’ve taken it seriously.
What's one of your non-powerlifting goals?
To eventually get my certification and be a coach, training other athletes.
Finally is there anyone you would like to acknowledge or give a shout out to (team, coach, spouse, sponsors)?
I’d like to give a shout-out to Monsters Bent Barbell for giving me an amazing place to be able to train, my girlfriend, Jodi, for always being my #1 supporter in everything I do, and my buddy Cody for always pushing me in the gym.