Best Lifter spotlight from the WPUSA Virginia State Championship on July 10, 2021.
Top Men's Open Raw Wilks 2020...
Name, age & how long have you been Powerlifting?
Derek Dickinson, 32, first meet was in 2011
Best lifts in competition?
674.61 squat 465.17 bench 683.4 dead 1801.17 total
Athletic background? What you did before powerlifting?
Football and baseball. My dad also always had me doing all kinds of physical work
It's something I like doing and felt I was ok at
Tell me something about your gym/team.
I have most equipment I need at home but I'll do a commercial gym a couple days a week for accessories
Trying alone or training partner/coach, team?
Alone mainly but a couple days a week with one of my buddys
Something most people you train with (or those who follow you if you train alone) don't know about you?
I bombed out of my first meet ever. But they let me cross over to Ironman push/pull
Biggest inspiration in the sport?
I'm not really inspired by other people
What's your favorite lift?
Least favorite lift?
Biggest challenge in your training?
Training after working outside in the weather all day every day
Ideal training atmosphere? Focused and dialed in or noisy and high energy?
I do like to have either a stereo or earbuds playing about as loud as they'll go
Training plan. Do your own programming or have a coach?
I do my own.
Social media. Positives and negatives
Positives are you may find some useful information for your training
Negatives are a lot of people put on a fake front for social media and are dishonest about all the information they give out
Diet you follow? Supplements?
I try to get in about 350carb,240protein,100g of fat daily
Creatine, caffeine and citrulline malate 2:1 are always good
Biggest accomplishment in your powerlifting career?
I came back hit a deadlift PR at a meet in the same building where 364 days before that I had a distal bicep tendon rupture on a 3rd attempt deadlift.
What's one of your non-powerlifting goals?
Just to be happy
Finally is there anyone you would like to acknowledge or give a shout out to (team, coach, spouse, sponsors)?
My buddies Roscoe and Bob McClure