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Nick Wiete is a 31 year old police officer, husband, and father from Saint Louis, MO; who has already made a name for himself in powerlifting. He started competing 4 years ago and since starting has competed twice in the IPF World Championships and plans to really make his mark in the upcoming years. We welcome Nick as a new member of Team HMB and are excited to get to know more about this accomplished athlete.
Q: Where did the athletic roots of Nick Weite begin?
NW: My athletic roots started early, playing both baseball and football from the time I was young. As I entered high school I started focusing my attention to football. My grandpa, two uncles and brother all played Division 1 football so I knew my chance for a scholarship was in football. I didn’t quite make it to Division 1, but I was able to get a scholarship to a Division 2 school, Truman State University. There I played several different positions and lettered four years.
Q: How did you first get involved in powerlifting and get to the point that you are now?
NW: From the time I played football in high school and then in college, the way we lifted was strictly for power. We focused on the three core lifts, the squat, bench and deadlift. So throughout my football career, I had built a great base for the sport of powerlifting. After college I continued to train this way and still had the itch to compete, which powerlifting was a great outlet to do. My uncle was also John Ware, a legend in powerlifting and was the first person to break Bill Kazmaier’s record total in the super heavyweight division. Because of my uncle, I was around the sport since I was young and I guess it was a natural transition. All these things contributed to me competing in powerlifting. Finally, to get where I am at today, I guess it started after watching my brother compete in a United States Powerlifting (USAPL) meet around 2007. After the meet I hooked up with some other officers who were also involved in the same organization. I competed in a meet shortly after and was able to qualify for my first USAPL Men’s Nationals, where I finished 6th in my weight class. From there I continued to train and climb up the ranks within the 275 pound class of the USAPL, finally winning my first national title in 2010. Along the way I was chosen to represent team USA in the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Championships, first as an alternate and then as an automatic invite for winning Nationals. The IPF is the world affiliate to the USAPL and by far the best international powerlifting competition there is. I also chose to lift in the USAPL because I feel it’s the best drug free, single ply organization out there.
Q: Who did you look up to or who helped influence you when you started getting into powerlifting?
NW: As I said before both my uncle, John Ware, and my older brother, Jason, were big influences in me starting to powerlift. As a child, I went to several meets to watch my uncle lift so I was always around the sport. My brother is three years older and was big into lifting weights and got into powerlifting before I did so he kind of led the way for me to start doing the same meets as him. Those are the two people that really got me interested in powerlifting. Now even though I compete I still look up to several lifters in the sport today, including powerlifting legend Brad Gillingham, also with Team HMB. The longevity and success he has had in the sport is a great inspiration to me and what I inspire to accomplish. I would also have to say I look up to the entire group of guys that I lift with at Speed Through Power. I am a huge fan of powerlifting and actually look up to anyone that steps up to the platform to compete.
Q: I know your total is 2204 lbs, where would you like this number to be and which lifts do you think you can improve to get there?
NW: I recently did the 2011 USAPL Missouri State meet and actually set new personal records in almost every lift, so now my total is up to 2248. My current squat is 848, bench is 600 and my deadlift in a full meet is 799. I believe before this June I can improve each lift by at least ten pounds, putting my total around 2280 at Nationals.
Q: What is your favorite lift out of the three? Or do you enjoy each lift?
NW: It’s hard to pick a favorite lift because I pride myself on being a complete powerlifter. I try to be solid in all three lifts so I can achieve a high total. With that said, my favorite would have to the deadlift. I feel the deadlift best defines true strength in a lifter, and one powerlifting gear can’t help much with.
Q: Tell us about your training and how you prepare for competitions.
NW: My training cycle is broken down into two parts, a four week prep cycle and a five week competition cycle. My training consists of a high volume percentage based workload and we start our prep cycle with 5x5 in the squat and bench. We do this for the first few weeks than break into training in our powerlifting gear. To simply break down my training would be heavy squat and bench in gear on Monday, heavy deadlifts on Wednesday, squat and bench speed training on Friday and auxiliary work for the back on Saturday.
Q: What advice would you give a lifter that’s coming into the sport for the first time?
NW: The advice I would give any lifter coming into the sport for the first time would simply be to build a base. What I mean by this is I compete “Raw” and in “Gear”. Competing “Raw” means you’re lifting with basically a belt only. Competing in “Gear” means lifting with a bench shirt, squat/deadlift suits and knee wraps. Several new lifters come into the sport and think they need to immediately buy powerlifting gear in order to achieve higher poundages. This is simply a short cut and allows higher lifts in the beginning but I feel leads to a short ceiling for your lifts. I believe a strong raw base combined with gear will lead to a more productive career. With this said I would advise a new lifter to really have a few years of strong raw training then if they want to wear equipment move on to it, but always keep their raw strength up. Another piece of advice is to come check out powerlifting meets before thinking of entering one. There are several organizations with different standards of the sport and they need to decide what works best for them.
Q: What would you say is your most memorable experience you’ve had while competing in this sport?
NW: I have several memorable experiences already in the short time I have been competing. I would have to say traveling to both New Dehli, India and Potchefstroom, South Africa to compete in the IPF Worlds is up there. While competing in South Africa I was able to win the silver medal overall in the 275 pound class and also a gold medal in the deadlift. This would have to be my highest achievement in the sport to date. I have also competed at the Arnold Classic the last three years. This year though I competed in the GNC Pro Deadlift in front of the biggest crowd I have ever lifted in front of. If I had to choose my most memorable experience though it would have to be winning my first National title in 2010. These last four years have provided many great experiences and I hope I can keep it going.
Q: What are your ultimate goals and how do you feel HMB will help you get there?
NW: My overall goal is to total 2300 at a National or World competition. I feel I am close to that total which very few have ever done in the USAPL. My long term goal is trying to break the USAPL American record in the deadlift, which is 856 pounds. This record was set over twenty years ago and is one of the longest standing American Records in our organization. Although I am still a ways off the record, I feel my 826 deadlift I recently did at the GNC Pro Deadlift was a step in the right direction. I feel HMB will help me reach these goals. I started using HMB a year ago, before joining Team HMB, and I have noticed a huge increase in recovery and strength. I am excited to continue using this great product and feel the benefit of recovery I will be gaining is going to help my strength gains go through the roof. I feel HMB combined with my 1st Phorm products really have given me an edge and can't wait to see what the future holds.
Thanks for your time today Nick, and we are truly happy that you are a part of our team!