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Old 09-16-2011, 03:01 PM   #1
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Marion's Ivan Zwick has been lifting weights competitively for more than 30 years, and even at the age of 71 he's still going strong.
Zwick, who stands 5-foot-6 and weighs 143 pounds, recently bench pressed 265 pounds at the USA National Bench Press Championships in Orlando. He claimed a national championship in the masters weight class (ages 70 and over) at the event and will compete at the international competition in South Africa next April.


"I expected to lift a little bit more than that, and I'm shooting for 300 or better next time," Zwick said. "I expected to win it, and I've won nationals on a pretty regular basis. There is really nobody in the world benching what I'm benching in other countries."
Zwick won gold in New Zealand a few years back, and he's hoping to accomplish that again in South Africa next year.
"I think it'll be pretty good competition, and I could have a dozen people I'm competing against there," Zwick said. "If I can get my bench up to about 315, which I've done before, I should do pretty well."


Since he was 45 years old, Zwick has set state records in each age group over the years. When Zwick was competing in the 45-49 age group he bench pressed 308 pounds, and that record still stands today.
Competitive weight lifting started for Zwick around the time he turned 40. He wasn't getting enough exercise selling shoes and thought weight lifting was the way to go. The hard work has paid off, and Zwick is in tremendous shape.
"I've always been real interested in leading a healthy lifestyle, and I really watch my diet, too," Zwick said. "I quit eating red meat and have chicken about 90 percent of the time now. I also don't eat anything fried. I'll be 72 in a month, and I'm probably the only person around my age that doesn't take any prescriptions."


Zwick has only suffered a few injuries over the years and as long as he remains healthy and competitive he'll continue to lift around in events around the country.


"If I'm not competitive at the nationals or the world competition there is no point in me doing it," Zwick said. "The only people that go are people that feel they can win."
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:06 PM   #2
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