Elmira Mayor Dan Mandell competed in the World Natural Powerlifting Federation’s New York State championship in Rochester on Saturday.
Mandell trained for months to get ready for the competition. He competed against other powerlifters from across the state in a series of challenges including deadlifting, bench pressing, and squats.
By his side was his gym partner Lou Kitching spotting him on the squat and cheering him on. Kitching was supposed to compete but was diagnosed with sciatica and had to sit out.
Mandell said though he did not get the results he hoped for, it was still a great experience to compete.
“In the gym, I did get 420, I was hoping for 425 today. I ended up with 370, I got 370, 400 I struggled with whatever reason. You have good days and bad days,” Mandell said, as he recapped his performance. “That’s what I get out of it, it’s the reward of doing it, the discipline, and also the camaraderie.”
He placed third in this competition and now qualifies for the federation’s Can-Am Nationals in July. If places there, he will qualify for the Internationals in November, in Edison, New Jersey.
Some of his stats included 370 pounds on the squat, 205 pounds bench-pressing, and 430 pounds on the dead-lift.