CONWAY — North Conway's Ted Sares has uplifting plan for 2017. If all goes well in training and whatever injuries he incurs are not too serious, Sares has his sights sets on some major powerlifting accomplishments.
When asked if he expected injuries, he replied, "Unfortunately I do. Sprains, strains, and attendant pain come with the territory, not to mention arthritis in my case."
Speaking of pain, in January, Sares tuned up by competing in a Strong Man Contest in Boston, where he did well enough in the Hex Bar deadlift, Buffalo squat and cheat curl to get a trophy. He also tried his hand on the brutal sled pull and was able to pull 550 pounds but was unable to push it.
His first planned event will be April 1 at the Elite Powerlifting Federation's Tri-State Championships at the legendary Galaxy Gym in Moutonboro. He then competes in his fourth consecutive EPF Nationals in Johnston, R.I., on April 29, and hopes to break his own EPF squat record at this well-attended event with competitors from all over the country.
Shares said he will rest in May, June and July. On Aug. 22, he strays a bit and will do the shot put at the N.H. Senior Games in Manchester. This will be his first competition of any kind as an octogenarian. He has competed before in these Games but by his own admission, did not do well. He said that won't happen this time.
In the fall, Sares plans to participate in his third straight Hayward Memorial in Fair Haven, Vt. Sanctioned by the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate, he hopes to break two world records, keeping in mind that this will be his first post-80 lifting event.
Sares bookends the year at the hard-core "Beasts from the East" EPF Tournament at the Heavy Metal Gym in Gilford, in which some of the best lifters in the Northeast will compete, including a team from Galaxy Gym.
Sares will share his journey from struggle with physical health to becoming strong and taking control of his mind and body when he does a powerlifting chat at the Ham Room at the Conway Public Library on March 22 (6 p.m.). He learned that with the right support anyone can achieve their fitness goals. Healthy snacks will be provided.
Let the assault begin.
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