Local lifters press new records

Bill Prince and Gary Miller train together on occasion, and both have scored world records in bench pressing. Miller also excels in dead lifting. Both are on a new record-setting trend in 2013 with Prince having added three world records this year, and Miller four.

There are several World Association of Benchers and Dead Lifters (WABDL) competitions during the year and Prince has attended three of them so far.

He intends to compete in a Lansing, Mich. meet on July 20, then Riverside, Calif., in August, and finally in November at the main event, WABDL in Reno. He hopes to set world records in all three events.

The Reno meet runs six days in order for people from all over the world to enter and compete.

It wasn’t that long ago that Prince learned he had a heart ailment.

He said, “After I got well, I got the bug again to compete.” He lost weight, began training and returned to a schedule of competing to be the best he could be.

Prince said, “I intend to just keep going until I can’t go any more.”

This could be a long time from now given there are benchers who are in their 80s and 90s elsewhere, and he started over 60 years ago.

Miller breaks his own records by competing in a lighter or heavier weight category, and continues to train hard in his own gym. In his workout center, he also trains newcomers to the sport, as well as those already competing with state and world records of their own.

Others who don’t compete come to work out with Miller just to have an intense workout with a professional.

Miller rose to professional status after enduring and overcoming major body injuries as a youth which left him with the challenge of a limp on one foot and other issues that were severe.

Today, he is well-known in the WABDL world and he hosts various state meets in Nevada and elsewhere. The next will be held in Riverside, Calif., on Aug. 10, where as many as 10 or more from Pahrump will compete.

Prince is now training two new young men to compete in Riverside, and Miller is helping to refine technique for many of the competitors heading to the World’s competition in November.