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Islanders break ............... amateur weight lifting records Local weightlifters Anthony Cissell arid Steve Denning compet- ed in an Amateur Athletic Union powerlifting bench press competi- tion in Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 10 and both broke world records in weight lifting in their divisions. The Las Vegas AAU competition was a worldwide event which drew over 150 competitors from as far as Finland, Russia and the Ukraine. Cissell competed in men's open super heavy weight division. Den- ning competed in the men's 55 to 59 age group, 275-pound retired military and retired police divi- sion. Cissell won the world cham- pionships super heavy weight division and the best lifter award by lifting 601 pounds. He best the second place competitor by over 120 pounds. ;i Denning received second place  divisions. Denning " 1 and  broke the world record for my division with 391 pounds. The record stood for about ten minutes and then was broken again by Kin (the first place competitor in the division) with a lift of 429 pounds. I knew something was up his sleeve. I tried to come back with 434 and got about half way. I got a good reaction from the crowd and then it went down." In competitive bench-press power-lifting competitions the lifter is surrounded by three judges who watch for form mistakes. If two out the three judges do not be- lieve the lifters form was correct the lift is disqualified. Cissell said his first lift of 585 pounds was a "smoke show" to intimidate other competitors and impress the crowd with an explo- sive lift. "I did it so fast the crowd was ecstatic," Cissell said. "Prior to lifting the competitors watch the previous lifter, this is known as be- ing "on deck." "When on deck, I visualize my- self doing it. I taught myself to vi- sualize before I lift," Cissell said. Unfortunately, Cissell's first lift was disqualified because of a tech- nicality in that his head moved. He made his second attempt of 601 pounds, Cissell said, "I took Steve's advice and kept my head still and focused .on my form and pressed easy." Cissell missed his Steve Denning, left and Tony Cissell both broke world records in the AAU power lifting competition in Las Vegas. third attempt of 623 pounds be- cause of technical difficulties when going down, he said, "my wrist twitched and my shoulder rolled. The weight went down." For the past five years Cissell and Denning have been training -together for competitive power lifting, specifically the bench press. "Cissell has made enormous HEJ LTH CLINIC First Tuesday of the month 1.:3o- 4:30 p.m. Two Harbors Baywatch Station Call 31o-51o-oo96 for appointments. Walk ins welcome. 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"Weight lifting and computers have a lot in com- mon," he said. "I studied program- ming and networking and you can only read a textbook so much, you have to do it, constant repetitive motion." Last year Cissell broke a Jr. Men's American record for. bench- pressing 512pounds in the United States Powerlifting Foundation open in Chatsworth, California. He said he was almost killed in a previous ' competition while lift- ing 585 pounds due to a slippery bench. "After that meet we gath- ered our bearings and laid out a plan to go back and redeem our- selves from the past performance in March," Cissell said. He mentioned the inspirations that led him to become a com- petitive powerlifter, "Originally I watched the world's strongest man competition, they world lift cars and stones. I thought, man that is so cool. I wanted to do that," he said. "t started lifting during foot- ball • season and enjoyed it more than playing football. Denning asked if I would actually like to compete and we dedicated our- selves to training. "Will I compete in the strong man championships, probably," he said. Cissell plans on competing in the Pro Amateur bench-pressing invitational this January at the LA Convention Center. "I remember when I first started lifting weights I couldn't do a push-up. Now I'm a world power lifting champion," he said P 4iFddayl Octo;ei 291 20"i0 .......................................................................................................................................................... ' ............................................................................................................................................. The CATAUNA ISLANDER