Local lifter breaks national record

Published 8:45 am Thursday, July 23, 2009

By Staff
Sue Nesbitt, 57, of Washington, came back with a national record and gold medal from USA Powerlifting’s 2009 Deadlift Nationals in Miami on July 12.
Nesbitt, who weighed in at 137.8 pounds, deadlifted 248 pounds to establish a new national record for women in the 148.75 pound weight class and 50 to 59 age group. 
For her record-breaking lift, Nesbitt also earned the Champion of Champions trophy among women competing in deadlifts.
In the deadlift, the loaded bar is positioned horizontally at the lifter’s feet. The lift begins once the lifter starts to pull from the floor and is considered complete once the lifter is standing erect with shoulders straight and knees and hips locked. Once the head referee gives the “down” command and signal, the lifter must return the bar back to the floor under control.
Nesbitt is a regular lifter at Fitness Unlimited. Her meet preparation peaking cycle was designed and managed by her husband John, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and owner of Strength Horizons in Plymouth.