"Powerlifting is a unique sport," La Bare said. "It's not neccessarily
an age thing. It takes a long time to build muscle. It takes a long time
to build up the tendons to make the lifts possible. Age seems to help you
in a certain way. I think it's an advantage. I hope I can do this until
At the World Championships, La Bare settled for an 822-pound squat. He
actually pumped 878, but failed to officially qualify because lifters are
required to complete the weightlift twice.
La Bare benched 578 pounds, a personal best, and grabbed 744 in the
dead lift. He competed in the 275-pound weight class facing a field of
12, which dwindled as weight increased. The competition began at 2:30
p.m. and ended at 2:30 a.m.
"It was almost like the last guy standing wins," La Bare said. "I
don't think (the length of the competition) affected me as much as it did
other people. I'm used to working long hours. I'm a dry wall contractor."
The second-place finish qualified La Bare for the Arnold Classic, a
powerlifting meet in Columbus, Ohio created by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Also, in June, La Bare took second in the Mountaineer Cup, a meet in
West Virginia where he won $2,000.
"There was no weight classes in that one," La Bare said. "Whoever was
the strongest just took the money. You have guys who weighed over 300
pounds. When you go to the meets for money, usually it's just the top
lifters that go."
"Would I say I'm one of the best?" La Bare asked. "I'm definitely one
of the top 10 in the world in my weight class."
His confidence, again, comes from his experience. Age is his biggest
muscle. For, with each passing day, La Bare builds more strength and
increases his passion for the sport.
"For me, to be the best is what drives me," La Bare said. "When
there's only one or two people better than you, you kind of get that
feeling that you're the best. It's just the challenge of being the best
at one particular thing. To see how far you can push it. To get at a
level that hardly anyone touches."
La Bare, who is originally from Huntington Beach, usually works out in
his friend Manuel Sanchez's garage in Fountain Valley. In November, La
Bare will compete in the WPO Finals in Miami.