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Ex-Goddard football player finds passion in powerlifting

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Brady Dearing, a junior at Goddard, won the Power Lifting championship. (Submitted Photo)

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Brady Dearing played football for Goddard until he discovered his passion for powerlifting. Dearing noticed his strength in football and thought he could improve, Dearing was turned on to the sport by former Rocket teammate Ethan Featherstone. Dearing looked up to senior Featherstone because he was a tireless lifter in the weightroom and hard worker on the football field.

Dearing was a freshman at the time he met Featherstone’s lifting coach Marissa Moreno, (Moreno is an assistant volleyball coach at Goddard) and trained with them for a year. Under Moreno, Dearing saw his squat lift improve from 335 to 385 in less than a month.

“Honesty, once I got into powerlifting, it consumed me,” Dearing said, “that’s all I wanted to do. I don’t miss football.”

On Dec. 3 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dearing won the United States Powerlifting Association Organization contest, placing first while setting four New Mexico state records in his age and weight class. The age class he competed in was 16 and 17-year-olds. The weight class was 220 pounds. During the competition, he weighed 210 pounds. Dearing set four state records: He squatted 455 pounds, bench pressed 250 pounds, and deadlift 496 pounds. His combined total lifts produced another record of 1,226 pounds.

Dearing was able to stay focused during the meet, based on the advice his coach Eric Ironsoul gave him.

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“The only person who knows how hard you trained for this is you,” Ironsoul said. “If you’re going to go out there and bomb a lift, that’s on you. You trained for this, so go out there and give it your all and do your best.”

Brady feels like he has come a long way since his first competition at the Sally Port Inn. In that competition, he took first place in his weight class of 220. He squatted 381 pounds, benchpressed 220 pounds and deadlifted 402 pounds.

Brady wanted to do powerlifting because of the strength required as opposed to bodybuilding. In bodybuilding, a lot of lifters train to cut up and look good. What attracted him to the sport of powerlifting was he could focus on the three major lifts for strength: bench, deadlift, and squat.

Dearing’s coach wants him to get ready for World’s which is in Moscow in November 2018. To do that he must pick up 40 pounds on his squat and 20 more pounds on his bench.

For each competition, Dearing’s training cycle is 12-16 weeks. The hardest thing he fights during training is getting his meals in and fatigue and taking enough time to recover. Dearing says that he can eat five minutes before he works out, but normally eats an hour before he lifts. His meals consist of chicken and rice. During training, he measures his chicken to 2 ounces and rice to two servings.

One of his biggest concerns is stretching before he starts to lift. He will often stretch for an hour to make sure he doesn’t injure himself or tear a muscle. Dearing will concentrate on stretching his hamstrings and hips because those are the tightest areas of his body. A gym rat he will spend three hours, in the gym once he is competing.

He is on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday schedule. Rest is the key for him.

Mondays are a squat day for him, he will slowly warm up to the bar and then add weight. He will do a heavy set and then a 90 percent set and then a 70 percent set, and do a three-by-three lift.

Wednesday will be bench, and he will do the same workout as above. On Friday, it will be deadlifts with the same format. On Sunday will be a speed bench where he will work on being explosive and fast.

One week from competition, he will work on peak, which means he will lift heavier and heavier and try to hit his old maximum weight, and feels they should be easier for him to hit because of all the training he has put in.

“My drive is such that I don’t want to take a day off from training,” Dearing said. “I’ve never gone to the gym and been like I don’t want to be here. Coach White did me a favor in helping me find my passion in powerlifting.”

The week of the competition, he will do a de-load (means to take the weight down) and lift very light weight and work on form, doing three-to-six repetitions.

“I think powerlifting is more on yourself,” Dearing said. “I can remember on a team, there would be guys who weren’t trying as hard as anyone else. When I lift, I know that when I mess up, it isn’t on anyone else, it’s on me. I like that.”

Dearing wants to do powerlifting for a living.