Powerlifter aims for new heights

Eben Booyens sets sights on national records


He might come across a soft-spoken at first. However, put him in the gym or a competitive environment and you will see an entirely different Eben Booyens being unleashed.
With his current, unequipped one rep max weights on the main compound lifts, outside of competition sitting at 200kg (bench), 200kg (squat) and 245 (deadlift), Booyens hopes to improve those numbers going forward.
Booyens 35, is quietly confident he can put up a decent showing when he competes at the 2019 SA Equipped and Unequipped Bench Press Championships scheduled for the Bay on February 23.
He is coming off the back of a scintillating performance two weeks ago at the Edge Fitness Club Bench Press Competition where he pressed an unofficial provincial record of 200kg.
Booyens now moves into his final two weeks of preparation looking to hit similar numbers and possibly improve that number at nationals.
Speaking to Weekend Post at Edge Fitness Club in Walmer on Thursday afternoon, Booyens said: “For the SA bench press championships, it will be slightly difficult as I have to weigh in twice on the day, once for the unequipped competition, then again later in the day for the equipped competition...

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