Powerlifting is a sport comprised of a test of strength in three lifts; the squat, bench and deadlift. Cpl Kris Fischer squatted a weight of 272.5 kg, benched 165 kg and deadlifted 260 kg for a total of 697.5 kg. Although none were personal bests, they were still good enough for him to place 5th in his weight and age category, being the 105kg Mens Open, Classic Powerlifting. (Submitted photos)
3 RCR soldier places 5th at 2016 Canadian Powerlifting Nationals
By: Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2016
Corporal Kris Fisher can deadlift over 600 pounds, and more amazing still, he placed fifth at the Canadian Powerlifting Nationals in March in Saskatchewan while suffering a high fever and strep throat.
He is confident he will do better next time.
The 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR) member has been training for the past six years. He was introduced to the sport by a friend, and was quickly hooked. He dedicated himself to his fitness goals, toning his muscles to lift as much as possible. He started competing as soon as he felt confident. “It is not easy,” said Cpl Fisher. “There is a lot to a competition to think about. There are rules and if you’ve never done one, it can be kind of hectic.”
It was made easier with his wife’s support. She made sure that he ate right, encouraged him when he was feeling low, took care of their two children when he needed time at the gym and was just an overall bright light in his training regiment. “Even if we are busy at work, she lets me work out later,” said Cpl Fisher. “She’s always trying to help me find the time to go work out.”
The 26-year-old also counts himself lucky to have his Chain of Command’s support. For the most part, they have allowed him to do his physical training on his own. They also respect his need for time off to compete. He believes he has garnered this support because he still puts his job first, and always meets the necessary standards. It’s a great boon, he said, as it is very difficult to balance competitive powerlifting, having a family and being a soldier. He has gone for months without training because of field exercises and deployments.
But he has still managed to thrive. His best squat is just over 600 pounds, his best bench is 385 pounds, and his deadlift is also over 600 pounds. These numbers may not yet qualify him at the international level, but are nevertheless impressive. “I think it’s good when having to balance (lifting) with being in the military, especially at that one nationals I did, I was away for nearly six months straight and I hadn’t had the opportunity to lift during that time,” said Cpl Fisher.
His ultimate goal is to deadlift and squat 800 pounds and bench 500 pounds before he is 30. He loves the fact that his hard work translates into concrete numbers, allowing him to gauge just how much progress he is making. “You are always going to see a reward in some way in one of your lifts,” said Cpl Fisher. “The competitions themselves ... are just awesome.”
The powerlifting community is a tight knit one. They are supportive of each other, sharing tips and tricks without hesitation. Some of Cpl Fisher’s closest friends are some of his closest rivals. They help each other out even on competition days. “I’ve had people I’ve competed with and their coaches help me,” said Cpl Fisher. He also dreams of competing at an international event. This will require him to come in first at the national level.
Garrison Petawawa Personnel Support Programs (PSP) is helping him reach that goal by funding most of his trips to national competition. He has impressed them with his dedication, ability to work independently and desire to compete. As such, they are happy to help him on his fitness journey. “Many people think about things, but to put them into action and the work to do it and the drive that Kris has to do it is incredible,” said Rebecca Olstad Military Sports Coordinator.