May 11th, 2021

Lifting champ not satisfied

By Sean Rooney on October 13, 2016.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Ally DeWolfe (left), Colin DeWolfe and Mike Moorehead pose at the Raw Powerlifting Federations world championships this past weekend in Erie, Penn.

For someone who just set two world records and won a bunch of hardware at a huge, international powerlifting event, Mike Moorehead does not sound like the right guy.

The 40-year-old from Medicine Hat is sick with a cold, unhappy with how his weekend went and generally grumpy. He feels he could’ve done better, and all anybody wants to do is tell him how great he is.

“I did OK,” said Moorehead. “I wouldn’t say I did well. I didn’t do what I expected to do.”

But Mike, you went to Erie, Penn. and dominated! At the Raw Powerlifting Federation World Championships you won your age group, took third in your weight class! A bench press record of 175.5 kilograms! You curled 72.5 kg for another Raw world record!

“Numbers I was hitting three weeks ago were a lot better,” said Moorehead. “But that’s the way it goes, traveling, being out of your element, not being able to eat or drink for two days to make weight. It caught up to me, my body decided to pick that day to not do as well as it should.”

Mike Moorehead: underachiever, world record holder.

Not everyone thinks so.

“He set really aggressive numbers for himself, so he was disappointed he didn’t live up to those numbers,” said Colin DeWolfe, his coach from Back Alley Fitness.

“I have my one trophy and I’m very proud of it and he had three trophies, three medals and a belt,” added Ally DeWolfe, Colin’s wife, who was fourth in her weight division. “I was like ‘you be happy about that and you smile!'”

It’s all in good fun of course. Moorehead will likely be back at a world championship next year, and don’t be surprised if he breaks some of his own records.

The Back Alley team was also to include last year’s breakthrough champion Lisa Gervais, but an injury kept the Raw record holder from competing. Ally wasn’t even going to go at first, until Gervais reminded her you don’t have to be breaking world records to compete.

“I was pretty happy overall,” she said. “Twelve girls in the division, I came fourth. Being in the top third, I was pretty happy with that.

“I’m going to go back and crush.”

The Raw organization prides itself on drug-free lifting, and is one of many international bodies that sanctions its own world records. It’s only been around since 1999, so it’s common to see records fall. Overall titles were based on a combination of squat, bench press and deadlift, but medals were also handed out in each discipline plus some others.

Moorehead lifted 230 kg in his squat and 240 kg in deadlift Sunday, while Ally’s 112.5 kg squad combined with a 72.5 kg bench press and 140 kg deadlift happened last Friday.

Asked which lift he was most proud of, Moorehead said it was the 72.5 kg curl.

How come?

“I didn’t even train for the curl going down there,” he said. “I did it for something to do.

“I’m more proud of that than anything just because I’m not happy with my numbers. It’s great what I came out of there with, but I had higher expectations of myself.”

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