Last updated: June 23. 2014 11:36PM - 1412 Views
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Jefferson Police Officer Zack Vogler has always had a passion for lifting weights, but the competitive spirit took over in him recently as he took part in a powerlifting competition at Platform Gym in Concord.

Vogler set an IBP National Bench Press record for police/fire/military personnel by benching 515 pounds. IBP, short for Iron Boy Powerlifting, holds several events across the nation and tests each weight lifter for steroid usage.

“I’ve been lifting weights for 15 years, but training for powerlifting started over the last year,” said Vogler.

Vogler’s training started with a trip to Mash Elite gym, owned by Travis Mash.

“Travis showed me how to do a powerlifting bench press and gave me a lot of training advice,” said Vogler.

In the powerlifting event, each lifter had three attempts. Vogler’s three attempts were 500, 515 and 530 pounds. Vogler was able to bench press 530 pounds, but the event judge ruled that a brief pause on the way up disqualified him on that weight.

Vogler will continue his hard work with training partner Greg Ashley and continue enjoying the great support he has received so far

“I have had tons of support from my wife, family and everyone at Little’s Health and Fitness. I would like to thank every one of them, said Vogler. “I want to thank the Lord for saving my life, without him I am nothing. He has blessed me with the strength I have and I want to use it to glorify him.”

Vogler’s next competition will be in October.

*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

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