Benjamin Yu

Benjamin Yu

IPF Open Classic World Championship
2023 - 59kg - 14th
2022 - 59kg - 5th
2019 - 59kg - 7th

IPF Open Classic Bench Press World Championship
2024 - 59kg - 6th

CPU Open Classic National Championship
2023 - 59kg - Gold
2020 - 59kg - Gold
2019 - 59kg - Gold

Best Lifts
Classic Squat - 180kg
Classic Bench Press - 137.5kg
Classic Deadlift - 210kg
Classic Total - 524kg

Biography
Initially, I was drawn to powerlifting with the aim of conditioning my body while still indulging in the delicious foods I love. My focus on the sport has always been on challenging my body and mind rather than chasing accolades.

Along the journey, I've broken several personal records while having clinched two titles in regional competitions and three national titles. I secured a silver medal in the Bench Press Event at the 2022 World Championship in Sun City, South Africa.

My initial training ground was a local gym, where the clang of weights and the camaraderie pushed me to new heights. Since 2020, I have been building my own home gym, steadily expanding my collection of weights and equipment.

I've been fortunate to cross paths with incredible mentors, and their unwavering support and guidance have left a lasting impact. In particular, Coach Garrett Bentley plays a pivotal role in my journey, continuously refining my technique and helping me strategize for success on the platform. I'm genuinely grateful for the collective wisdom and individualized coaching that shape my progress.

My journey is one of dedication, perseverance, and a genuine love for the strength game. I hope my story can continue to inspire others in their own pursuits.

What is your favourite lifting memory?
One of my fondest memories is from the National 2020 event in Winnipeg. We rented a house together, fostering a supportive atmosphere where everyone encouraged and uplifted one another. It was a fantastic experience, filled with camaraderie and joy, making it a truly memorable time for all of us.

What is one piece of advice you have for up and coming athletes getting into strength training or strength sport?
My advice would be trust the progress, believe in your coach and stay consistent.

What is your favourite lift or event?
My favorite lift has to be Bench Press

What is your favourite product and why?
Singlet
All you need is an SBD Singlet, guaranteed to enhance your presence on the platform and make you look fantastic

What 3 other items are your go to and why?
Powerlifting Knee Sleeves
Flexible Large Wrist Wraps
13mm Belt
The SBD 13mm belt, knee sleeves, and wrist wraps are go-to items for powerlifters due to their exceptional quality and support. SBD is renowned for producing top-tier powerlifting gear, known for its durability and performance. The lifting belt provides crucial lumbar support, knee sleeves offer joint stability, and wrist wraps ensure optimal wrist positioning during heavy lifts. Trusting in SBD products is a choice for powerlifters seeking reliability and excellence in their equipment.

What colourway is your favourite and why?
Storm
I was captivated by the Storm collection, drawn to the elegant combination of grey and blue hues. Plus, my cat's got this silver-shaded coat that just vibes perfectly with the colors in the Storm collection.

Why do you believe SBD is the gear all athletes should use?
SBD is the ultimate choice for athletes, offering top-notch gear that combines quality and performance. From lifting belts to knee sleeves and wrist wraps, SBD provides unmatched support for intense workouts, ensuring durability and reliability. With a focus on meticulous craftsmanship and values like strength, belief, and determination, SBD stands as the trusted brand for athletes pursuing excellence.

Why do you believe in working with SBD Canada as a Sponsored Athlete?
I believe in partnering with SBD Canada as a sponsored athlete because their top-tier gear aligns perfectly with my commitment to pushing boundaries in my sport. Their emphasis on quality and shared values of strength and determination make it an ideal collaboration for achieving success in competitive sports.
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