Blake Barrett

Blake Barrett

IPF Open Classic World Championship
2024 - 74kg - 10th
2022 - 74kg - 5th

IPF Junior Classic World Championship
2019 - 74kg - 5th

CPU Open Classic National Championship
2023 - 74kg - 4th

CPU Junior Classic National Championship
2020 - 74kg - 8th
2019 - 74kg - Gold
2018 - 74kg - 5th
2017 - 83kg - 11th

Best Lifts
Classic Squat - 267.5kg
Classic Bench Press - 170kg
Classic Deadlift - 307.5kg
Classic Total - 745kg

Biography
I am from Toronto, Ontario and I am currently in Law School in New York. Outside of training, I am an absolute hockey fanatic, and when I have time, I enjoy playing video games.

I have been powerlifting for almost 11 years, with my first competition being in November 2014. I got into lifting after a near life threatening illness which left me severely underweight and frail. I found lifting because I wanted to affect a change while getting bigger and stronger. I was doing general bodybuilding, but I really enjoyed squatting, benching, and deadlifting and subsequently found powerlifting.

Throughout my years as a powerlifter, I wasn’t “good.” Meaning, I never won any significant competition, often barely placing in the top 10 at various Provincial or National meets. 

However, In 2019, I began to hit a stride and I won CPU Nationals as a 74kg Junior which punched my ticket to IPF Worlds in Helsingborg, Sweden. There, I placed 5th and got Deadlift Gold. In 2021, I won the 74kg class at the NAPF Championships in Orlando. In 2022, I was selected to represent Canada again in the Open 74kg class, where I placed 5th.

Apart from my accolades, I believe my greatest personal accomplishment as an athlete is my sense of resilience. On two separate occasions, I was able to recover from a torn groin and able to come out on the other side a stronger and more mature athlete. 

What is your favourite lifting memory?
Winning Nationals in 2019.

What is one piece of advice you have for up and coming athletes getting into strength training or strength sport?
Appreciate the small victories, especially when training isn’t going well or you are injured.

What is your favourite lift or event?
Deadlift

What is your favourite product and why?
13mm Belt
I have been using it since early in my lifting career and it's the best belt I have ever used.

What 2 other items are your go to and why?
Powerlifting Knee Sleeves
Flexible Medium Wrist Wraps
I have been using both the wrist wraps and knee sleeves since 2013. They were among the first purchases I ever made. The knee sleeves are so durable, I still have my original pair of knee sleeves I bought in 2013.

What colourway is your favourite and why?
Phantom
It's clean.

Why do you believe SBD is the gear all athletes should use?
I find the belt gives the best support, the wrist wraps and Knee sleeves are very durable and secure.

Why do you believe in working with SBD Canada as a Sponsored Athlete?
I have been using SBD since I first started powerlifting. I have tried almost every other brand of wrist wraps, belts and many knee sleeves and SBD is by far my favourite.
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