Weightlifter he/him Craig Tomkinson
Craig completed a powerlifting challenge in December 2022, where he lifted over five tonnes of weight across two and a half hours.
I turned 40 this year, and wanted to do something to challenge myself.
The work YoungMinds do is so important. Particularly now, when everyone is facing the long-term effects of the pandemic.
I did a powerlifting challenge on 3 December 2022. The challenge was to lift 1,000lb across three lifts: squat, bench press and deadlift. In the end, I lifted 1,025lb, but across the whole event (around two and a half hours) including warm-up sets, I had to lift over five tonnes of weight!
I had my family there to watch and support me, it felt very special.
I’m nothing special… a dad of four and husband of one who adds numbers up for a living.
I live for my wife and kids, and trying to be the best I can be.
I’m very private, so doing something like this so openly was very unusual for me.
I want to do what I can to help, and supporting a charity like YoungMinds, who tackle issues with young people before their issues become crises, seemed to me like the best way.
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