Age Isn't Stopping World Champion Weight Lifter

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By Nick Hausen

MARION -- A Marion man has been weight lifting for more than three decades and he has quite a list of accomplishments. From six world records to a string of state record, and recently, he added another accomplishment to his repertoire all at an age when most people are slowing down.

Ivan Zwick traveled to Newcastle, England in April where he bench pressed 242 pounds winning the International Powerlifting Federation world championship. You wouldn't know it by looking at him, but he's 74 years old and competed against thirty other competitors 70 and over. This isn't anything new to Zwick.

"I have a very competitive spirit and I want to repeat," said Zwick. "I think age is just a number. I don't know how you're supposed to feel when you're 74 but I feel just like I did 20 years ago."

After spending most of his twenties and thirties not lifting weights, Zwick picked the activity back up at the age of 40. He's been pumping iron ever since and shows no signs of giving it up anytime soon.

"As long as I'm competitive, I'm going to keep competing. I'll never quit working out. When I'm not, I'll be at the gym working out for my health," explained Zwick.

He takes his health very seriously eating one gram of protein for every pound of body weight per day. Healthy eating is something he says everyone should consider.

"A lot of it is will power, and in the case of the kids, you know a lot of it is I guess their parents are a big factor in what they eat," said Zwick. "So, you don't have to be obese. I probably weigh within five pounds of what I did when I graduated high school."

Staying in shape and eating healthy has likely played a key role in fending off health problems. Zwick isn't on any prescription drugs and is already training for his next competition set for August in San Antonio, Texas. There, he'll be vying for the chance to go back to the world championship again in 2015..
 

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