December 2016 Featured Lifter

USAPL-NY would like to spotlight some of the stand-outs in the state. We will feature a new lifter each month, and ask them some random questions to get some insight into what makes them tick…..

This month’s featured lifter is FRANK PANARO.

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A little about Frank Panaro

I started lifting at 11, when 2 friends introduced me to Olympic lifting in their back yard. Started buying Strength and Health Magazine to find out how to do it correctly and what training methods were the best. I was a follower of Bob Hoffman owner of the York Barbell Club in York Pennsylvania. At 14 I entered my first Olympic Lifting meet in Queens New York at the Lost Battalion Hall off Queens Blvd. I traveled alone on the bus to the Port Authority bus terminal and took a cab to Queens. At this first contest I pressed 200, Snatched 190 and Cleaned and Jerked 250 and took 3rd place. I trained for another 3 years at Olympic lifting and started to hear about power lifting in the magazine Muscular Development. I found a meet at the Poughkeepsie YMCA and which at that time was unsanctioned I squatted 425, benched 265 and Dead lifted 500, and took 3rd place out of 3 competitors. This sparked my
enthusiasm for competition and training. I ran my first powerlifting competition @ 19 and it was sanctioned by AAU. This was the first of many meets that I ran in New York sanctioned and non sanctioned.
I was one of the first to run an all raw competition with drug testing for all competitors. The drug test at that time was a polygraph test.
I competed in over 100 meets in my career and enjoyed all of them
because of all the great people I met.

My national career did not start until I was a Master Lifter. In 2005 I took 2nd in the USAPL Masters Nationals equipped and then won in 2007 due to the support of the Albany Strength coaching staff. In 2011 was my first win in the Masters Raw national and then again in 2015 which allowed me to be invited to 2016 IPF World Classic and was fortunate enough to win.

Home City: Walden, NY

Question and Answer time!!

USAPL-NY: What got you interested in Powerlifting?

Frank Panaro: I think it was because my Olympic Lifting skills were not at the level they needed to be, to excel in that sport and my basic strength was still growing.

USAPL-NY: Where was your first meet?

FP:  It was an unsanctioned meet in Poughkeepsie New York.


USAPL-NY: What have you learned since that first meet?

FP: Don’t take yourself to seriously and enjoy the people around
you and learn from them.


USAPL-NY: What goals do you have for the future?

FP: To stay healthy and break as many records as I can.


USAPL-NY: What is your favorite lift and why?

FP: The Dead lift because it has pulled me out of many a losing situation.


USAPL-NYWhat is your least favorite lift and why?

FP: The Bench Press because it feels very unnatural to me.


USAPL-NYDo you follow a specific training program? And if you do what is it? 

FP: I try different programs all the time but some are not for me at this point in life my so I modify and make them fit my situation.


USAPL-NY: Do you lift as part of a team? Who are they and how did you become part of that group?

FP: I lift with many groups of lifters but not in a formal team.


USAPL-NY: What advice would you give any new lifter young or old?

FP: Practice form until its second nature and don’t deviate from
that form no matter how heavy you lift.


USAPL-NY: Tell us something about you that others in the PL world don’t know about you?

FP: I try to do cardio at least 3 times a week, helps keep my
weight down.

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