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 JEFF JACOBS.
A little about Jeff Jacobs
Jeff is a 6 time Wold Master champion. Jeff is still competing, even at 70 years young. How’s that for inspiration. Jeff has also recently retired as a substance abuse counselor. So now in retirement he can train even more.
Home City: Brooklyn, NY
Question and Answer time!!
USAPL-NY: What got you interested in Powerlifting?
Jeff Jacobs: I started exercising at JACK lALANE. I was stronger than most there and wanted to see just how strong I was and got into powerlifting. wasn’t sure at the time what powerlifting was.
USAPL-NY: Where was your first meet?
JJ: My first meet was at a Brooklyn YMCA in 1981.
USAPL-NY: What have you learned since that first meet?
JJ: I learned that I didn’t know what I was doing.
USAPL-NY: What goals do you have for the future?
JJ: My goals are to do 1 more meet, and maybe set a couple of records.
USAPL-NY: What is your favorite lift and why?
JJ: The deadlift. It’s generally my best lift and once I get to deadlifts in a meet I can relax a little having passed the other 2 lifts.
USAPL-NY: What is your least favorite lift and why?
JJ: My least favorite is the squat. I often have nerves at the start of a meet and have missed lifts on depth although I like to squat most in the gym.
USAPL-NY: Do you follow a specific training program? And if you do what is it?
JJ: Nothing specific in training. I like to always increase weight each training session till I get to a meet and hope my timing is right.
USAPL-NY: Do you lift as part of a team? Who are they and how did you become part of that group?
JJ: Years ago I was part of the Missing Link powerlifting team but no team at present.
USAPL-NY: What advice would you give any new lifter young or old?
JJ: My advice is to understand that there will be ups and downs in training. Push it when you can as a young lifter and back off as needed. Listen to your body be consistent. Older lifters understand that it takes longer to recover as you get older and gains get scarcer. Having a dependable training partner helps also.
USAPL-NY: Tell us something about you that others in the PL world don’t know about you?
JJ: I recently turned 70 and I look at every meet as my last. I’ve won World Masters 6x, and I would like to win one more. I’m planning on going to Nationals in May.
Jeff’s Final Thought
I used to be one of only a small number of powerlifters in the gym. These days I see everyone deadlifting. It’s nice to see powerlifting on the rise.