May 2017 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 STEVEN GASSERT.

My name is Steven Gassert I reside in Deer Park N.Y. I am 16 yrs old and currently a Junior in Deer Park High School. Winner of the Gold medal at the IPF Classic World Benchpress in Killeen TX in the 66kg class. Also a participant at the ARNOLD SSP Nutrition Raw Bench Press (297lbs) at 140lbs. I currently hold 2 World records for sub jr. benchpress in the NAPF. 10 American records and 30 New York state records. I was born with down syndrome and have overcome many hurdles to get where I am today. My older brother Robert is my coach and has spent countless hours working on commands and technique and strength training with me so I could compete on a level playing field and become one of the best.

A little about Steven Gassert

Home City: Deer Park, NY

Question and Answer time!!

USAPL-NY: What got you interested in Powerlifting?

Steven Gassert: My older brother was a powerlifter and I always wanted to be like him, and when I turned 14 he started bringing me to the gym ProFit in Deer Park NY.

USAPL-NY: Where was your first meet?

SG: It was Sept 2015 at the South Brooklyn Weightlifting Club in Brooklyn N.Y. It was a great experience. I met a lot of nice people (Paulie and Becca Steinman, Eliot Feldman and of course GENO.)


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

SG: Perfection takes time. Slow and steady does win the race. You truly can overcome almost anything.


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

SG: To win the IPF World Men’s Classic championship.


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

SG: I love the Bench press. I love doing push ups and Dips and that helps the bench press go a little easier.


USAPL-NYWhat is your least favorite lift and why?

SG: Deadlifts!!  It always makes my back sore.


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

SG: I am either in the gym or train at home at least 5 times a week.their is no specific training program at this time. however, a friend of mine (Sean Noriega) will be training me on the Deadlift.


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

SG: I am currently not part of a team.


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

SG: Believe in yourself, Train hard because hard work pays off. Join a drug tested federation (USAPL) and have fun.


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

SG: That I have a disability (down syndrome) Not an inability. I work hard and my brother Robert has worked with me for many hours to correct my stance, listen for commands and to strengthen my body. I would also like to thank my family, school, and community for all their support..

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