Personal bests cut above own global records
JACK Milne Childs' world records at the recent national powerlifting titles weren't even personal bests.
His PB for bench is 115kg, 175kg for squat and 210kg dead lift.
But the competition format isn't geared for PBs, especially for first-time competitors like Milne Childs and schoolmate Josh Sheridan.
"You have to wait for your lift and the judges are really hard to satisfy," Milne Childs said.
That means squatting until back sides are almost touching the ground. But that's not half of it.
"On the day you're called up with a whole bunch of competitors," Milne Childs explained. "You do your lift, then go out the back and you have to wait.
"The nerves are horrible. When you go out, you are on this little stage in front of heaps of people."
Then there is the intimidation from other competitors trying to psych themselves up.
"Other guys are sniffing smelling salts and yelling," Milne Childs said.
"You think they're psychos going out there.
"One went out and head-butted the squat bar before lifting it."
It is not the style of the Central Coast duo.
Milne Childs prefers to listen to music to get in the zone while Sheridan has his own unique method.
"I flex every muscle as hard as I can and get real angry," he said.
Then there is the natural adrenaline boost competitors get when they go out to compete.
"You go down and all the crowd are screaming at you in your ear," Milne Childs said. "It motivates you."