Brandon Conley – The Road to Becoming a Bench Press Champ
Brandon Conley, a 28-year-old ABN Athlete and powerlifter, recently put on a world record performance at the Arnold Classic Europe in Barcelona, Spain on September 29th by completing 60 consecutive repetitions at 100kgs!
I caught up with Brandon to ask him about that day and how he got there, his road to becoming a bench press champion.
Born in small town Chillicothe, Ohio, Brandon Conley got his first weight set around the age of 12, and says he was able to bench press 160lbs even then. That was the start of his passion to lift, and through support of his friends and family, continued all the way until 2014 when he won his first nationals powerlifting meet that sent him on his way to West Palm Beach, Florida to compete in in the World Powerlifting Congress Worlds tournament where he placed third! Brandon saw continued success in powerlifting in 2016 he returned to the WPC Worlds and came in second place! Now in 2018, Brandon is setting world bench press records at one of the biggest sporting events of the year, the Arnold Classic Europe.
So what gives him the motivation? “My wife gives me tons of support. She’s always reminding me about my training, diet, and sleeping.” Brandon and his wife met in their hometown of Chillicothe and have been together for 12 years now. They have two children – their 4-year-old daughter Ella, and 11-month old boy named Brock. He also was excited to tell me they have another on the way, due in March of 2019. Brandon says his wife and kids are his biggest fans and supporters, their daughter Ella hasn’t missed a powerlifting meet of his. Outside of his family though Brandon says he has a really supportive group of guys he works out with regularly who motivate him to push through his workouts and help him achieve his goals, but also noted that his success in powerlifting and the bench press has been motivation for them as well.
I asked Brandon about the day of the world record attempt at the Arnold Europe Classic, and traveling outside of the US for the first time. “This was my first time I had ever been out of the country, it felt like I was in a completely different world.” Brandon admitted he was a bit nervous, but he felt confident he could get to 60 consecutive repetitions because of the rigorous training he had gone through to get to this point. Through testing his limits on the bench press with the amount of reps or total weight, his dieting – four thousand calories a day by the way! – sleeping the right amount, supplementing his diet with Active Body Nutritions protein shakes and pre-workout energy drinks which he has been using exclusively for the last year, Brandon had been preparing for this moment for months. With all the preparation, hard work, and support from his friends and family, Brandon was able to get 60 consecutive repetitions of 100kgs at the Arnold Classic, matching his 60 repetitions of 225lbs he completed at the Baltimore Fitness Expo earlier this summer.
I asked Brandon how he felt personally about the performance. “I’m happy with the 60. Honestly I thought I was going to do more, but I was feeling a bit tired from the jetlag.” Next time Brandon, next time you’ll set another record with 65 reps. At only 28 years old, with a huge support network of friends and family, and an intense workout and diet regimen, Brandon Conley will be setting records for a while longer.