Even though he missed 700, it isn't far now before he does it in competition. I decided to do an interview with him after the Bench America contest and for you powerlifters out there to get to know him better. He has a website at: http://groups.aol.com/_cqr/powerfreaks, where he posts his pictures. You can also contact him by email at: email@example.com. Enjoy the interview and there are more interviews to come from competitiors of Bench America.
Curtis Dennis: Thanks for a chance to interview you, Bill. Please give the readers a description of yourself?
Bill Carpenter: Well I am 5'10" 240 lb. I am a Fitness Director at John Deere and a Personal Trainer. I am married to a beautiful girl named Molly for 7 years now. I have two awesome kids. Kayla who is 11 and Billy who is 3. I live in a small city Dubuque, Iowa.
CD: How long have you been into power lifting?
BC: I started competing in the bench when I was around 16 years old. So I would say around 14 years now.
CD: Have you always been strong?
BC: I started lifting when I was 10 years old. I would always read Muscle and Fitness mag, Power lifting USA mag. I wanted to be a BB when I was a kid. I looked up to Arnold. As I got older, I realized how much stronger I was then kids my age on different lifts, Especially the bench.
CD: Tell us about your childhood and how you got into power lifting?
BC: I didn't have a great child hood. My mom and dad got a divorce when I was 4. My mom was not around a lot. An her family didn't treat us very good either. So my older brother and me kind of raised ourselves. Being that we didn't have a dad around to stick up for us. I wanted to be big and strong, kind of sad, but we fought a lot when we were kids and lifting weights was a way to get bigger and stronger than the other kids!! Plus I thought it was cool how Arnold looked and he would kick everybody's ass! LOL! He never lost! LOL!
CD: Name some of your other feats of strength?
BC: My best lift at 220 lb. Class is 630. I have won 3 national and 3 world titles. An several best lifter awards! Bench America was the top of the list though. Beating the best from different federations is icing on the cake!
CD: How do you think you stack up against other power lifters in the sport?
CD: Do you believe with the arrival of professional power lifting, that power lifting is moving in the right direciton?
BC: Yes, personally I could care less about the Olympics! I think Pro is the way to go. I feel the pro meets are more entertaining to the public and bring more interest to be on TV. The WPO puts on some good shows and money! It is not cheap traveling all over the place to compete. We need to start getting sponsors for the lifters. An the more people who watch lifting on TV are going to help bring the big sponsors in!
CD: What did you think about competing in the Bench America contest?
BC: I loved competing in it. I like how the lifters got to vote on the rules. An the rules were enforced. I have been to other meets and they do not enforce the shirt rule. Bench America did! I think this helped me a lot, because I have always competed in a double denim shirt. An I proved my self at a high caliber meet like BA with a PR of 680 at a bwt of 639. An winning the best heavy weight lifter award was awesome. I love giving Scot Mendelson shit! I think I beat him for best lifter now like 4 times! You will have to ask him!
CD: Do you think the Bench America has changed the sport?
BC: Yes, it was awesome. The introduction made me almost cry it was that awesome! You don't understand how much benching means to me. Then to get a chance to beat the best at my weight class! That is all I have ever wanted! The show and the crowd were great! It has definitely changed the sport! I have heard nothing but cool things after people in my city seen the meet on Fox Sports Net. That means there is interest there. So they are going to want to film more meets and play them on TV!
CD: I've always preach about having training partners. Do you have any training partners?
BC: Yes, I have awesome training partners. I have 4 guys that are constantly there on my heavy Bench Days. Helping with lift offs and boards! Great support too! Their Awesome! After BA, I had a big party and bought them all steaks, potatoes and alcohol!
CD: Who did you look up to when you were coming up as a power lifter?
BC: Kind of Ted Arcidi, mostly guys at the local Y. Our Y is awesome it is like a dungeon full of power lifters. When I was Kid I would be like holy shit these guys are strong! Big influence on me. Kind of cool, because they all support me now in my lifting!
CD: What was one of the challenges of coming up as a power lifter?
BC: To be the best. I don't like being second to no one. If you settle for second then why even compete! Winning is everything. And I will train till I am the best and keep proving it time and time again!
CD: Tell us about your training and how you prepare for competitions?
BC: I train very heavy. I use a lot of board presses raw and with a shirt. When I prepare for a meet, I gradually take away boards each week till the week out I use no boards. This training has worked for me for a long time.
CD: Does your training differ from in-season to off-season?
BC: I train like a BB on my off-season to strengthen my joints!!
CD: What supplements do you take?
CD: What do you think of power lifters today? Any that stick out in your mind?
BC: I think todays power lifters are pretty cool guys. I went to BA not knowing what these other guys from different feds were going to be like. When I met a lot of them. They were cool as hell, and very supportive of the other lifters. Good people!
CD: What would you say to a novice lifter or to a lifter whose just starting out in power lifting?
BC: Don't give up. Strength will come with proper training and eating! Get advice from top lifters not guys that don't compete and obviously don't know what they are talking about! Stay Positive!
CD: What do you think of the sport of power lifting and its lifters in general?
BC: I love the sport of power lifting and even support my competition, but I think there is too much bickering between federations. I think a lot of federations are getting jealous of other ones making the limelight. So they cut down the president and the lifters to make them selves feel better! I never understood this. But basically it is jealousy! There are great guys in power lifting, but there is also some serious a-hole jealous ones too!
CD: Does physical strength run in your family?
BC: Yes, my dad was pretty built. Was an all-state wrestler only lost once in his wrestling career. My brother played football and other sports, my uncles were all wrestlers and pretty big guys.
CD: What would you suggest to someone on how to getting stronger?
BC: Find someone who knows what there talking about. Have them write you up a routine for strength. Eat right, take supplements and you are on the right path to getting stronger!
CD: What's next for you?
BC: Bench Bash for Cash. I will break Kenny Patterson's WPO 242 record 701. I know that sounds arrogant, but I am telling you my training is going good and I will break it!
CD: Is there anything else you like to mention to our readers here at Bodybuilding.com?
BC: Get out and support power lifting go to local and big meets. Lets get power lifting on TV all the time! Power lifting is coming out of the dungeons and into the mainstream of things. And it is about time!
CD: Thank you for taking the time to do this interview.
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