'Louisiana Legends': BR powerlifter makes new team to bring LA lifters together
POSTED: Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 1:04pm
UPDATED: Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 1:05pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A local world champion powerlifter wants to make his mark, and he wants to make it right here at home. So, he formed his own team in hopes to make Louisiana a "powerlifting powerhouse."
"I'm really hoping to make it so that powerlifting is one of the major sports in Louisiana, just like wrestling, just like football, basketball and baseball," said Garrett Bailey.
Garrett "Bottesy" Bailey is no stranger to lifting heavy weights. He is a world champion powerlifter.
"I placed first. I won World's. I beat everybody by about 37.5 kilos," Bailey explained.
But now, since he is about to graduate LSU this December, the former LSU powerlifter wanted to make sure he still had a team.
"I saw that Louisiana lifters don't really train together besides collegiate lifters, you know, so ULL, LA Tech, and LSU," Bailey said.
So in April, he created his own.
"I thought, maybe we should name the team 'Louisiana Legends' because I'm trying to be a legend, let's make the whole team legends," Bailey said.
Bailey then reached to other Louisiana powerlifters to try to get something started.
"The first person to respond was Taylor Nox, and he said, he knows a few guys that want to lift," Bailey said.
"Garrett basically formed this team, and he was just looking for some serious lifters to go and lift at Raw Nationals," Nox said. "I just felt like it was a great opportunity."
Now, they have more than 30 people on their team.
"A lot of people that are going to be joining in the next few months and over the next year. So I think it's really going to expand very well," Nox said.
Bailey said powerlifting costs a lot of money, especially if you want to go far.
"We also want to get some more sponsors," Bailey explained. "So that we can get to the point so we can help lifters that are actually pretty good go to world competitions and lessen the expenses."
Unlike Bailey and Nox, Jeffery Sylvester is new to the powerlifting scene.
"Bottesy has trained me to where I can pace myself and become a better lifter," Sylvester said.
Sylvester said, in his short time as a lifter, he has learned a few things.
"Truthfully, stop whining, get in the gym, and see what you can do," Sylvester said.
If you want to learn more about how Louisiana Legends you can email Bailey here.