The 'UK's strongest grandad' trains six days a week at 86 years old

Britain’s strongest grandad has an impressive track record – having once lifted a whopping 150kg.

Breaking the world weightlifting record, Brian Winslow, aged 86, has been bodybuilding for more than 60 years and trains six days a week in his home gym.

He lifted 75kg (165lb) on his first attempt at an international weightlifting contest, the 2023 British Drug Free Powerlifting Association (BDFPA) championships, breaking the record.

In his second lift he managed a incredible 77.5kg (171lb).

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Brian said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to have broken the record.

‘It’s always great to get a record or two. I was exhausted straight afterwards but was fine after a cup of tea and a good meal.’

He added that nine years ago he was able to lift 150kg in the gym.

The BDFPA confirmed Brian now holds the British and World Record in the 60kg category for male competitors aged 85 to 89 years.

The retired art teacher got into weightlifting when he worked as a beach attendant arranging deckchairs in south Devon in the 1950s.

‘I’d set myself a target to see how many lifts I could do on each arm and I was just hooked,’ he said.

‘I also wanted to look good for the ladies on the beach so I’d try and get my arms as big as possible. I had a few memorable summers.

‘After each competition I’m pretty drained so I have a few days off from training but I can’t bear to be away from the weights for that long.’

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These habits often start young it seems, as it was recently reported that a schoolboy in Britain is already deadlifting more than double his weight at the age of 10.

Rowan O’Malley, who weighs 8½ stone (54kg), can deadlift 115kg (253lbs) and squat lift 100kg (220lbs), and his deadlifts beat the US record of 111kg for his age category.

The schoolboy from Coventry has a protein-rich diet and eats 3,500 calories a day – for reference, boys are advised by the NHS to eat around 2,000. 

Most days he will have three portions of scrambled eggs in the morning and steak or fish for dinner. 

Currently too young for powerlifting competitions in the UK, his dad is going to take him to contents in the US later this year.

Rowan told The Sun: ‘I want to be the strongest man in the world. I love it. 

‘I’ve been in a gym most of my life.’

The rest of us can watch on while horizontal with a bag of crisps, I guess…

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