A York health club boss has starred at the World Bench Press Championship.
Ben Gibson scored a fifth-place finish in his category at the championship in Sun City, South Africa.
He pressed an astonishing 220kg (34 stone 9lb) – now has an eye on the British record.
Ben’s journey to the World Bench Press Championship began in 2020 when he decided to start power lifting during lockdown increasing his weight every week.
He participated in smaller regional events until a remarkable victory at the British Bench Press Championship in March 2023, where his exceptional performance caught the attention of the national selectors.
His British win earned him the opportunity to represent his country on the global stage.
Ben, 26, joined the Bannatyne Health Club in York at the age of 16 as a member, and later secured a position at the health club’s front desk when 18.
Last year, he was made general manager of the York health club.
“Participating in the World Bench Press Championship has been a fantastic experience and I’m proud that the health club I manage has played such an important part in allowing me to reach such a high level,” Ben said.
“The support of colleagues and members has been amazing, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
“I’m now focused on breaking the British record of 245.5kg and I’m looking forward to continuing my training towards this throughout the year.”
Duncan Bannatyne, chief executive of the Bannatyne Group and former star of Dragons’ Den, said: “Hats off to Ben, its always brilliant to see what our team can achieve and Ben is a real inspiration to his members.
“I’m looking forward to hearing all about his record breaking endeavours!”
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