Tyler Cox wins national youth weightlifting championship

SALEM – In the Cox household, the kettlebell is in no way inferior to the bench press.

Belinda Cox and Chris Cox both set Guinness World Records for feats of strength during the pandemic – goals they set to keep from going crazy in a time of lockdowns and uncertainty.

Belinda did 775 chest-to-floor burpees in one hour – the most of any woman in the world (as of March 2021).

Chris set three world records. In May 2021, he completed 202 Turkish get-ups in one hour with a 24.1 kg kettlebell for a total weight of 4,868.2 kg or 10,710 pounds.

In November of the same year, he lifted the greatest weight of an Atlas stone in one hour, with a total weight of 17,463 kg or 38,500 pounds.

And in January 2022, he set the record for the heaviest Turkish Get-Up in a single rep by lifting 76.56 kg, or 168 pounds and 8 ounces.

In this attempt he not only set the record but also founded the category.

And now her 13-year-old son Tyler has won the U13 category at the US National Youth Weightlifting Championships, which, while not a world record, is certainly a personal best.

His parents converted their garage into a gym with all the trimmings.

So Tyler has been exposed to their training and equipment for almost his entire life.

He also occasionally accompanied his mother to her weightlifting training at the Maximus Barbell Club.

“I met my mother’s coach (Roland Chretien) and that’s how it all started,” he said in an interview in his home gym.

In November 2022 he started training seriously.

“There are many technical things that you simply can’t learn without someone who knows about them,” he said.

Proper posture and movements not only protect a weightlifter’s body from injury, but also allow him to increase the weight and number of exercises.

All of this was good training. And he saw progress. But competitions were not on his agenda at first.

“I kind of slipped into it,” he said.

In Canada, the youngest weightlifting category is 17 and under, so Tyler has had to compete against 16 and 17 year olds every time he competes here, which is daunting when you’re only 13.

However, in the US, there is a weightlifting category for under 13s. In fact, there is also a category for under 11s.

So on June 15, he headed to Pittsburgh for the U.S. U13 Youth Weightlifting Championships.

Canadians are allowed to compete in the American competitions, but cannot win medals. Tyler was pretty excited to compete against kids his own age.

And he beat all his competitors by lifting 58 kg in the snatch and 69 kg in the clean and jerk, for a total performance of 127 kg.

But as a Canadian, he had to leave the hardware behind.

During the snatch, the bar is lifted from the ground over the head in one movement.

The snatch and clean is a two-step movement – ​​the bar is first brought up to the shoulders and then snatched over the head.

“It was exciting to be there, but also nerve-wracking,” Tyler said, noting that 192 participants from across the United States attended the meeting.

“The guy we needed to beat didn’t show up, so we just competed against each other.”

“He has achieved a personal best in every competition,” said a beaming Chris Cox. “He is still on the right track.”

Tyler attends Elora Public School and, in addition to weightlifting twice a week, plays football, basketball and wrestling.

“It’s just a hobby. I don’t plan on setting a world record,” he said.

However, with respect for the family, such things can never be ruled out.