Bowen will follow up his March success with a lift at the Southwestern Regionals later this month, sanctioned by NASA. He has already received an invitation to the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL) World Championships, which will be held in November at Reno, Nev.
Similar to boxing, powerlifting has its myriad of federations, which has its degree of competition in and of itself.
“I’m not really interested in the politics of one federation versus another, that can sort of remind you of squabbling kids in a sandlot baseball game, Bowen said. “If there is a meet close to me, I’ll go lift. If it’s a place I haven’t tried before, I will go check it out.
“My mainstays are usually NASA and the WABDL, but they are certainly not the only sanctioned meets I have been to.”
Some of the paramedic’s preferences about the sport reach a deeper, more personal level, as well.
The equipment lifters wear has changed dramatically in the sport, moving from the function of support to help avoid injury, to actually enhancing the lifter’s ability to lift weights beyond ‘natural strength’ capabilities. And though Bowen has used, and plans to use a specially design “shirt” in upcoming meets, he professes he is much more impressed with the accomplishments achieved in “raw lifting.”
“I chose early on never to do steroids and I know it is going to pay off for me in longevity,” he said. “Some of the equipment they are using today has a similar result. I’m just more impressed when I see a lifter’s total pounds and I know it has been a ‘raw lift.’
“I guess I’m becoming more of a purist in that sense.”
Most of Bowen’s success has come on the heels of his own disciplines. Due to the volatile schedule of his vocation, Bowen has not lifted in a ‘team’ environment and has, for the most part, ‘soloed’ in his workout regimen.