Sy Perlis of Surprise set the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters record for bench press in the 90-and-over age division when he benched 187.2 pounds at the National Bench Push-Pull Press and Dead Lift Championships Saturday in Phoenix.
The association’s previous record of 135 pounds had stood since 2005.
Perlis took up weightlifting when he was 60 but didn’t enter his first championship competition until five years ago.
He says the sport gives him the opportunity to test himself. He says it both makes him feels good and is good for him.