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Flores dominates powerlifting meet, eyes national competition

Rodrigo Flores, 27, tries to dead lift 385 pounds but couldn't lock it out Sunday during the Old Town Hot Springs' fall powerlifting meet. Flores did finish with a 365-pound dead lift, and a three-lift total weight of 940 pounds to win the meet.
Ben Ingersoll

Old Town Hot Springs fall powerlifting meet results


1 Rodrigo Flores, 940 pounds

2 Rick Decker, 880 pounds

3 Dakota Thvedt, 635 pounds

4 Hayden Johnson 535 pounds


1 Courtnay Browne, 460 pounds

2 Mariah Decker, 345 pounds

— For as much strength 27-year-old Rodrigo Flores has built in the gym, you won’t find him there often.

During the past six months or so, Flores has turned his attention to the area of powerlifting competition, and his progress was more than evident Sunday morning at Old Town Hot Springs’ second power meet, the first held in the fall.

Flores compiled 940 pounds lifted in the meet, squatting 340 pounds, bench pressing 235 pounds and dead lifting 365 pounds. He edged out Rick Decker, 31, who had a three-lift total weight of 880 pounds. Standout Steamboat Springs High School wrestler Dakota Thvedt, who advanced to the state championship meet last season as a freshman, was third with a total weight of 635 pounds.

“Rodrigo is on a powerlifting program where actually the focus is not so much on the weights, it’s the recovery time,” Flores’ trainer Charlie Chase said. “You’ll see Rodrigo twice a week where it’s a high-intensity program. He goes super intense, but just not as frequent. That’s how he got really strong.”

In the women’s division, Courtnay Browne, 31, had a three-lift combined weight of 460 pounds, including a 225-pound dead lift. Runner up Mariah Decker, 31, had a total weight of 345 pounds.

Flores improved on his results from the rec center’s March meet by more than 100 pounds, and his performance Sunday was even more impressive considering what the powerlifter did just a few weeks ago.

Competing at the Colorado Regional National Athletes Strength Association in Loveland, Flores won the 148-pound Pure Division, a classification made up of athletes who never have used performance-enhancing drugs of any kind. His victory there qualified him for the upcoming National Athletes Strength Association national meet.

“To do back-to-back power meets two weeks apart is amazing,” Chase said. “Most people take a month off. He’s endurance conditioned.”

Still three years away from being 30, Chase said Flores’ best days are definitely ahead of him in the weight room.

And with some more training ahead of him, Chase said he likes his student’s chances at the national meet.

“He’s just super disciplined and he’s got it down to a science,” Chase said. “He could go into nationals and do extraordinarily well. He’s only 27. Most men really hit their peak strength somewhere in the 35 to 40 age range, so he’s going to just keep getting stronger.”

The future of the annual power meet could continue to grow, Old Town Hot Springs Fitness Director Marietta Roberts said. The next meet is slated for March 29 and could be a NASA points qualifier.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll.

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