December 2011 - Colin Evans
- Please introduce yourself. Who are you? How old are you? Where are you from? What are your hobbies (other than powerlifting)? Please give the readers an idea of what it’s like to be you.
My name is Colin Evans, I’m 24, and I’m from Fayetteville GA. I’m a high school wrestling coach for McIntosh High and also an amateur race car driver. My life is pretty simple, go to work, go to practice, go to the gym, then eat and sleep!
- Where are you located in Georgia and where do you train at?
I live south of Atlanta in Fayetteville and I train at the World Gym here.
- What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I am extremely accident prone…haha.
- What is your occupation?
I am a custom baseball cap salesman.
- Do you find that your occupation interferes with competing or visa versa?
I think it actually helps. It allows me to rest when I need to and keep in line with my diet.
- How many years have you been competing?
I’ve been competing for about 4 years.
- How did you get into powerlifting?
I started lifting to help with my wrestling and I just fell in love with it.
- What are your biggest squat, bench press, deadlift and total numbers?
Bench: 422lbs, Squat: 556lbs, Deadlift: 600lbs, Overall: 1540lbs.
- What titles, records and achievements did you accumulate in your powerlifting career?
I hold the GA state record for bench and overall at 198. I hold the bench record for Georgia Southern at 200lbs and below. I hold the Georgia Southern 225lb bench rep out record with 36 reps. I’ve placed in a number of events but I always want to do better!
- Can you describe your training philosophy and/or a typical training session?
I follow the Sheiko training plan which uses a low rep/ high weight philosophy.
- Do you compete equipped (squat suit, bench press shirt & deadlift suit) or unequipped (no suits) or both?
I compete in only unequipped.
- What weight class(s) and divisions(s) do you compete in?
I compete in 181 and 198…depending on what time of year.
- What is your favorite lift, squat or bench press or deadlift or all three?
My old favorite was bench press but I’m beginning to love deadlifts.
- Who is the most impressive lifter you have competed against?
I think everyone I compete against are equally impressive. They all give their best out there.
- Who do you think is the greatest lifter of all time?
One of my all time favorites is Layne Norton.
- When was your last competition & how did it go?
My last comp was in November and it went great. I won 198 and placed 3rd overall. My lifts were slightly lower than I had planned but I had to compete with a broken foot.
- Do you have any upcoming competitions? If so, when and where?
I’ll have to take a break from competing for a few months because of wrestling season. Coaching takes up most of my time.
- How do you prepare for an upcoming competition?
I always start out with maxing out to find my baseline. Then I make a realistic goal for the comp and start my training.
- Describe your nutritional intake for an upcoming competition?
I keep my carbs at around 380 grams a day and about 410 grams of protein. I also try and take joint support supplements to help out with the extra strain on my joints.
- Is there anything you will do differently to prepare for your next competition that is different from your last one?
I’m going to work more on my squats and prefect my form.
- How many meets do you compete in each year?
- Who is your greatest competitor/rival?
My good friend Josh Hyaduck, who is an INBF pro bodybuilder. We are training partners and always try to out-do one another.
- What advice & tips would you give to a powerlifter that is just beginning? If you are just beginning, what advice have you received from other lifters or coaches?
Good form makes a good max and helps keep you safe. Also, know your limits. Always be safe when you are lifting.
- How has powerlifting changed your life?
It has given me a way to release stress and just keep me in shape. I’ve also met a lot of great people in the sport and made a lot of good friends.
- Do you stay in touch with lifters you compete against?
I try my best to.
- Why did you decide to compete?
Just to see what I could do out there.
- What is your #1 or most prestigious meet you ever competed at in your career?
My first and favorite was the Georgia Southern Show of strength. It was fun to show the football players how good of athletes wrestlers are!!!
- Do you compete in any other strength sports such as Olympic lifting, strongman, highland games, etc?
Only wrestling, I have done one bodybuilding show.
- What is your favorite memory from any powerlifting competition or event?
Honestly talking to all of the competitors at the events. I always meet great people and have a great time joking around between lifts.
- Anyone you would like thank for helping you along the way in your Powerlifting career?
My fiancée, she motivates me but also keeps my ego in check!
- Anything else you would like to add?
You will only be as good as you think you can be. Stayed motivated and you will go far!
Colin, thank you for your time and best of luck in your upcoming powerlifting endeavors!