Teen Breaks Power Lifting World Record

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MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford teen just beat her own world record not in texting or tweeting but in power lifting.

At just 17-years-old, Alex Pecktol can lift 325 pounds. Her achievement is recorded in the World Association of Benchers and Dead Lifters. She trains five days a week for several hours.

“I go up in weight every week. So one week I’ll go heavy, one week I’ll go light and I just get stronger,” said Pecktol.

Her dad says it doesn’t take much to get her in the gym.

“As a matter of a fact it’s hard to get her not to. There’s times that I really don’t want to work out and she will have none of that,” explained Sam Pecktol.

Sam Pecktol not only helps train Alex but got her started in power lifting. She was only 5 years-old when he started taking her with while he trained.

“Alex wanted to learn. So, I went to the junior high school and had them make me one pound wooden weights and I had a 10 pound bar and I started teaching her how to lift,” said Sam.

But Alex believes, the passion to power lift may have even started before she was born.

“My dad had just broken a world record and they were at power lifting meet at the Red Lion and my mom’s water broke. In the power lifting meet and 12 years later, I broke my first world record in the Red Lion in Medford, Oregon. I was definitely meant to do this sport,” said Alex.

Being destined to do this sport, Alex doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.

“I’ve done it my whole life so, I don’t know anything else. I want to be a personal trainer. And of course I’m going to be power lifting ’cause I really want to be the strongest girl in the world one day and that’s 501 pounds so I  want to get over that,” said Alex.

Alex will be trying to beat her record again on May 4th at the Ramada Inn against competitors from Idaho, California, Washington and Oregon.