Learning from the best: Cameron McKenzie


Honestly, of any of the lifters profiled so far I find Cameron the most inspiring personally. He is a multi-weight class world record holder in the 120 and 120 plus classes. The dude can deadlift over 360kg and he is still a junior. He will be going into open this year. But, regardless to see someone that is roughly my age and almost as tall tearing up the platform is exciting.

However, despite his dominant performances and commanding stature, Cameron is an extremely humble guy always sharing his victories with those that have helped and supported him. In addition, he is currently a full-time personal trainer with a degree in sports science, so not only is he ridiculously strong. He helps others reach their strength and fitness goals as well. Moreover, he aims to go for his masters in the next few years.

He currently sits at No.5 on the list of open men in the 120kg class, so Cameron is ridiculously strong, which is even more impressive considering he is 9 years younger than the others above him. In time, Cameron will surely be one of the best 120kg lifters of all time.

748 X3 ON A STIFF BAR!!!!!

He is insanely strong! Ok now that I have finished raving about his strength, let me dissect some of the elements of his training for our benefit.

  1. Reps on Reps on Reps

I am sure by this point in your lifting career you are probably aware that volume (Reps x Sets x Load, at the simplest form) is an essential element to the process of getting stronger. But, Cameron takes this a set further. There are not many powerlifters that do 5×12 with 500 on deadlift, but Cam makes it work and in my opinion, that is a contributory element to his success. He periodizes his training very effectively, separating times of hypertrophy, strength building, and peaking clearly but staying specific throughout all 3 periods.

2.  Practice how you play

Lately, a lot of trends in powerlifting have been centered around improving training through variety and variations. For example the widespread integration of the conjugate method for raw lifters. As well as the use of the Bulgarian method, or not training specific movements and using assistance work to make up for it. I think Cam is a good example of a lifter that consistently trains within the relevant remits of the powerlifting movements. He commonly integrates heavy singles, doubles, and triples into his training. In my opinion, he is a great example of how to improve. You must remember that powerlifting is a sport and although variation is great, nothing is better than practicing the sport you play!

3. Have big goals and don’t stop until you reach them

It is clear that Cameron has big goals. He is a multi world and national record holder. But, he is definitely a big picture guy. It is hard to just walk up and take a world record. It takes a long time and a lot of hard work. You have to set attainable goals and work towards them. Set time limits, set specific intermediate goals, and keep pushing until you get what you want!

Anyway, he is an awesome lifter and I am soon that big things are going to be coming in 2017 for him so be sure to give him a follow @camstrength !


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