What is your name and where are you from?
Alex Hamblin. I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, but live in Dallas, Texas
When did you start powerlifting and was there a reason for it?
I started powerlifting in 2009. I was finished playing college football, and needed to find something to keep me in the gym and competitive. I credit Joe Bahari, Jr. for getting me into NASA and Powerlifting in general.
What are some of your best lifting accomplishments so far?
I have broken a raw 1550 total, and have multiple national and state records in 2 weight classes.
What are some lifting goals that you have set for the future?
I have a long term goal to break a 2000 raw total before I call it quits/die.
What kind of training program do you follow?
I follow mostly a 5×5; cycling heavy, speed and explosive strength every 4-6 weeks. I also during my heavy cycle do 5×5 with a 2 rep and single rep set to help CNS preparedness before a meet.
How long have you been involved with NASA Powerlifting?
I have been lifting in NASA for 7 years and only NASA during that time.
Can you recall your first NASA powerlifting competition?
My first meet was 100% Tested Nationals in Morehead, Kentucky. JT Hall and Greg Van Hoose really helped me along during that meet, from then I was hooked on NASA. Having a bench press legend like JT help out a new kid like me, I knew this fed is where I belong.
If you could lift against anybody else heads up in NASA who would it be?
This is a really hard question to answer. I usually like to compete against my previous totals. If I had to choose, I’d really like to get to the level to say I could hold my own and go heads up with a guy like Tyson Meyers. So, in the meantime, I’ll just compete against my previous totals.
What are some of your favorite moments from being at NASA meets?
The lead up to and the actual competition of the 2015 Unequipped Nationals In Dallas, Texas. We had multiple guys going head to head for bragging rights in the 275# unequipped open class.
When can we expect to see you step on the platform again?
I am expecting to be at the NASA Invitational at the World Sports Expo in Dallas, Texas!
Is there anything else you’d like to let the NASA Powerlifting world know?
This fed has to be the best DRUG TESTED fed with some of the best lifters in the world. I have been hooked by this fed and do not plan on going anywhere. With that said, even in the best federation, no lifter will be successful without the support of family and friends! I have to admit that I have the best support system at home! As has been said before, behind every strong/successful man is an amazing woman; and that is for sure the case in my situation!