What is your name and where are you from?
Gabe “GabeZilla” Wells, born and raised in Beaumont,TX currently living in Port,Acres. (Train out of Nederland at GT Barbell) My official start was in high school like many, but I’ve been strength training since I was 11 years old. I began powerlifting training as an off season workout to basketball and other sports. Powerlifting also gave me an outlet to many of the issues I was dealing with as a teenager.
When did you start powerlifting and was there a reason for it?
To date I am proud of my current state record for the submaster 308 push pull, which has been an uphill battle since my leg surgery 2 years ago. After being bitten by a brown recluse, nearly losing my right leg and my life as well. I am blessed to say I walked away with only nerve damage. Knowing that I will most likely not be able to squat anymore in competition without risking injury to self and spotters, I funneled all my energy into being the best push puller I could be.
What are some of your best lifting accomplishments so far?
Current goals: Total 1100+ this year in a meet, win a National title, get my wife to compete at least once! Long term goals: bench press 500lbs and deadlift 800 drug free in a meet, make GT Barbell one of the most competitive teams in NASA Powerlifting, continue to pass on my knowledge to others within the powerlifting community and alike.
What are some lifting goals that you have set for the future?
I follow the Trident Method by my coach Michael Adams, which is has three versions we rotate throughout the year depending on off season and peaking. My current programming calls for bench 2x week and deadlift 2x week (deadlift session broken up over 2 days). My accessory work is done on the off days of my main work. Ex. Monday and Thursday Bench, Wednesday and Saturday Deadlift, the corresponding days are accessories.
How long have you been involved with NASA Powerlifting?
Since 2013, so I’m fairly new to the Nasa scene, but I have enjoyed the camaraderie and competitive spirit as well.
Can you recall your first NASA powerlifting competition?
Yes I actually can, my first meet was the Gilmer Classic in January back in 2013. This was my first meet in Nasa and it was quite interesting because I haven’t competed since high school and early college. I remember the bar sliding off my back on my 3rd squat attempt! I really thought this was going to be my worst meet, but actually ended up being pretty solid as I pulled my first 600lb deadlift so I was pretty stoked! Rich made it pretty interesting as well by giving some solid words of encouragement and helping settle my nerves! I owe it to the Nasa family and my coach for helping me get through my first Nasa meet.
If you could lift against anybody else heads up in NASA who would it be?
I’m game to lift against anybody, I would love to share the platform with some of the greats and the upcoming stars as well. NASA has many high level athletes and I want to find my place among the ranks! Basically anyone that ranks in the Top 250 or are ranked higher than me are in my cross hairs. I believe that competition brings out the best in an athlete, and I want to be the best.
What are some of your favorite moments from being at NASA meets?
By far my best moment in NASA has been to watch Seth Ford’s team lift at the Southeast Texas Open in Lufkin. Watching the hard work that those kids put in is simply inspiring and I found myself cheering for the some such as Cordell Burks and Chandler Upchurch! Watching Seth’s kids tear it up on the platform gave me fuel for my attempts and for that I am thankful to have been able to witness in person!
When can we expect to see you step on the platform again?
My next meet is March 12th, Texas State in Mt. Pleasant. After that I plan on doing a National meet if I qualify for it!
Is there anything else you’d like to let the NASA Powerlifting world know?
I would like to thank the Lord above for blessing me with the gift of strength, Thank my wife and family for allowing me chase after my passion! GT Barbell for being my home gym/team and Coach Mike Adams who is the mastermind behind the scene and all my teammates. I want NASA Powerlifting world to know that GT Barbell is coming and we will not be denied! Haha, seriously though, I appreciate Rich and the rest of the NASA POWERLIFTING family for giving us a place to compete.