KINGMAN – Jerry Homer Jr. started lifting weights at 14 years old.
The early start has paid dividends, highlighted by the 54-year-old Kingman resident setting two new world records at the National AAU Competition in Laughlin April 7-9.
Additionally, three other members of the Ancient Iron Team also broke records, including Homer Jr.’s father.
“(My dad) is definitely my inspiration,” Homer Jr. said. “I’ve been blessed by God because (my Dad) works out with me five days a week at the gym. We started when I was 14, and he still does it 40 years later.”
Jerry Homer Sr., 77, benched 286 pounds to set a new world record, while Homer Jr. benched 360 pounds and squatted 568 pounds for two new world records.
Other record setters in the bench press included: John Lopez, 80, with a 231.2 and Charley Jones, 67, with a 319. All marks were also good enough for first place and gave Ancient Iron the National Team trophy and a 315-pound set of weights for Kingman Fitness.
“We’re all best friends,” Homer Jr. said. “It’s a lifting family. We all consider ourselves family members. When we have 400 to 500 pounds on our back, we have trust that they’re going to grab it if anything goes wrong. They keep you from getting hurt.”
The solid support system also has Homer Jr. feeling confident about lifting weights until he’s as old as his father. He said it keeps him in shape and enjoying life.
The next competition for Ancient Iron isn’t until September, but Homer Jr. and his team are already getting ready.
“We’re starting to prepare for the World Championships at the Rio in Vegas,” Homer Jr. said. “I hope we can win as many events. We’ll see what happens.”