It has been a long while since I saw a competition in Powerlifting. It was ages ago. When I first saw Eddie Torres in the PAP meeting this guy is very imposing. I was thinking of who will be the first feature for the Powerlifting page of Ironpinoy. So after picking my brains I decided, OK, lets go with the Strongest Man in the Philippines.
Talking about brains and brawns, Eddie is a Chemical Engineer from UP and works as an Account Manager at DOW Chemicals. Currently he is the Auditor of the Powerlifting Association of the Philippines. As I saw Eddie he looks like a happy-go-lucky guy and I was not mistaken since he still read and collects comic books. And to complement his strength his idol is Superman. But I cannot really connect the Flash into the equation. Aside from powerlifting his time is spent with his kids, family and yes, the barkada.
Currently he co-owns Zest Power Gym in Quezon City. Zest Power Gym has been a consistent National Open Team Champion for 11 consecutive years from 1990-2000. As I saw it Zest has been the premiere gym for Powerlifting in the Philippines.
His diet is a hefty 6-7 meals per day. Enough for the strongest man in the Philippines. Now, how about training? I really don’t know. According to Eddie you have to go to Zest to see it for yourselves. Eddie has no specific reason why he entered powerlifting but he always wanted to develop strength and compete with the pros. For Eddie powerlifting is the best way to gain overall strength. To wrap it up, an advice to the uninitiated, on-training and professional powerlifters, stay away from drugs, persevere and compete!
Asian Powerlifting Championships:
1993 – 1 Gold, 2 Bronze
1994 – 1 Silver
1995 – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
1996 – 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
1997 – 1 Gold, 2 Silvers, 1 Bronze
1998 – 1 Gold, 1 Bronze
1999 – 1 Gold
2000 – 1 Gold, 2 Silvers
317.5 kg Deadlift (110 kg class)
315 kg Squat, 317.5 kg Deadlift, 780 kg Total (100 kg class)
325 kg Squat, 325 kg Deadlift, 820 kg Total (110 kg class)
820 kg total is the highest All-Time total in the Philippines in any weight class. Acknowledged as “The Strongest Man in the Philippines.”
Personal Best Bench Press: 170 kg (National Open 2000)