Sep 6, 2012


Iron Authority Featured Athlete: Luis Jaimes

By: Joe Cappellino

Luis Jaimes is 23-year-old powerlifter from Roslindale, Massachusetts.  He currently works as a financial Sales and marketing representative in Boston and lifts in the USAPL 231 pound junior and open divisions.

Luis attended Xaverian Brother’s high school from 2003-2007.  Luis came into Xaverian just over five feet tall and approximately 135 pounds. Luis originally envisioned playing football in the fall, wrestling in the winter, and playing baseball in the spring. However, Luis was cut from the baseball team and decided to join the club powerlifting team to help increase his strength and size to improve on his football and wrestling. Xaverian for the past several years has produced a competitive powerlifting team, led by powerlifting guru Allan Fornaro. Coach Fornaro inspired Luis to compete in powerlifting meets and become as strong as he can. It was in March of 2005 when Luis first competed in powerlifting in the 148 pound weight class, totaling 780 pounds, losing by over 400 pounds to a young lifter named Maliek Derstine. After such a disappointing performance and realization to how much stronger Luis had to become to be competitive, he quickly became obsessed with getting bigger and stronger. Luis was very determined and developed almost a psychotic drive in his sporting endeavors while at Xaverian. Luis would regularly cut 20 pounds for wrestling and powerlifting competitions.  During his senior year, Luis suffered a broken wrist during a wrestling match.  Rather than taking time off, Luis squatted a Massachusetts high school and teenage Record of 420 pounds in the 165 pound weight class with a cast on his wrist, and then benched and deadlifted the minimum to finish the meet.  By the time his career at Xaverian ended, Luis was completely hooked and dedicated to powerlifting as his sport.

Luis spent a year at Assumption College and then transferred into Northeastern University half way through his sophomore year. Luis was drawn to Northeastern for their academics, but also knew Mike Zawilinski, the Strength and Conditioning coach for the Huskies who was a fellow Xaverian Graduate.  “Big Mike” had recently helped start Northeastern’s Club Powerlifting Team with a few students, including Joe Cappellino, who is now Luis’ training partner.  Luis attended USAPL Collegiate Nationals with the team four years in a row.  In 2009 he placed 13th in the 181 pound class.  In 2010 he Placed 5th in the 220 pound class.  In 2011 Luis bombed out of the 198 pound class.  He had hoped to win in 2011 since he had been improving every year. Without massive natural talent, working harder than everyone else was always the strategy.  Finishing behind others was huge motivation, but also seeing results made it easier to keep pushing forward.  Bombing out of USAPL Collegiates in 2011 was a huge disappointment but is what I believe to set Luis off on his string of victories and strong finishes in 2011-2012.  After that meet, Luis won the 231 pound junior division at 2011 USAPL Bench Nationals last September.  At 2012 Collegiate Nationals, as a junior, he finished second while setting the American bench press record in the 242 pound class with a 600.8 pound press, breaking the old junior and collegiate records by nearly seventy pounds.  He became only the fourth collegiate lifter to ever press 600 or more pounds!  Weeks later he earned a silver medal at IPF Junior Bench Worlds at his first IPF meet.  Then finally at 2012 USAPL Men’s Nationals Luis won the open 231 pound class.  Luis competed often and succeeded often in 2012.  Now, as a pay off for all his hard work, he has been rewarded with an invite to IPF Open Worlds in Puerto Rico this November!  IPF Open worlds is the most prestigious meet on the planet, and he will be there.

Luis’ best lifts are a 738 pound squat, 600.8 pound bench and a 606 pound deadlift.  Although this year has been successful for Luis, he has not hit his potential in any of the lifts.  Also, Luis knows that his total may not be podium competitive at Open Worlds, but he plans to improve on all three lifts and break a 2000 pound total at 231.  His bench is competitive at any level meet, and he hopes to medal in the bench in November.

Luis has always been committed to drug free powerlifting.  A loyal USAPL lifter, Luis thinks using drugs is cowardly.  Luis believes he can work harder, eat better, and get stronger as long as the desire is there to get better.  He has seen himself grow as a lifter and make incredible gains without the use of drugs, and does not see the limit for himself yet.  He also believes that USAPL/IPF is the most legitimate and competitive way to powerlift.  Committing to winning USAPL and IPF championships is the biggest challenge he can take on.

As mentioned earlier, Luis continuously challenges himself, and that starts with his training regimen.  Luis followed Westside as a young high school lifter.  He earned the nickname “Lockout Louie” as training partners realized he was a strong top-end/geared lifter, and also was not afraid to take out any weight.  In college Luis began to use other powerlifting programs.  He is always trying new programs and has found success with circa-max, Brad Gillingham deadlift, Anello deadlift, Smolov, and Shieko.  Luis has even completed a “super accumulation” phase. The ‘Super Accumulation’ is a Charles Poliquin workout that challenges the mind and body like no other.  Most men fail, but Luis may have actually enjoyed the punishment.  His workouts are long and grueling, no matter what program he is following.  My personal favorite quote from Lou… “When you feel like it’s a good time to stop, or a normal person might quit, just keep going”.

Luis has dedicated his life to getting strong, at only 23 years old he has a long journey ahead of him.

THANKS LUIS!  Keep up all the hard work!

Special Thanks to Joe Cappellino for writing the article!


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