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Amy Weisberger

Amy Weisberger, a 5-foot 2-inch woman, made her unlikely choice of an athletic pursuit when she began powerlifting in 1988. Initially, she had simply considered doing some weightlifting. “I had messed around with weights in the gym for about a year before that,” Weisberger told Jacob Mendlovic of Fast Forward magazine. “I thought I wanted to go into bodybuilding and some people told me to do a power-lifting type of workout so I could get a little thicker. I enjoyed that so I picked a contest to go to because I thought it would keep me motivated for the workout,” she explained. Power-lifting consists of the bench press, the squat and the dead-lift. In 2000 as a competitor in the 56kg weight class, Weisberger set world records by squatting 450 pounds, by bench pressing 280 pounds, and following that effort by dead-lifting 450 pounds. Her total (1,180 pounds) surpassed the world record for male lifters at that time by 34 pounds. A week later, she set two more world marks. Shortly thereafter, B’Nai B’Rith’s National Jewish Monthly included Weisberger in an article citing the exploits and successes of Jewish athletes in various national and international sports, including baseball’s Hank Greenberg. In June 2001, she was inducted into the Akron Jewish Hall of Fame along with University of Akron men’s basketball coach, Keith Dambrot. Mike Lambert, editor and publisher of Powerlifting USA magazine, said of Weisberger. “She’s been very consistent and made steady gains and certainly is one of the top-ranked people in the world.” Weisberger, 40, who makes her home in Columbus, Ohio, said she wants to compete into her 60’s. “I’d like to bench press 300, squat and dead-lift 500, but I don’t know what weight class I’d be in,” she said. Weisberger graduated from Firestone High in 1983 and Ohio University in 1987 with a degree in sociology. She works as a massage therapist for injured people.

Inducted 2005 | Powerlifting