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Interview with Walter "Truck" = Ferguson

7/16/01

KP: How about some background information.

WF: I wa= s born December 3, 1955, in Eden NC, and presently live there. I have b= een a sales representative for Charles White Chevy, Olds, Cad= illac in Martinsville, Va. since 1994. I'm 6'1" and 288 pounds.

KP: How and when di= d you get started in the sport of powerlifting?<= /o:p>

WF: I st= arted lifting with my dad as a young boy. I continued lifting throughout high sch= ool. I set school records in the military press and the bench press at Rockingham Community College in 1975-76. I li= fted in the USPF from 1979 through 1985. I had knee surgery in 1985 and develope= d a NEAR FATAL blood clot in my lungs that forced me out of lifting until 1993.= I saw a powerlifting meet in Asheboro, NC in 1993 that motivated me to get back to lifting in meets. Harold "Iron Bear" Collins of "World's Strongest Man" fame was a guest li= fter and he was very inspirational. I'm not able to compete in full powerlifting meets because of my knee injury, but I e= njoy competing in the bench press competitions.

KP: What kind of ex= perience in powerlifting do you have? =

WF: I ha= ve competed in over 90 meets in 28 cities and five different States. I have ov= er 150 titles and awards.

KP: What are your b= est lifts?

WF: Best= lifts include: 611 in deadlift, 406 in the bench pres= s, 588 for the squat. These were all at a body weight of = 242 pounds.

KP: Can you share y= our views on drug testing?

WF: I be= lieve all meets should be drug tested.  But testing random lifters - maybe a couple each meet, would be the = only financially feasible solution for the meet promoters. Steroid users, you are only lying to yourselves.

KP: What supplement= s do you take?

WF: Whey Protein, creatine, amino acids, DHEA, OKG, a go= od multivitamin, B-Complex with C, two aspirin every 12 hours as a blood thinn= er and I have to take Celebrex for my arthritis.

KP: What is your wo= rkout regimen?

WF: Sinc= e my surgery in 1985, I only train for the bench press. I train bench press on Sundays. I do medium to low reps and heavy weight using four different grip widths, cycling according to how close I am to a contest. I utilize board presses and chains in my bench press routine. I also do inclines, curls, ro= ws, shrugs and front raises on that day. On Wednesday I do a light workout including eight sets of three reps on the bench at 55% of my max with 45 seconds rest between sets. Wednesday is called acceleration day. About every two weeks I work out at W= ake Forest University with strength coach Ethan Reeve.

KP: What goals do y= ou have in the sport of powerlifting?=

WF: I wa= nt to lift until I'm 51 years old and outlast Keith "House" Payne and L= yle "Hitman" Hogan.=

KP: Why 51?

WF: I wa= nt to lift for a full year and bench press 400 lbs. raw as a 50 year old and maybe set some records in the 50-59 year old masters division.

KP: What type (if a= ny) supportive gear do you wear?

WF: None=

KP: What are your v= iews on supportive gear?

WF: I do= n't wear any. I want to know that I'm lifting the weight, not the supportive gear lifting it.

KP: Any outstanding= stories that have happened to you in powerlifting?=

WF: Yes,= One time I helped carry a house before a powerlifting meet.

KP: You did what?

WF: I was invited to participate with about 95 other powerlifter= s in the "That's Incredible" Canton House Race in 1981. We raced and defeated a group of 120 athletes from Mars Hill College. We were carrying a 34,000= pound house up hill for 50 yards. After that I participated in a full powerlifting meet the same day. And if that's not exc= iting enough, I had only two hours sleep before leaving Ede= n, NC at 3:00 a.m., and arriving in Canton, NC at 7:00 a.m. I drove back that night and arrived home at midnight.

KP: As far as train= ing goes, what type of equipment do you use?

WF: All = free weight. It's the only way to develop proper joint and ligament strength, no= t to mention 20 inch arms.  Has a m= achine trained individual ever competed in a weight lifting competition? =

KP: What organizati= ons have you lifted in?

WF: It w= ould be easier to list the ones I haven't lifted in. NASA, USPF, APA, USAPL, AAU, W= NPF and numerous non- sanctioned events including all the Wake Forest Demon Deacon Push-Pull Championships since they started in 1995.

KP: What weight cla= ss are you in and do you hold any records?

WF: I ha= ve competed in the 280 and the 315 classes. I am the NASA Raw Masters 40+ Nati= onal Bench Press Champion in the 315 division for 1999, won in Nashville TN. I hold North Carolina State bench press r= ecords in NASA , WNPF,=   APA, USAPL and AAU.

KP: What is your fa= vorite lift?

WF: The = deadlift was always my favorite. My back always responded well to weight training for this lift. Kei= th "House" Payne, Mike "Young Lion" Lovelace, Lyle "<= span class=3DSpellE>Hitman" Hogan and Kent "Brick" Wall  claim that I have a REAL back.

KP: Any training ti= ps?

WF: Alwa= ys use perfect form when training. It helps prevent injuries and also helps to keep perfect technique in competition. Hitting that perfect groove and sweet spo= t at a meet are the results of slow, deliberate descent of the bar while training every repetition for 12 months a year.

KP: Anything you wo= uld like to see changed in powerlifting?

WF: All = meets should be drug tested and raw.

KP: Do you have any= advice to the younger lifter regarding training and supplementation?

WF: Disc= ipline and consistency are very important in powerlifting. Young folks need to learn that there are no shortcuts to huge strength.  You can't buy it either.  The only way to get it is "WORK".  Live health= y, stay away from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. Proper nutrition and rest are essential.

KP: What are some o= f your interests outside powerlifting?

WF: Arm Wrestling. In 1986 I competed i= n and won the Iredell County Arm Wrestling Championships in Statesville NC, for my weight class. In= 1987 I won the NC State Arm Wrestling Championship held in North Wilkesboro, NC. I also enjoyed playing competitive softball fo= r 20 years. I played 1st and 3rd base on two state champion softball teams in 1981 and 1989. Altogether, I played approximately 800 gam= es which equals approximately 3200 at bats. I have = also competed on several organized tug-o-war teams.

KP: Who are the peo= ple you admire and who inspires your lifting?

WF: My f= ather, mother and girlfriend have always been inspirational and have helped me wit= h my training and provided me with good nutritious meals. I admire all of them f= or putting up with me all these years.

KP: What is the big= gest challenge to your lifting success?

WF: My f= ather passing away in 1997 was the toughest. Trying to work a 50 hour week and spend time with my family and girlfriend while maintaining a consistent training schedule has been difficult. Training thr= ough prior injuries, and my painful arthritic condition from 25 years of athleti= cs has also been tough. Twice, fluid has been drawn from my left knee.

KP: How important a= re training partners to you?

WF: Extr= emely important from the standpoint of motivation and safety. I also enjoy punish= ing my workout partners Mike "Young Lion" Lovelace, Keith "Take = it to the House" Payne,  Kent "Brick" Wall and the head man himself Lyle "Hitman" Hogan.

KP: What does your = diet consist of?

WF: High= protein foods including 3 gallons of 1% milk per week, a= nd as much peach ice cream as I can eat.

KP: How do you see = the sport of powerlifting in the future?=

WF: I li= fted in the days before supportive equipment when men were men and sheep were nervo= us. I have always lifted raw and thought it was more interesting to see what a = man could lift instead of his shirt. For every piece of equipment used, more credibility is lost. Powerlifting will never be accepted as an Olympic sport until we get rid of the supportive equipment t= hat some lifters use. Can you imagine an Olympic lifter putting on his/her clean and jerk shirt in front of a worldwide television audience and doing their mummy imitation while walking to the lifting platform?

KP: Any final comme= nts?

WF: I'm = thankful everyday that I still have the strength, health and good fortune to lift at= 45 years of age.   Also, tha= nk you Keith "House" Payne for your tireless work on our website and for being my training partner.

Thanks to my dad and mom, Ray and Lorene, and a very special thank you to my beloved and beautiful girlfriend= and soul mate, Sharon. She has attended probably 20 of my competitions and has never spoken a nega= tive word at any of them even after driving and riding to and from them for hour= s, sitting there and standing there cheering for hours even helping me plan strategy in the meets and providing me with food and encouragement at the meets.