Phil Townsend



Weightlifting was always one of my hobbies ever since I was 16 years old. I have been competing in powerlifting for about one year, with most of my training coming under the tutelage of Gary Kanaga who really helped me pursue my career in powerlifting. I compete in the 132lb weight class.


Even though I have barely been competing for only a year, I have set the Ohio State Records for the raw squat (275), deadlift(405), and total (855). I also hold the Raw American Record in the deadlift(405) for 18-19 year olds. My 405 deadlift was my best set at the Ohio State Championships in Bedford Heights, Ohio this past November.

The Summer of 2010 I traveled to Denver, Co. to compete at the Raw National Championships. I won the 18-19 year old title and place 2nd in the Open Division both at 132 lbs.

I competed in this month in the Arnold Classic posting a 465 lbs. deadlift at 132 lbs. This was my first experience at The Arnold and look forward to competing there again next year.

I was born on May 15, 1991 in Pennsylvania and lived in Strongsville, Ohio for most of my life. I am a freshman at Kent State University and train at Bodybuilders Gym in Akron, Ohio.


State Raw Squat Record in the 132 lbs. Class - 275 Lbs.

State Raw Deadlift Record in the 132 lbs. Class - 405 Lbs.

State Raw Total Record in the 132 lbs. Class - 855 Lbs.

American Raw Deadlift Record in the 132 lbs. Class - 405 Lbs.

2010 Raw National Champion


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