Powerlifting: It’s a Family Tradition


Powerlifting may not be a well-known sport to some, but for Abby and Derek Toro it’s become a family tradition. Abby and Derek competed at the Louisiana State Games May 6 in West Monroe.

Abby competed in the 8-9-year-old division of the 97 lbs. weight class. She finished the day with squatting 55 lbs., bench pressing 25 lbs., deadlifting 125 lbs. and had a grand total of 205 lbs.

Derek, her dad and coach, competed in the 205 lbs. weight class.  He finished the day with a 405 lbs. squat, 240 lbs. bench press, and a deadlift of 450 lbs.  He finished the day with a 1,095 total.

Prior to the Louisiana State Games, Abby lifted at the New Orleans Invitational last September.  At that meet she set 14 Louisiana state powerlifting records for the 88 lbs. weight class. In addition to the records she set in New Orleans, she unofficially had set another 14 records for the 97 lbs. weight class this past weekend.  Abby plans to lift again in New Orleans this September, then at the City of Lights Invitational in February, and then compete for her first USA Powerlifting National Championship in Spokane, Washington a week later.

Abby, as a second-generation lifter, has learned a lot from her dad.  Derek was a powerlifter at Natchitoches Central High School, Northwestern State University, and Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.  In 1998 Derek was the Louisiana High School State Champion and USA Powerlifting High School National Champion for the 123 lbs. weight class.  He also still owns records at Northwestern and Texas State.

Abby and her dad had a lot of help this weekend at the Louisiana State Games from the Natchitoches Central Powerlifting Team that participated in the meet.  Coaches John Daughtery, Michael Wilson, and Emilie King were there with six team members who all qualified for the 2018 USA Powerlifting High School National Championship Meet.