Dean Bowring is hoping to muscle his way into medal contention at the European Open Powerlifting Championship.
The Gosport Workout powerhouse will go for glory in the -120kg category in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Saturday buoyed by an impressive sixth-place finish in last year’s event.
Bowring, who will compete in the squat, bench press and deadlift disciplines, will hope his strength across all three events will hold him in good stead for overall honours.
But the 39-year-old will have to be on top of his game if he is going to topple his professional counterparts, having seen his preparations hampered by a back injury.
Bowring said: ‘The preparation has not gone as well as I would have liked.
‘I have had a bit of a back injury leading up to the event and I’ve been struggling to get back to my best.
‘But you never know in this sport – I’ve been doing it a long time.
‘I’m ranked in medal contention, so hopefully my experience will help to pull me through.
‘I see no reason why I couldn’t win.’
If Bowring is to enjoy European success, he will have to string a series of results together across all three tournament disciplines.
And while he is not ‘exceptional’ in any one particular lift category, Bowring remains optimistic that consistency could yet win the day.
He said: ‘I wouldn’t say I’m exceptional at any one particular lift – but I could yet be in and around the medals in all three disciplines (squat, bench press and deadlift).
‘And if the best in those categories drop out the medal places in one of the other lifts, then when all scores are added together I could be crowned the overall winner.
‘Some European lifters are now professional and train twice a day, six times a week.
‘I’m doing this as my hobby.
‘I’m a warehouse manager for the NHS training four times a week for two-and-a-half hours at a time, so I’m up against it.’