WATCH: Britain's strongest schoolboy in action
Friday, August 23, 2013
IN the same week 17-year-old George Briley found out he passed his AS Level and BTech exams, the Hayesbrook pupil set an unofficial world record for powerlifting.
The teenager, of Hectorage Road, Tonbridge, only began weight training ten months ago at Crossfit gym and has already shown incredible talent.
In May, he broke the British record for powerlifting in under 18s class, and he hopes to smash his own record at the British championships in October.
Watch George's incredible strength in this video:
George, whose ambition is to become the world’s strongest man by 25, told the Courier he hopes to break a world record when he competes at an international level next year.
“I’m hoping to lift 300 kilos by then,” he told the Courier.
“If you’re going to break a record you might as well smash it.”
He said it was Arnie, the bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-politician, who inspired him to begin training.
“Since I was a kid I watched world’s strongest man and now that’s the level I want to get to,” he said.
George goes to the Hayesbrook gym four times a week, spending seven hours training in total.
He added: “I started working out there for fitness and the coach said I had some potential so I started doing classic strength training.
“I eat a lot of protein, lots of lean food, salads and chicken. The best thing about the programme is that I can treat myself and not feel bad about it.”
He keeps followers updated with his progress on YouTube.
Coach Alex Clarke, 30, who owns Crossfit, said: “He came along to some of the Crossfit classes and he was quite keen to compete at a sport.
“I noticed he was very strong so I pushed him in the direction of Olympic weightlifting. Then I thought powerlifting would be a better sport for him. He started making huge gains from there.
“His strength is very good and he is breaking records at the moment. There’s not many people his age in this country, it’s quite rare, but in America and Asia they do start at an earlier age. He’s off to a good start, if he keeps going, anything’s possible. He’s very dedicated, no matter what I give him to do, he does do it.”
In October, George hopes to complete a 260kg squat, bench 140kg and do a 250kg dead lift.