However, Hunter doesn’t spend countless hours in the gym for a nice beach body. He powerlifts – and he happens to hold six state records.
“I started lifting in high school because of football, and that quickly turned into powerlifting,” he says. “I liked it, and my trainer loved to push me, so much so that I never wanted to miss a day, because every day counts.”
Coming to college last fall, people always told him that there was no way he could stick with his competitive workout schedule while remaining focused on his classes and reveling in the temptations of college life. Hunter, however, was set on proving them wrong.
“If you skip one day at the gym in your training months, you can’t catch up,” he said. “I came to school, not missing one day at the gym, always practicing the techniques that my trainer had taught me back home.”
At Hunter’s first meet in March, 2013, he broke all three state records for the 181-weight class, and still holds these records today.
As Hunter left school this past weekend to compete in his second meet, he weighed in at 190 lbs., now placing him into the 198-weight class. After months of incredibly hard work, Hunter squatted 525 pounds, benched 275 pounds, and deadlifted 525 lbs, shattering previous years’ records and setting the new standard in his weight class.
“My biggest take away from this? Of course coming in first place and breaking three new records is a great feeling, but what really made me feel accomplished was taking what people said I couldn’t do and proving them wrong.” Brother Secord now holds the record for heaviest squat, bench and deadlift in both the 181-weight class, and the 198-weight class in the State of New Hampshire.
When asked about his plan for the future, Hunter says, “Simple, keep making Dean’s List while keeping up with lifting and competing in as many meets as I can.”