Glovertown native eyeing World Powerlifting Competition

Supportive roots a factor says Locke

Published on May 16, 2017

Adrian Locke in action at the 2016 Classic Worlds in Texas.

©Photos courtesy of Bill You

GLOVERTOWN, NL — Glovertown native Adrian Locke is making a name for himself in the sport of powerlifting, competing at national, international and world events.

A corporal in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Locke is an aviation systems technician (aircraft mechanic) with the 409 Tactical Fighters Squadron stationed at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta – the busiest fighter base in the country.

There’s something about that feeling when you get out there on the platform... and you give it your all. You don’t want to leave a pound on that platform.

Adrian Locke

He took up powerlifting as a hobby five years ago when a friend suggested he join a powerlifting club that was being set up in Cold Lake.

“I showed up to a guy’s garage. He had all of his own equipment. I started lifting and it just took off from there,” he said.

Locke began competing in April 2013.

During competitions, Locke said, lifters compete in squats, bench presses and deadlifts.

Locke competes in both equipped and classic/RAW lifting.

Adrian Locke in action at the 2016 Classic Worlds in Texas.

©Photos courtesy of Bill You

Equipped lifting allows the lifter to use squat suits, knee wraps and bench shirts to help them lift more weight.

Classic/RAW powerlifting limits lifters to wearing knee sleeves, a lifting belt and wrist straps.

In December 2015 Locke earned a silver medal for Team Canada while competing in the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in Richmond, British Columbia. The championships are part of the Commonwealth Games.

Locke lifts under three powerlifting unions: the Alberta Powerlifting Union, the Canadian Powerlifting Union and the International Powerlifting Federation.

“First you have to hit a qualifying total to compete at provincials. Then I had to hit a qualifying total to compete at nationals to become part of Team Alberta. That was in April 2015 when St. John’s hosted the nationals. With that total, I qualified for Team Canada,” Locke said about his progression to the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships.

The Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) website ( noted Locke’s impressive fourth place finish in his weight class at the 2015 Canadian Powerlifting National Championships.

The website described powerlifting as an international sport practiced in close to 100 countries. Athletes compete in weight categories for their age group. Weight categories begin at 44kg for women and end in the over 120kg class (unlimited) for men, the website noted.
In February 2016 Locke placed second at the nationals, qualifying him for the World Championships in Texas in June 2016 where he placed seventh in this weight class.

“I got to work with a lot of great coaches and meet some phenomenal athletes,” Locke said of competing at the Worlds.

Following the Worlds last year, Locke competed at the North American Powerlifting Championships in St. Croix, the US Virgin Islands where he not only lifted but also helped coach other athletes.



Locke trains for two-four hours at a time, four to five days a week. All those hours at the gym get pushed to the limit during competition, he said.

“There’s something about that feeling when you get out there on the platform... and you give it your all. You don’t want to leave a pound on that platform,” he said.

It doesn’t matter, he said, if you place first or 14th – as long as you know you’ve done your best.

“If I can put one kilogram on my total, then that’s success for me,” he said.

Locke has been selected to be part of the The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) 2017 CF-18 Demonstration Team/Air Show.

His work commitments over the summer will be an opportunity for him to take a break from competition but continue with his training.

Locke’s future plans as a powerlifter include competing at the (equipped) World Championships in Prague in November.

“Equipped lifting is where powerlifting started. North America has a lot more of the classic or RAW lifters. But (equipped) is really big in Europe. So, to get to go to Europe and get to lift, to meet and to train alongside some of the best lifters in the sport of powerlifting in the world is going to be awesome,” Locke said.

The sport of powerlifting sees lifters supporting and encouraging one another, Locke said.

“Your opponents are cheering for you,” he said. “They want to see you succeed... we hang out, we compete together, we get to celebrate each other’s successes and complain about our failures.”

Locke has travelled to many parts of the world. He feels fortunate to have grown up in  rural Newfoundland.

“There’s something to be said about growing up in a small community. And that’s probably why I like powerlifting so much. Because everybody looks after each other,” he said. “There is that sense of community. And that (sense of community) that I grew up with has been instrumental in developing the person I am today.”