Powerlifting is a popular sport here in the Gateway City and one transplanted Michigan native is looking to take the world by storm this November at the national meet in Las Vegas.
Matt Schmidt was a high school football player who took up power lifting his senior year of high school and was a natural.
"I didn't know anything about it. I didn't know what lifts it involved and so I prepared about three weeks for it and I was so new to it."
That first meet saw Schmidt finish fifth in the state, most would be proud of such an accomplishment with so little training but to this day he uses that memory as fuel to push him every day.
"I told myself I never wanted to experience that defeat ever again."
His love of the sport has continued to grow and to this day he has set nine different US records and a pair of world records. He trains six days a week, tossing on his ear-buds and lifts more weight than most would ever dream is possible
"I put my headphones on, I get in the zone and that's how I like to train. I shut everything out."
Now with nationals right around the corner he's ready for the big time.
"It's not like I've been training three, four or five months for this meet, I've been preparing my life for this. This will be the biggest meet I've ever done and all the work I've done my entire life will play into this."
"Right now I'm ranked 7th in the country and the way training has been going, it's realistic for me to chase after the #2 spot in the world."
Schmidt will compete at the 220 pound weight class this November 7th in Las Vegas at the International Powerlifting Leagues World Powerlifting Championships.