Heavy lifting

Dunkirk native breaks powerlifting record

Submitted Photo: Dr. Thomas Mitchell (pictured), a lifetime weightlifter and clinic director at Chicago Institute for Health and Wellness, recently broke both the American and world powerlifting records in the 198-pound weight class, equipped bench press division at the recent American Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation Competition.

Submitted Photo: Dr. Thomas Mitchell (pictured), a lifetime weightlifter and clinic director at Chicago Institute for Health and Wellness, recently broke both the American and world powerlifting records in the 198-pound weight class, equipped bench press division at the recent American Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation Competition.

ELGIN, Ill. — Local chiropractor and powerlifter Thomas Mitchell, DC, CCSP, is no stranger to winning weightlifting competitions, but at the recent American Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation (ADFPF) competition, he shattered his own national record and went on to break the federation’s world record as he bench pressed 220 kilos, or 485 pounds. The competition was held Mar. 4, 2017 at Western Illinois University. Mitchell competed in the 198-pound weight class, equipped bench press open division.

“My main goal going into the competition was to break the world record but to accomplish that, I first had to break the American record of 468 pounds, which I had done in last year’s competition,” Mitchell said.

Taking the bench for his second attempt, Mitchell broke the American record by successfully lifting 474 pounds. Later, in his third lift, he broke the previous world record of 479 pounds by succeeding with 485 pounds.

Mitchell, who currently resides in Hampshire, Illinois with his wife and two children, has been weightlifting since he was 12 years old. He was a state-level lifter at his high school in Dunkirk and in college at the State University of New York at Fredonia, then continued to lift recreationally as he pursued his career in chiropractic medicine. He began lifting with the ADFPF in 2010 in the 198-pound weight class, and in his first competition he broke the Illinois state record. In 2011, he earned the division American record. In 2012, he competed and earned the state record in a different division, the ADFPF Illinois raw bench press, then entered the U.S. Powerlifting Association (USPA) competition the next year and set the American Sub-Masters Classic raw bench press record in 2013.

As a natural healthcare practitioner, certified chiropractic sports physician and functional rehabilitative specialist, the doctor practices what he preaches. “I credit my success in powerlifting to intensive training, great mentors, but also the importance of rest, nutrition, and neuro-stabilization training,” Dr. Mitchell said. Neuro-stabilization training is a personalized type of intensive core training that is explained in his book, “The Mitchell Principles: A Guide to Elite Performance and a Healthy Lifestyle,” along with other tenets of good health and training for elite performance in all sports.

Dr. Mitchell is the founder of the Chicago Institute of Health and Wellness, a sports medicine and family wellness center in Elgin, Ill that is the official chiropractor and trainer of the Schaumburg Boomers baseball team. The clinic offers individualized pain management and rehabilitative care for sports injuries, chiropractic care, nutritional counseling, and in-office therapies, including massage.

In April, Dr. Mitchell will open his second office location within Lifezone 360, an indoor sports complex in West Dundee, Ill. “We are excited to bring our services to the athletes of Lifezone 360 and look forward to serving the entire community of families in a multitude of wellness services,” said Dr. Mitchell.

Chicago Institute of Health and Wellness is located at 1750 N. Randall Rd., Suite # 250 in Elgin, Ill. The second location within Lifezone 360 can be found at 999 W. Main St. in West Dundee, Ill.

About Chicago Institute of Health and Wellness:

The Chicago Institute for Health and Wellness was founded with the specific purpose of providing qualified answers, corrective options and positive results to people who are concerned with attaining a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. The clinic offers mentoring, education and treatment for sports medicine and pain management, functional health, nutritional concerns and chiropractic and other therapies. For more information, visit chicagohealthandwellness.com, call 224.535.8707 or find them on social media.

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