We got an enthusiastic email and phone call one day from LeRoy “The Machine” Walker telling us how much he liked using Lock-Jaw Barbell Collars and if we’d like to help out with an upcoming event. It didn’t take much research on our part to embrace all things LeRoy: His passion for the sport, humble nature, enthusiasm for giving back to his community, and impressive accomplishments. Fast forward to today and we’re honored and proud to introduce LeRoy as our first official Lock-Jaw Barbell Collar athlete.
WHO IS THE MACHINE?
LeRoy Anthony Walker was born and raised in Washington state and was a three-sport athlete in football, wrestling, and baseball. LeRoy started hammering the bench at age 13 in his garage gym. By his late teens LeRoy entered his first bench competition and lifted a raw 489, topping 500 later that year. Hooked ever since, LeRoy holds a number of American lifting records and has been undefeated for four years straight in bench competition. A couple highlights: 675lb bench at USPA Relentless Detroit, and a 655lb bench record at Muscle Beach Venice (breaking legendary CT Fletcher's record of 650).
Numerous accomplishments aside, what impresses us most is LeRoy’s passion for giving back to the lifting community and, most importantly, to those less fortunate around him. LeRoy and his beautiful wife Betty Rage, a competitive powerlifter and bodybuilder as well, can be found donating basic necessities to those in need around the Inland Empire. LeRoy and Betty Rage conduct many of their powerlifting events to include charitable causes.
LeRoy is currently training to become the 5th person in history to go over 700lb raw in the bench. Want to track his progress and words of wisdom? A few places to stalk:
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE NUMBERS AND HARDWARE, LEROY’S STATS:
Raw bench in competition: 675
Raw bench in the gym: 710
USPA 661 National and state record
2014 617 Venice Beach raw record
2015 655 Venice Beach Overall record
2015 Detroit Relentless overall raw record and UPA All-Time record 675
2015 USPA National Champion
2012 USPA National Champion
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