LAWTON, OK (TNN) -A Lawton man recently set a national record in power lifting.
Ray Ortiz has set 9 national records and about 11 state records. He has been power lifting for well over 30 years and recently set a record for bench pressing 600 pounds.
“I was ecstatic, to actually put it on paper, I was jumping up and down like a little kid. It was quite an accomplishment for myself," said Ortiz.
Ray Ortiz competed in a national championship in Oklahoma City a couple weeks ago. He set a national record in the military, police and fire division in the Natural Athlete Strength Association for bench pressing 600 pounds along with setting a record in the 50 to 59 age division.
Ortiz has been a police officer for 16 years and currently works as a police officer for Cameron University. He said the camaraderie is what has kept him power lifting.
“It’s the friends that I meet, the people that are there, it’s just so much fun. It’s nothing that I win money on, it’s my hobby, what I love to do, and really it’s the people that are involved in that that I enjoy being around," said Ortiz.
Ortiz owns his own gym where he trains, and also helps others to reach their own goals. He says he has invested in the gym and also invests in those that come in.
“I want to make sure they are able to lift properly because I teach form and technique as well so they leave here with something, and they always do. There’s not an age limit that I have, I have from 8 years old up to 64 that train here," said Ortiz.
He said he has another competition in about 10 weeks in Longview Texas where he is hoping to set another record with another federation.