Chris Frappier overcomes challenges to interrupt weightlifting world file

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FERGUS – When he efficiently lifted 442 kilos on the HackenDinnie Traditional in Kentucky on June 7, Chris Frappier beat the present world file for his weight and age. 

That is regardless of breaking his wrist simply three days after deciding to work in direction of the record-breaking elevate in October 2020. 

Although it was a brief fall from a ladder, the break was severe and Frappier stated initially the harm “squashed all goals of even going for it.

“I broke the arm bone and two or three fractures within the wrist bones, and the ligaments within the wrist bought torn aside,” he stated. 

His arm was in a forged for 4 months. 

Frappier stated he felt “deflated,” and believed he’d “lose a very good portion of my power and mobility with my hand completely.” 


However over time, after a number of surgical procedures and dedication to physiotherapy and coaching, Frappier rebuilt his power, spending three to 6 hours a day engaged on physio workout routines. 

His physiotherapist Mark Stonehouse from Grand River Physiotherapy was “an enormous half,” in his profitable restoration, Frappier stated.  

“He gave me hope, and when somebody offers you hope, they provide the best reward on the planet.”   

At first progress was gradual, and it was weeks earlier than Frappier had sufficient mobility to the touch his thumb and forefinger collectively. 

For six months he “wasn’t allowed to do any power actions in that hand – all mobility and nerve stretches.” 

However by July 1 final yr, his laborious work actually began to repay and he achieved a giant private aim – to elevate as a lot as he might earlier than the break.

After that, Frappier felt “there’s no limits now,” and determined his subsequent aim could be to return to capturing for that world file. 


Frappier stated his two sons present important motivation and inspiration. When the pandemic pushed him to exercise at house as a substitute of on the fitness center, his sons began understanding alongside him. 

This train has led to them changing into a lot stronger and more healthy, Frappier stated. 

“They appear good and really feel good, in order a guardian that was all of the inspiration I wanted,” he added. 

Frappier has been lifting weights since he was 16, and the preliminary driving drive behind his laborious work was a deep want to be completely different from his dad, and powerful sufficient to guard the individuals he loves from abuse.

“I used to be a scared, shy, unconfident child who felt weak,” Frappier stated. 

He described a “horrible incident” he witnessed at 14, and the way he struggled with feeling that “I couldn’t save my mother from what occurred to her.” 

Frappier stated his dad was manic depressive, bipolar, struggled with addictions, and frolicked in a psychiatric hospital after a nervous breakdown when Frappier was a child. 

By the point of the incident, his dad and mom had been separated for years, however his dad stated he needed to see the youngsters on Christmas Eve, so she let him come by for a go to. 

And Frappier and his siblings then witnessed their dad assault and rape their mother.  

When Frappier and his 12-year-old brother tried to guard their mother, their father turned on them, they usually rapidly used bunk beds to barricade themselves in an upstairs bed room with their six-year-old sister. 

They hollered out the window till assist got here. 

His mother reported the assault to police shortly after, however as a result of they have been legally married it was not thought of a criminal offense. 

That formative second “propelled my brother and sister into darkish occasions,” Frappier stated, and “destroyed my mother – she died being an alcoholic.” 

For Frappier although, the incident “despatched me the opposite means. “I needed to point out him up – I needed to be higher than him.”  

Now, 44 years later, Frappier is just not solely higher than his dad, however stronger than everybody else too, because the world file holder in his class.

His weight division is 90 kilograms (198 kilos) and his age group is 55 to 59 years. 

The previous file holder was Larry Blockston, who lifted 441 kilos in 2002. 

Fergus competitors

Frappier’s subsequent aim is twofold: to beat the world file within the subsequent weight division, a 470-pound elevate, and to take action in Fergus. 

Clinte Poore, the organizer of the Kentucky occasion, “planted a seed” of an concept for Frappier to prepare a weightlifting competitors right here. 

Frappier has been connecting with neighborhood companions, together with physiotherapist Stonehouse, Craig Janzen from the Co-operators and Blaire Bouwman from Anytime Health, who will host the occasion subsequent summer time. 

Fergus is “already a neighborhood of power,” Frappier stated, as house of the Scottish Pageant and Highland Video games, and he challenges “everybody locally of any age and intercourse to compete and see what they will do.

“You might be able to far more than you consider,” he stated.