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Welcome to GCU Co-Ed Powerlifting Club

The GCU Powerlifting Club offers student-athletes a chance to learn about your body, while creating and understanding accountability in other facets of their lives.  The mission of the club is to provide a hobby while also teaching you the importance of setting goals.  As part of GCU Powerlifting, you’ll learn how the immediate feedback from the heavy lifting teaches you how the body moves and operates, and how to apply proper techniques to your training sessions. 

Powerlifting team members will practice as a team twice a week at the brand-new weight room at the Canyon Activity Center, and you’ll have access to additional on-campus resources.  The team will come together each week to share what each person has learned so that they can help each other grow in their craft.  Some team members will compete in actual sanctioned meets later in the year, and possibly help organize and be part of a local tournament hosted at GCU.

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Powerlifting Schedules

Showing 2020-2021

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Powerlifting Coaching Staff

Santiago Vasquez

Student Head Coach
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Santiago “Jimmy” Vasquez became the new student head coach of Grand Canyon University Powerlifting this past August as the club enters Year 3 as a program. 

Vasquez started competing in the GCU Powerlifting club in 2019, while also assisting in rehab coaching. This is his first year as the full-time head coach of the club.

As a part of GCU Powerlifting last year, Vasquez took part in the 2020 United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Drug Tested Arizona Open in the 140kg/308lbs Classic Raw Division. Vasquez set records for the State of Arizona junior division in bench press, squat, deadlift and total.

Vasquez first entered the powerlifting world after graduating from Dos Palos High School, just outside of Fresno, California in 2015. After wrestling throughout his high school career, Vasquez branched out to strongman competitions in 2015, even hitting the podium with a top-3 finish at the 2015 Beast of the Bay Fresno Strongman Challenge. Vasquez moved on to traditional powerlifting, competing from 2016 to 2019 in the Lemoore Barbell Strength program, and setting junior division world records for deadlift and bench-press at the 2019 USPS Drug Tested Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Entering his senior year at GCU, Vasquez is majoring in  Socioligy with an emphasis in Social Work. After he graduates, Vasquez plans to join Candidate school for the National Guard in California, USA or do social work at a correctional facility.

Jacob Mares

Student Assistant Coach
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Jacob Mares begins his powerlifting coaching career in 2020-21 as a first-year assistant coach of the Grand Canyon University Powerlifting Club.

After joining the club two years ago, powerlifting has become an important part of Mares’ life. The great number of influential people that helped Mares during his lifting journey – along with his passion for lifting – turned him into a decorated powerlifter who now holds Arizona state records in squat, bench, deadlift, and total for junior 20-23-year-olds.

Along with being focused on helping the Lopes qualify for the Arizona Drug Tested Nationals (which was postponed this past spring due to the COVID-19 outbreak), Mares is a current junior at GCU working towards his bachelor’s degree in exercise science. After he graduates, he plans to go into professional strength coaching.