Randy “Buzz” Ellis, 58, holds a set of photos of himself deadlifting at the 1993 state championships. Ellis competed in powerlifting from 1982 to 1996 before taking a 20 year hiatus. Ellis began powerlifting again in 2016, and he says that he plans on doing into at keast his 70s.
Randy Ellis set the 507 state deadlift record in Springfield, Oregon earlier this year. Ellis hopes to beat his own record at a future meet.
Left: Randy Ellis wins the California state deadlifts championship with a 618 lb deadlift. Right: Ellis and a fellow lifter perform a 1100 deadlift in a friendly competition.