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Blind Powerlifter Aims for Record: No Limits for Superman

Connor Sellers
Published by Connor Sellers | Senior Coach
Last updated: December 16, 2023

Romia Hall Jr., a visually impaired machine operator at Alphapointe, is making waves in the powerlifting community. Known as “Superman” to his kids, Hall recently bench pressed a personal best of 370 pounds.

“It’s scary,” Hall admitted, “but I just kept pushing through it.”

Blind Powerlifter Aims for Record: No Limits for this Superman
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This mental fortitude was born from adversity. A decade ago, Hall was stabbed, an incident that left him blind. “I went from being able to see to complete darkness all in an instance,” he said.

The initial months were tough, with Hall stumbling and bumping into walls. But soon, he noticed his other senses sharpening. “I still see them [kids] smile. I just do it through hearing,” he shared.

Alphapointe, an organization that aids and employs the visually impaired, helped Hall rejoin the workforce and discover powerlifting. “If you can get under a heavy bar and lift it over and over, it’s not only increasing you physically, it’s increasing you mentally also,” Hall said.

His personal mantra? “They say the sky’s the limit, but when I look up, I don’t see the sky, so there’s no limit to what I can do.”

With this mindset, Hall is eyeing a new personal best and an American record in the bench press. “My plan is to do 400 for my 40th birthday,” he revealed.

Hall’s fitness journey is a testament to his strength, inspiring his kids and others. “They needed to see that their dad is still strong and that I would get through it and they’ve seen me overcome it all,” he said. “If I can do it, you can do it.”

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