Dean Munsey from Prineville, Oregon, was an active competitor in powerlifting from 1986 until 2013.
He competed in 12 World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL) world championships, winning half of them. A lifelong Oregonian, Dean grew up playing sports, excelling in high school football and wrestling at Crane and Crook County high schools in Eastern and Central Oregon. In 1983 he was chosen for the All-Oregon and Shriners’ football teams before his graduation the next spring.
Dean began weight training in 1981, and his exposure to powerlifting and competition began in 1986, about the same time he joined the U.S. Army as a combat engineer. He shared his enthusiasm by coaching others. In addition to powerlifting, he also coaches competitors in Strong Man, Highland Games, MAS Wrestling and football.
For most of his civilian life, Dean has been a cabinetmaker, but for the past 13 years, he has devoted his professional life to being a personal trainer and coach for a wide variety of age groups, currently ranging from age 10 to 93 – many with state and world records. You’d be surprised at how many of his clients are women!