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When you think of powerlifters, does your dentist typically come to mind? If you’re a patient of Dr. David Sultanov, the answer might just be “yes.” When he’s not exploring the intricacies of tooth preservation through biomimetic dentistry or seeing patients, Sultanov can be found in his local powerlifting gym, trying to beat his personal bench press record.
The Pittsburgh-based general dentist, who’s been working in private practice for the past 37 years, started pursuing the sport in 2015, following a surgery that left him temporarily sidelined from his usual cycling and running workouts.
“I had to have foot surgery and [it] didn’t go well,” says Sultanov. “I was on crutches for about 9 months.”
To help regain some of his strength he lost after being off his feet for a few years post-surgery, Sultanov decided to start doing squats and deadlifts, something he’d first gotten into as a student in dental school. After developing a passion for the sport, Sultanov began working with a nationally-ranked powerlifting trainer, and soon became eager to test his mettle in a powerlifting meet.