For many, going to the gym is simply a healthy habit. But for bodybuilders at Inner Circle Personal Fitness in Wellington, it’s also a competition.
The gym hosts a friendly powerlifting competition each year. This time around, members wanted to test their skills in a sanctioned event, said coach Joe Bockmore.
Five women and one man represented Inner Circle at the World Powerlifting Competition Oct. 6-8 in Erie, Pa., taking home a second place win paired with a glistening trophy.
Competitors attempted to lift as much weight as possible for one repetition in the squat, bench press, and deadlift. They trained for six months prior and worked out five days a week, said Bockmore, who worked with the team, kept lifters motivated, and checked their form.
Janet Bauer, 70, set the world record for her age group, deadlifting 200 pounds. Seventeen-year-old Eliza Postlethwait took first for her age group in powerlifting and second place overall.
Jamie Adkins took second, Heidi Blubaugh snagged third, and Kayleigh Spence placed fourth overall.
Deadlifting 250 pounds, Leroy Wade, age 89, set a state and national world record for his age.
“Powerlifting sounds scary,” Bockmore said. “A lot of people assume there are a lot of injuries, but lifters are so focused on their technique and form, so they rarely happen. Coaches are very cautious of that and are always watching.”
The meet was considered “100 percent raw,” which means lifters were not allowed to use supportive gear and were drug-tested for steroids.
The four-day event was the first time many ever competed.
“They called themselves “The Motley Crew” because they aren’t what you expect when you think of powerlifting,” Bockmore said. “It’s just your average person who attempted a competition. Anyone can do it.”
Getting ready for Inner Circle’s own competition in April is next on the lifters’ agenda.
“It’s a rush,” Bockmore said. “You’re in front of a crowd with friends and family and everyone rooting for each other. Even the opponent that is in the same weight class is encouraging you because the competition is you versus you.”
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