The installation’s best powerlifters demonstrated their strength during the 3rd Annual Fort Bragg Powerlifting Competition at Hercules Physical Fitness Center, Saturday. Fifty men and women competed for the title of best powerlifter in their weight class by completing three rounds of squats, bench presses and deadlifts.
Fort Bragg’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosts the annual tournament to give those who excel in strength training an outlet to demonstrate their abilities, said Andrew Kingsley, manager, Tucker Performance Enhancement Center.
“We have plenty of aerobic activities available on post, but as we’re seeing in present times, strong Soldiers are fit Soldiers.”
Participants said they enjoyed the atmosphere at Hercules PFC, which gave them the ability to practice their lifts in the same room they would attempt them. Christopher Lenwood, an active-duty Soldier, said Saturday’s tournament was his first powerlifting competition.
“It seemed like a good event,” he said. “I’m an older guy, so I wanted to test myself against the younger troops.”
After completion of the squat, bench press and deadlift, Lenwood finished first in the 220-pound weight class with a total combined lift of 1,560 pounds, which was also the highest overall. He said he would “absolutely” return for next year’s competition.
“I’m having a ball.”