MORALE, WELFARE AND RECREATION: Soldiers vying for titles, prizes in weight lifting event at Olive PFC

Jackie Foster, recreations assistant at Olive Physical Fitness Center, lifts weights Tuesday at Olive after work with Mayer Marks, a friend and fellow weight lifter. Foster has been training with weights for two and a half years with Brian Hinton, manager at Olive. She will compete in the weight lifting competition Nov. 16 at Olive and is hoping to lift above 800 pounds.

Dressed in workout clothes, Jackie Foster put 50- and 100-pound weights onto a barbell Tuesday to practice her weight-lifting technique.

Foster is preparing for the Women’s 500-Pounds Club Weightlifting Competition 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 16 at Olive Physical Fitness Center, 6724 A Shau Valley Road.

Foster, who is a recreation assistant at Olive PFC, has been training with  Brian Hinton, manager at Olive PFC, for the past two and a half years. She has competed in one other 500 pounds club weight lifting competition.

On Nov. 16, Foster said she will have no problem qualifying in the women’s 500 pounds club, but wants to lift more than 800 pounds total.

“I want to be the top girl,” Foster said.

The competition

In addition to the Women’s 500-Pounds Club competition, there will be a Men’s 1,000-Pounds Club contest Nov. 16 at Olive PFC.

The competition is open to all ID card holders and participants can register at any physical fitness center on post until 3 p.m. Nov 15.

“We have done a power lift competition before, but this is the first time we are making it postwide,” Hinton said.

Participants will compete in three types of lifts: bench press, squat and dead lift, Hinton said.

The total amount for each competitior is calculated by determining how much weight was lifted and subtracting the person’s weight, said Mike Gorham, chief of Fort Campbell’s sports, fitness and aquatics.

“The competition is not 1,000 pounds at one time; it consists of three different lifts. The three combined have to total more than 1,000 for men or 500 for women,” Gorham said.

Anyone competing in the weightlifting competition will need to be weighed 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov 14 and 15 at Olive PFC, Gorham said. Those two days are the only days participants will be allowed to weigh in.

“You have to have been lifting for a while – 1,000 pounds is pretty reachable for someone who comes to the gym on a regular basis, but someone who has never done it before will have to train for that,” Hinton said.

Olive PFC will have several safety measures in place to protect competitors. Safety rails will be set up during bench press and squat lifts and spotters will assist participants if needed.  “Our staff will be there to make sure everyone is lifting in a safe manner and they are not going to put any of their joints at risk because of the weight they are lifting,” Gorham said.

Gorham said anyone who wants to try weight lifting should watch the competition to see what it entails.

“Our staff at the PFC’s can help them build up and help them so they can compete in these in the future,” Gorham said. The next competition will be held at Gertsch PFC.

Gorham said weightlifting is great for competition, but also “will improve a person overall.”

“It is a workout that will improve their cardio,” Gorham said. “It is not the complete package a person would not want to just do weightlifting to stay completely fit. They would need to do additional cardio and aerobic exercises to build up their core and build up all parts of their body to have complete overall fitness.”

Prizes for the competition will be given to the top three male and top three female competitors. No specific prizes have been selected but Gorham said the prizes will likely be gift cards.

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