The YMCA hoisted its second bench-press and deadlift powerlifting meet Feb. 23. Several local lifters performed well at the competition.
Jim White, competing in his first sectional powerlifting competition, took first place in the men's 275-pound open class with a bench press of 380 pounds.
Robert "Rob" Jones, competed in the 242-pound Master Men's class with a lift of 415 pounds in the bench press. The lift was also an Indiana state record. Local lifter John Tabasco, competing in the 181-pound Master Men's class in the deadlift, pulled 300 pounds. Tabasco has not been competing long and is expected to pull a lot more weight in the near future. Veteran local lifter Peggy Berry set three consecutive state records, finally totaling 170 pounds, in taking the women's 148-pound Master's crown in the bench press. Berry had the "distinction" of being the meet's oldest lifter at age 53.
All four lifters are members and train at the YMCA, Berry stressed the local YMCA's tradition of producing some of the state's best powerlifters and would encourage anyone interested in joining the group at the YMCA. Berry would particularly like to encourage high school students and women to take up lifting.
"Hopefully, we will be offering strength training classes at the YMCA in the near future," she said. "I would like to start a class for women. The class would emphasize proper lifting technique, routines, programs and nutrition and would not be designed to teach competitive powerlifting."
Interested women should contact the YMCA at 442-6761.