USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) answered the question: "Who is the strongest Sailor?" by competing in the second Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sponsored Bench Press Competition, March 26.
The contest was based on how much a Sailor could bench press within their weight class. A bench press consists of lifting the barbell up, lowering it to the chest and then lifting it back up fully extending the arms.
Truman's New Fitness Boss Maurice Gentry, who arrived on board the Truman March 1, cohosted the event alongside Truman's former Command Fitness Leader, Chief Mass Communication Specialist (AW/SW) Gil Dobison.
Dobison is former a body builder and power-lifter.
The competition consisted of four weight classes - 150-169 pounds, 170-179 pounds, 180-199 pounds and 200 pounds and over.
The mezzanine was packed with Truman Sailors who came out to support their shipmates.
One of the contestants, Aviation Ordnancman 3rd Class Alfred Jones, Weapons Department, impressed the crowd by winning first place in the 170 to 179 pound weight class. Jones benched pressed more than 295 pounds.
"As far weight training goes, I do mostly push-ups and sit-ups. I also work on doing bench press pyramids, and I try to work out every day after work," said Jones.
Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Henry Nelson, assigned to Fleet Readiness Center (FRC), a sea operational detachment on Naval Operations Base (NOB) in Norfolk, was runner-up in the 170 to 179 pound weight class. Nelson benched pressed an impressive 275 pounds.
"I feel good about my performance. When I first arrived to the Truman I was not putting up nearly as much weight as I am now. I work out at least six times a week for two hours each session," said Nelson.
Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Brandon Cloyne was flown over from the USS Hue City (CG 66) just to participate in the bench press competition. Unfortunately, Cloyne fell short of winning first place in the 200 pound and over weight class. Cloyne maxed out by lifting an astounding 405 pounds.
"It's a little disappointing knowing that I'm capable of lifting more than that. I will keep hitting the gym and working out so I can improve my max," said Cloyne.
Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class (AW) Leo Mobley, from Truman's Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), proved to be the strongest Sailor of the contest. Mobley bench pressed a remarkable 450 pounds walking away with first place in the 200 pound and over weight class.
Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Joshua Lackey from AIMD won first place in the 150 to 169 pound weight class. Aviation Ordnancman 2nd Class Eugene Hodge, Weapons Department won first place in the 180 to 199 pound weight class.
"I was impressed with the bench press contest as a whole. From seeing some of the little guys throw up more weight than some of the bigger guys," said Gentry. "It was very entertaining and a very exciting contest. We will definitely have more bench press competitions in the near future for the Sailors."
All the winners of the contest received a T-shirt from MWR.
For more news from USS Harry S. Truman, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.