USS Harry S. Truman, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) put their muscles to the test during a "1000-pound challenge" Nov. 26.
The competition was organized by USS Harry S. Truman Fit Boss Nathan Owen and featured 60 male and female participants, with 35 competitors successfully completing the challenge in three key tests of weightlifting strength: the squat, the bench press, and the dead lift.
Generally found at a high school or sports club, the 1000-pound club is a prestigious club to recognize the strongest people in a gym.
"We wanted to see how many well-rounded lifters there are on board," said Owen. "A lot of people are really strong in one aspect, such as bench or squat, but not all three. I think the event turned out great, especially because of all the spotters and loaders who helped out. Every competitor came in fired up and ready to lift."
Male participants had to lift 1000 lbs. (cumulative) during the three events, with females under 180 lbs. being required to lift 550 lbs. Each contestant had two opportunities in each event to meet the requirement and earn their prestigious "1000-lb." t-shirt. Eight crew members volunteered to act as "spotters" and to provide a clean and safe environment.
Truman's physical therapist, Lt. Robert Nosek, set the competition rules. A five-time junior national champion and 2000 junior world champion in the 148 lb. weightlifting class, Nosek was impressed by how well the event turned out.
"It was a great turnout and a good introduction for many of the lifters to the high standards of competition lifting," said Nosek. "Many of the lifts have strict interpretations and expectations to which most people don't hold themselves.
"The sport requires a lot of dedication, discipline, and attention-to-detail. Good technique is important and wins out over strength. The two women who completed the challenge had an extremely impressive showing and the best form and technique of all competitors," said Nosek.
Some crew members used the challenge as a way to assess their own strength training and to gain helpful tips from their fellow shipmates.
Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Daniel Prieto, USS Harry S. Truman armory, has been lifting weights for more than 10 years and was interested to see if he had what it takes to complete the event.
"I like to lift because it helps me relieve stress and gives me a sense of pride," said Prieto. "I signed up for the 1000-pound competition to challenge myself. This competition was a great opportunity for me to learn different strategies of lifting from my fellow competitors."
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