Terrace power lifters set new records

Striving for high reps and squatting with barbells of 150 to 250 pounds, power lifters pushed limits at the first Terrace squat challenge.

Adam Linteris pushes through one of his final 140 squats with 220 pounds. That count in ten minutes earned him first in the challenge.

Squatting with barbells of 150 to 250 pounds, local power lifters really pushed their limits in the first-ever Terrace Squat Challenge Dec. 27 at the North Coast Health & Fitness gym.

Organizer Adam Yawrenko said it was a great competition, with great camaraderie and support, intense competition and new personal records.

Though 18 local people had signed up, 14 came to compete, and Yawrenko says they were all driven athletes who train hard in the gym every week.

“They are all people with guts, you can’t hold them back… It’s like a race horse in the stall, they just want to run!”  Yawrenko said.

“They just about died and then they come up and thank me for organizing it.”

Adam Linteris won first place, squatting 140 repetitions with his body weight, 220 pounds, in the ten minute time frame. Linteris actually came as a volunteer for the event, but stepped in that morning to compete in place of an absent competitor.

Second place was Bryce Thomson, with 136 reps, squatting with 165 pounds. Thomson was top in the grande finale, “The Beetle verses the Beast,” where he faced Ashley Whittington, who was the 2015 heavy weight champion Mr. BC, and weighs 260 pounds.

“That’s 100 pounds weight difference, and that’s 100 pounds more muscle on the one guy,” Yawrenko said.

Lifting 260 pounds, Ashley Whittington did 107 squats in ten minutes. He and his wife Charis co-own the gym.

Third place went to Charis Whittington, who made 127 reps with 145 pounds.

The two brothers, Nathan and Nolan Chapman were matched up, and Yawrenko says they really pushed hard, even throwing up several times as they fought to out-do each other.

In the end Nolan, squatting 200 pounds, beat his brother with 74 reps. Nathan got 68 reps, squatting with 175 pounds.

The opening “Grudge Match,” was a really close battle, with Vaughan Robinson “Noodles,” beating Fritz Lotz “The Fritzel,” by only five reps. Robinson got 78 reps with 195 pounds, and Lotz got 73 reps with 215 pounds.

Jack Lofroth made 122 reps with 180 pounds, Dawsin Kluss got 120 reps with 210  pounds, and Austin Legros got 111 reps with 170 pounds.

Davis Lindsay got 113 reps with 170 pounds, Benjamin Davidson got 76 reps with 215 pounds, and Elizabeth Esau got 38 reps with 180 pounds.

“Everybody did exceptionally well,” said Yawrenko, adding that the best part is seeing the drive and dedication of the athletes to beat their records and compete hard.

Since it was the first time an official competition of this kind has been done, the athletes were trying different strategies to discover the best way to capitalize on their strength in ten minutes.

“It seemed like the best strategy was to do 7 to 10 reps, put the bar away and have a break, do 7 to 10 reps, then break, and continue on like that,” Yawrenko said.

The athletes competed with barbells set side by side, with a digital timer running in front of them and individual judges with clickers counting each squat.

Yawrenko plans to run a squat challenge annually from now on, and to get a trophy plaque and compete with gyms of athletes in the Lower Mainland.

He also sent a submission to Guiness World Records last week, since this is the first competition of this kind to be done.

“We’ll see what happens,” he said.

 

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