Bronco Fitness Center names strongest lifter

By Chris Sloan

The Bronco Fitness Center held its 6th annual Bench Press
Championship competition last week and was open to students,
faculty, staff and alumni alike.

For gym members, the event was free of charge, for non-members
there was a $2 fee to participate.

“It definitely helps with bringing other people in that aren’t
members,” said Arturo Gamez, a fourth-year civil engineering
student.

There are two ways to win, one is to lift the most weight and
the other is to have the best strength-to-mass ratio. To get
strength-to-mass ratio, you divide the weight lifted by the
lifter’s total body mass.

The competition, which took place Nov. 18 and Nov. 19, was
divided into two categories, one for men and the other for
women.

18 men and eight women participated in the competition. 33
percent of the men who participated were gym members and 50 percent
of the women who competed held gym memberships.

“I was hopping to win it [but] I knew Carl was going to do a lot
better than I did,” said Kevin Patimeteeporn, third-year psychology
major.

For the men’s category, the maximum lift winners included first
place winner Carl Cassell with a lift of 425 pounds, Kevin
Patimeteeporn with a lift of 415 pounds and Chris Gutierrez who
lifted 335 pounds.

In the men’s strength-to-mass ratio portion of the competition,
Thang Hua won first place with a 2.02 ratio, Kevin Patimeteeporn
won second place with a 1.96 ratio and Manny Navarro took third
place with a 1.68 ratio.

The women’s maximum lift winners included a first place tie by
Ileana Tejada and Rizala Carrington both with a lift of 165 pounds.
Second place was awarded to Nina Barratt with a lift of 150 pounds
and third place was a three-way tie for Diane Lewis, Amanda Smith
and Nathalie Gonzalez with a lift of 115 pounds.

Strength-to-mass ratio winners included first place winner Nina
Barratt with a ratio of 0.89, second place winner Rizala Carrington
with a 0.87 ratio and third place going to Diane Lewis with a ratio
of 0.766.

All competitors were given 15 minutes to warm-up prior to their
competition time. Competitors could either signup in advance or
walk in.

Reach Chris Sloan at: sports@thepolypost.com

Bronco Fitness Center names strongest lifter

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Bronco Fitness Center names strongest lifter

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