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Airmen build comradery through powerlifting

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A volunteer for the 2019 Scott AFB Powerlifting Competition adjusts the squat rack to his preferred height at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Aug. 17, 2019. The event was open to all members of team Scott and included squat, bench press and dead lift competitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

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Amy Mannino, Scott AFB Powerlifting Competition volunteer, fills out a score card during the first round of lifting at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Aug. 17, 2019. Volunteers performed jobs at the competition like scoring the rounds, judging the lifts, and spotting the competitors to guarantee that the day could run as smoothly and safely as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Man prepared to lift weights

One of the competitors at the 2019 Scott AFB Powerlifting Competition stretches before his lift at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., on Aug. 17, 2019. The competition was open to all members of team Scott and consisted of a squat, bench press, and dead lift competitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Man prepares to lift weight

One of the participants at the 2019 Scott AFB Powerlifting competition prepares for his lift at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Aug. 17, 2019. The competition featured Airmen from all over Scott supporting one another as many worked to break their personal records. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Man squats weight

During the 2019 Scott AFB Powerlifting Competition, one of the participants finishes his squat lift at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Aug.17, 2019. During the squat portion competitors must lower then raise the weight from a squatted position in one motion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Man bench presses

John Mannino, Military Surface deployment and distribution Command, performs a bench press during the 2019 Scott AFB Powerlifting Competition at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Aug. 17, 2019. During the bench press portion of the contest competitors must bring the bar to their chest and then extend their arms fully before racking the weight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

volunteers prep weights for competition

Volunteers for the 2019 Scott AFB Powerlifting Competition prepare the weight for the deadlift portion at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Aug. 17, 2019. Volunteers performed jobs at the competition like scoring the rounds, judging the lifts, and prepping the equipment to guarantee that the day could run as smoothly and safely as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Scorekeeper keeps score

Airman 1st Class Christopher Hicks, 435th Supply Chain Operations Squadron supply specialist, tallies the score for the 2019 Scott AFB Powerlifting Competition at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Aug. 17, 2019. The competition was organized by Hicks and Airman 1st Class Samal Bautista, 435th SCOS supply specialist, as a way for those interested in powerlifting to participate in a competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

man streches

Tech. Sgt. Eleem King, 375th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant, stretches before the start of the 2019 Scott AFB Powerlifting Competition at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Aug. 17, 2019. King has been powerlifting for over one year and enjoys the comradery the competition brings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

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A 100 pound weight used for the 2019 Scott AFB Powerlifting Competition rests on plywood that is used to prevent damage to the James Gym basketball court at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Aug 17, 2019. During the deadlift competition, Master Sgt. Lyzander Jones, Air Mobility Command command manager, lifted the most weight at one time with a total of 605 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.— Powerlifting has become a popular hobby for Airmen on base as a way to push themselves to the absolute limit.

Airmen like Airman 1st Class Samal Bautista, 435th Supply Chain Operations Squadron supply specialist, look to participate in competitions as a way to connect, so when he couldn’t find any being held close to the base, he decided to sponsor one with the help of the fitness center staff and volunteers.

He arranged for judges, spotters, scorekeepers and volunteers to assemble the equipment and keep the competition running smoothly, which was held in August.
“Events like these are crucial for improvement and learning how to do it safely,” he said.
 

The competition was open to all members of team Scott and consisted of a squat, bench press and dead lift competitions. The day saw 23 competitors participating in all three events.

For Tech. Sgt. Eleem King, 375th Security Forces Squadron, the event was a way for him to hit his personal best.
“I’ve been powerlifting for a year and have really enjoyed it,” he said. “Finally having a competition on base was great for the powerlifting community here, and hopefully it can be held annually for a long time.”

Comradery is a huge part to powerlifting. Seeing everyone compete, but also cheer each other on is such a rare thing in any sport, said King. Everyone just wants to see each powerlifter hit their personal best weight.

For this event, the heaviest lift was completed by Master Sgt. Lyzander Jones, Air Mobility Command, who lifted 605 pounds during the deadlift competition.

“It was a good day!” said Bautista. “A lot of people hit or came close to their personal best.”