Connecticuts Strongest(Wo)MAN

    Saturday was a hot, humid brutal day and so was the compitition at Connecticut’s Strongest (Wo)man.  Another awesome event put on by Lightening Fitness, owned and operated by Pro Strongman Matt Mills.  Lightening Fitness is the place to go for Strongman training on the East Coast- not my words, just fact.  They specialize in strongman but have everything you would need for strength training wether it is competitive body building, power lifting, or just want to stay in shape. 
     It’s always inspirational to see the athletes push themselves so hard.  If you have never been to a stong (wo)man event, you have been missing out and I highly recommend that you  plan to experience it, or better yet, train and compete.  
    The competition was split into 5 different events and the athletes competed by division in those events.  The divisions included:

   The events were:
    -Log Press Medley:  Three logs of ascending weight pressed from lightest to heaviest.
    -Last Man Standing Max 12 inch Deadlift:   Deadlift competition- the bar was raised using                             rogue wagon wheels.
    -Tire Flip:  Athletes by division flipped massive tires for most flips in a minute.  
    -Keg Carry To Husafell: 60 second time limit- athletes carry a keg 50 feet, sprint back to                             starting line, then carry the Husafell 50 feet for fastest time. 
    -Power Stairs:  Five 12 inch steps- athletes carry a heavy implement up the stairs, run down,                       and carry the second implement for time. 

    Congrats to Lightening Fitness for another great event and congrats to all the athletes for their heart and strong competition.  Those that medaled are as follows:

Women’s Novice:
    1st place: Alli Barberi
    2nd place: Amanda Viola
    3rd place: Jane Nwafor
Women’s Lightweight:
    1st place: Kena Perry
    2nd place: Melissa Sears
    3rd place: Chieh Ju Liao
Women’s Medium Weight:
    1st place: Kristal Renaudette
    2nd place: Erin Williams Ummer
    3rd place: Carly Litwiler
Women’s Heavy Weight:
    1st place: Katrina Kaworski
    2nd place: Cait Dunn
Men’s Novice:
    1st place: Kevin Candito
    2nd place: Bobby Kaplan
    3rd place: Justin Zup
Men’s 200:
    1st place: Adam Sweeney
    2nd place: John Sullivan
Men’s 231:
    1st place: Brad Lemanski
    2nd place: Corey Benton
    3rd place: Ryan Largay
Men’s Masters:
    1st place: Bart Walsh
    2nd place: Drew Bielomyza
    3rd place: Shawn Cross

Some highlights of the event besides the competition and support of the athletes (great to see competitors cheering for each other) were the heavy weights the athletes were moving.  For example in the deadlifts:
    -Becky Greene: 375lbs  (women’s novice)
    -Melissa Sears/Chieh Ju Liau: 345lbs  (women’s lightweight)
    -Kristal Renaudette: 415lbs  (women’s medium weight)
    - Katrina Kaworski: 405lbs  (women’s heavyweight)
    -Kevin Candito: 635 lbs (men’s novice)
    -Adam Sweeney: 635 lbs  (200)
    -Ryan Largay: 745 lbs (231)
    -Bart Walsh: 635 lbs (masters)

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Lightning Fitness Co-ed Strong(Wo)Man 3

   Lightening Fitness of South Windsor hosted their 3rd Co-ed Strong (WO)Man competition on Saturday.  This is the second competition from Lightening Fitness that I have attended in six months and they have proven without a doubt that they can run an event seamlessly.  Any one who has organized an event knows how complicated it can be with lots of moving parts and with a Strong(WO)man competition the moving parts can be pretty HEAVY!
    This event was done to raise money for the Hartford Animal shelter as well as Kenway’s Cause.  It’s great to see people working with less well known charities especially when you know it truly has a place in their hearts.  The Hartford Animal Shelter takes in animals and cares for them hoping to place them in a good  home because the shelter can only keep them for a short time.  They accept goods and services as donations but not money.  That’s where Kenway’s Cause steps in and helps to provide for the animals in the shelter with the necessities during their stay.    Sometimes  the animals are strays without ever having a warm home, toys, bones or even human compassion.  Lightening Fitness encourages their competitors to bring donations of bones, blankets, toys, etc for the shelter.  They were also able to send cash donations raised at the event to Kenways Cause. 
    The competition was a teams event made up of one male and one female.  There were 60 competitors for 30 teams in three divisions. The divisions were novice, LW (lightweight open), and HW (heavyweight open).  Those teams competed through 5 tough events which included:              
   -Dumbell press for reps:  the teams take turns pressing the dumbell, its cleaned from the floor and pressed.  They go back and forth until one member can’t perform another rep or the 60 second time laspes.
   -12 inch axel deadlift:  The team swaps turns dead lifting an axle bar with a tag, fist bump, head butt, etc.  Some form of contact required, but only one member can lift at a time.  They can swap as often as they need for the 90 second  duration.
    -Farmers Walk:  Each member walks down and back for a 50 foot distance carrying heavy weight , one competitor at a time for a 60 second duration.  
    -Standing hand over hand sled pull:  Same distance as the farmers walk but instead they pull a sled on a 2 inch thick rope for a 90 second time limit. 
    -Atlas Stones:  Competitors alternate turns starting with lighter stones with higher lifts, and then moving to heavier stones with lower lifts.  Each team member lifts three stones in the 90 second duration or until one member cannot perform the lift.  HW open had the heaviest stones.  For the men it was 380 Lbs for a 48 inch height.  The women were 225 Lbs.  for a 44 inch height.  
    Congrats to Lightening Fitness and all the competitors for a great event and congrats to the winners of each division.  
    -1st place in the Novice Division:  Raphael Santiago/Siobahn Kinney
    -1st place in the LW open division:  Ryan Largay/ Kristal Renaudette
    -1st place in HW open division:   Brian Fletcher/Keeley
    Lightening Fitness’s next event is IPA Powerlifting competition February 6th.  To find more events like this please go to our Strong(Wo)Man page.

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Strongman competition in ct!

  On Saturday Lightning Fitness in South Windsor held a Strong Man competition.  
    You couldn’t have asked for better weather.  It was the perfect day to move some heavy things.  The competition was open to the public with different weight classes in the men and women’s division.  
    Like any physical competition it was inspiring to see the hard work and dedication these athletes put into their sport.  
    Lightning fitness is owned by Matt Mills whom I have had the privalege of working with in the past.  I have watched him go from a great trainer to a truly elite level trainer, pro strong man competitor and owner of one of the best no nonsense gyms CT has to offer.
    Lightning fitness is putting on more events in the coming months.  Next up is a co-ed team competition, so watch closely for us to announce the times and dates.  Start your training now!

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