Second Annual Powerlifting Competition Lifts off at Central

ELLENSBURG, Wash.–The dedication to break weight lifting records beyond the imaginable is not an average feat; it takes time, focus and a lot of determination. Welcome to the world of powerlifting. CWU’s Exercise Science Club and University Recreation present the second annual Powerlifting Competition Saturday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The competition will feature two weight lifting categories, bench press and dead lift. Contestants will be divided into three different classes for the competition: 21 years and younger, 22 years and older and a women’s group. First place winners will receive trophies, while second, third and forth place winners will receive medals.

Spectators won’t want to miss out on this event. Audience members will witness not only the fun of the sport, but the competitive edge shared by the powerlifters and the potential of records being shattered.

Almost 100 spectators gathered to watch and cheer on the men and women that competed at the event last year. The competitors collectively lifted over 20,000 lbs. of weight and participated in “lift-offs” to break ties in almost all of the lifting categories.

To participate, registration must be paid by Friday, Feb. 26 and is $15 for those competing in one lift category and $25 to compete in both. After that date, registration is $20 and $30 respectively, and the last day to register is Wednesday, March 10. Registration forms are available at the Recreation Center front desk or at

The Powerlifting Competition is sponsored by University Recreation and the Exercise Science Club. Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-3511 or (for the hearing impaired) TDD 509-963-2143.

Central Washington University is a master’s degree-granting institution with approximately 10,000 students and 1500 faculty and staff. More than 160 undergraduate and master’s degrees are offered. Founded in 1891, the Ellensburg campus is located in the heart of Washington State, nestled between the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River. Since 1975, CWU has served the needs of place-bound students at six university centers throughout the state. Central Washington University is an AA/EEO/Title IX Institution.


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