TAMPA, Fla. - For only the third time ever, powerlifters from over 20 different organizations will be competing in a two-day event at Jackson Springs Recreation Center at 8620 Jackson Springs road to determine true national champions. The event takes place from Jan. 30-31, and the profits from the event will go to the Bulldog Fitness Program at Jackson Springs.
The Bulldog fitness program consists of daily opportunities for elementary age children to engage in cardiovascular training during a 75 minute period at the beginning of each day, twice week strength training, and incentives for making healthy snack choices. “Fit-points” are awarded and tracked for participation in these activities and for making healthy snack choices with a progression of prizes for intervals of points earned.
The cardiovascular training consists of a wide variety of activities designed by staff members. Included in these are obstacle courses, jumping rope, “mat flipping” which mimics the tire flip featured in strong man competitions and plain old laps around the gymnasium. In addition to receiving fit points incentives for participation include periodic fitness competitions that have become exciting to watch as well as compete in.
The strength training includes stretches and weight training. Free weights, machines, kettle bells and medicine ball exercises are featured. A “Fitness person of the Month” chosen on the first of each month receives a T-shirt, certificate and trophy in recognition of consistent and proficient performance of the exercises in the proper order listed in the daily workouts. Along with these incentives are bench press competitions that have become increasingly popular with competitors and their parents. The competitors lift thirty percent of their bodyweight for as many repetitions as possible. The current girl’s record is 101 and the boy’s is 189.
The cost to put one child through the Bulldog Fitness Program is about $10 a week; or $500 a year. Raw Unity director and competitor Eric Talmant states: “It is our goal to raise as much money as possible to put as many children through this wonderful program as we can-while treating the fans to the strongest powerlifters that North American has to offer. It just seems like a natural fit for our event to help improve the fitness of our youth. I would love to have been a part of something like this growing up.”
Tickets to the Raw Unity Powerlifting Championships are only $5.00 to see the nation’s top competitors.