Last week’s report in The Leader about Slave Laker Kaeden Ottenbreit setting a national record in the bench press was accurate, but only part of the story. It was just one of three national records he set at the powerlifting tournament at Champions Health and Fitness on June 3.
Not only that, but two other locals broke national records – Kathy Reid-Soucy and Winston Teichroeb.
Six other records were broken at the event by lifters from out of town.
Powerlifting is a class of weightlifting that consists of three types of lift – the squat, the bench press and dead lift. All competitors lift three times in each category. There are other types of lifts outside of that trio – including the one Teichroeb set a record in.
The records, it should be noted, are within the 100% RAW federation only. As Champions member and lifter Khalil Mouallem explained to The Leader after the tournament, there are various weightlifting federations, some allowing special equipment others not; each with its own set of national records. 100% RAW, as the name suggests, allows no gimmicks; it also focuses on being drug-free, Mouallem says.
Ottenbreit’s other two records for his age and weight class were in the dead lift (147.5) and for the total weight in all three, called ‘full power’ (347.5). His bench press record was 95 kgs. This was in the 56 kilogram weight class, for 16 and 17-year-olds.
“I actually had to drop weight to make that class,” Ottenbreit says.
Had he competed in the 60 kg weight class, he would have been doing it against Open class records, there being no category for his age group in that weight class.
“I knew those records were out of reach,” he says.
Ottenbreit has been weight training for the past year-and-a-half, as part of his training for high school wrestling. Only in the past few weeks did he start training specifically for a lifting competition. This was his first, and he hopes to continue with it.
Reid-Soucy set a record in her age and weight class in the squat (85 kilos), bench press (50 kilos) and full power (247.5 kilos). Teichroeb’s record was in the ‘military press’ (85 kgs.).
Champions Fitness took the team trophy in the meet – not surprising since they would have had the greatest number of participants.
“From management’s perspective, the competition was a complete success,” says Champions’ manager Chantel Campsall. “We were happy with the turnout, excitement and pride and hope to host again and have a new team winner and more records broken in Slave Lake.”
Mouallem says more such tournaments are likely to be held at the Champions gym in Slave Lake, given the positive impression this one made. He says the 100% RAW people from Edmonton were initially skeptical about doing it; now, “they want to come back,” he says.