PIKEVILLE – The Pikeville YMCA hosted the 2016 Pikeville Open Powerlifting Championship on Saturday. Powerlifters from several area counties competed in the event. The event was sanctioned by the United States Powerlifting Federation.
The competition was divided into four categories of competition: full power, single lift bench, push/pull, and single lift deadlift. Competitors competed against their weight class and age categories. The following individuals competed in the competition: Samantha Justice, Brianna Hatmaker, Marlee Coleman, Cole Newsome, Justin Smith, Richard Estep, Joshua Colley, Jesse Sparks, Michael Rutherford, Austin Salyer, Jamey Kidd, Gunner Edmonds, Jason Easterly, John Stephens, Austin Chaffin and Mikey Fonner.
The USPF Powerlifting Federation was formed in 1978. Since the beginning, USPF have established rules and guidelines in the sport of powerlifting to ensure safety for all competitors and participants. Don Fields, of Pro Fitness in Prestonsburg is the State Chairman and a Certified Judge for the United States Powerlifting Federation. The 2016 USPF National Championship in : Powerlifting, Bench Press and Dead Lift will will be held May 19-22 in Tuscon Arizona.
Pro-Fitness helped to stage the powerlifting event.
Don Fields is the owner of Pro-Fitness, located in Prestonsburg. Pro Fitness and the YMCA offer members several options to choose from when buying a membership. Powerlifting is only one of the activities offered at Pro-Fitness. It also offers spinning classes, yoga classes, step aerobics and martial arts.
The Pikeville Area YMCA also offers a variety of fitness classes aimed at different level of physical fitness. The YMCA offers the following classes Zumba, piloxing, body pump, beginner yoga, ripped, beginner Zumba, kickboxing, kettlebell and Silver Sneakers. Both the YMCA and Pro Fitness offer a free introductory offer of workout sessions with a certified personal trainer. The trainers available at Pro-Fitness are Fields, Corey Hayes, Troy Burchett, Randy Burrus, Austin Fields and Darrin Lawson. The YMCA features various trainers that are available each day.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606/886-8506.