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Bench Press, deadlift competition pushes Team Schriever Airmen

Staff Sgt. Ian Sayler, 1st Space Operations Squadron, rises as he attempts to deadlift 495 Jan. 24, 2020 at Schriever Air Force Base Fitness Center. Sayler’s 495-pound lift was his highest of the competition and third heaviest among nine male lifters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Montoya)

Staff Sgt. Ian Sayler, 1st Space Operations Squadron, rises as he attempts to deadlift 495 Jan. 24, 2020 at Schriever Air Force Base Fitness Center. Sayler’s 495-pound lift was his highest of the competition and third heaviest among nine male lifters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Montoya)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Team Schriever Airmen tested their might at the Schriever Air Force Base Fitness Center for the annual bench press and deadlift competition Jan. 24.

Staff Sgt. Ian Sayler, 1st Space Operations Squadron, placed first out of nine men and Rachel Wood, 50th Force Support Squadron, earned the crown against one other woman.

The top three in each event earned a gift card for their performance.

Sayler first won the overall title in 2017 and hasn’t lost since. He benched 315 pounds and deadlifted 495 and earned 4.475 points, just .083 points ahead of Marcel Cloutier, 2nd SOPS.

“It is always a good feeling to be considered among the elite lifters on base,” Sayler said. “The beauty of lifting is that the true competition is the internal struggle and overcoming the mental battle of moving such heavy weight.”

Sayler didn’t finish first in bench or deadlift – percentage of body weight determined who lifted more – but watching other competitors outlift him didn’t affect his abilities.

“The other competitor’s weights don’t carry much value in my mind while I prepare,” Sayler said. “The environment was not competitive, but more so uplifting amongst the competitors. I want them to succeed just as much as I do. You want to see the best effort out of everyone, so you know you are bringing it all as well.”

That atmosphere is why he continues to thrive in the weight room. Sayler said it helps him clear his mind.

“I find lifting weights to be the number one stress reliever for me, so it’s not hard for me to find time to get in the gym,” he said. “As a single parent, I find that the frustrations of daily life can be hard to manage. The weight room is really my ‘escape’ from reality. It’s a chance to blow off some steam and ground myself mentally for the struggles I am sure to encounter.”

Meanwhile, Wood, who competed for the first time, benched 85 pounds and deadlifted 175.

“My weight training is designed for sport performance, so I don’t normally max lift,” Wood said. “I just joined to see what I could accomplish in these particular lifts.”

The next competition, the Lazyman Triathlon, will begin Saturday and go through February. The competition includes a 26.2-mile run, 112-mile bike ride and 77-mile swim, all to be completed by the end of the month.  

For more information, email Seth Cannello, fitness and sports manager, at seth.cannello@us.af.mil.

 

Top three (overall)*

1) Ian Sayler, 1 SOPS, 4.475 points

2) Marcel Cloutier, 2 SOPS, 4.392

3) Richard Riley, 14 TS/ST-A, 4.233 points

 

Top finishers (bench)

Men

1) David Anthony, 1 SOPS, 2.174 points

2) Ian Sayler, 1 SOPS, 1.74 points

3) Richard Riley, 14 TS/ST-A, 1.667 points

 

Top finishers (bench)

Women

1) Rachel Wood, 50 FSS, .0603 points  

 

Top finishers (deadllift)

Men

1) Marcel Cloutier, 2 SOPS, 2.901 points

2) Ian Sayler, 1 SOPS, 2.735 points

3) Richard Riley, 14 TS/ST-A, 2.567 points

 

Top finishers (deadlift)

Women

1) Rachel Wood, 50 FSS, 1.241 points

2) Kristina Brandes, 2 SOPS, 1.708 points

 

*Percentage of body weight determines who lifted more.

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