SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Schriever Air Force Base had a short electrical outage Jan. 27, but there was no shortage of power during the annual Bench Press and Dead Lift Competition Jan. 29 at the fitness center here.
All told, the 27 participants lifted a combined 13,910 pounds during the event.
Two-time champion Rodrigo Ocampo, 4th Space Operations Squadron, reclaimed the overall male title, edging out Gregory Sambula, 21st Medical Squadron, by 2.5 points. Ocampo won his third title despite not grabbing the top spot in either individual event.
"My goal was just to beat my weights from last year," Ocampo said a shoulder injury nearly prevented him from competing at all this year.
"I started training for [the event] in October," he said. "I injured my shoulder snowboarding in November and really couldn't ramp up my training again until mid-January."
Sambula took top dead lift honors with his 550-pound lift. Only two other competitors, Ikenna Olelewe, 4 SOPS, and Byron Brown, 50th Space Communications Squadron, lifted more than 500 pounds. Takaski Williams pressed an impressive 350 pounds to win first place in the bench press, one of just five participants to lift more than 300 pounds.
On the female side, Ana Shockey, 50th Force Support Squadron, took top honors with Megan Crews and Grace Cho, both with 4 SOPS, finishing second and third, respectively.
"I just signed up for fun," Shockey said about the win. "I know participating in base fitness events gains points for the squadron. I just wanted to represent the squadron and get some [Commander's Cup] points."
Despite not making traditional weight training a part of her regular routine, Shockey recorded the highest bench press, 135 pounds, and dead lift, 265 pounds, among all female competitors.
"I didn't prepare [for the event]," she said. "I normally just Crossfit every day and I guess that just translated over."
To make the competition more fair for people of all sizes, rankings are based on the ratio of weight lifted to body weight. Between the two events, Ocampo lifted more than 460 percent of his body weight, Sambula lifted almost 458 percent and Brian Russell, 527th Space Aggressors Squadron, who finished third, was just shy of 450 percent.
"The format definitely encouraged me to participate the first year," Ocampo said.
For the women, Shockey lifted just under 300 percent of her body weight, Crews 261 percent and Cho just shy of 240 percent.
Shockey said the format seemed to even the playing field.
"I liked it because it was based on body weight," she said. "It's pretty fair for everybody."
The number of female participants in base fitness events continues to rise, and Shockey attributes that increase to a culture change within the fitness community.
"The whole culture of fitness is changing," Shockey said. "Before, females just focused on cardio or wanting to be skinny. Lifting won't get you bulky. There's beauty in strength."
Both Shockey and Ocampo said they would encourage anyone who is thinking about signing up for one of the monthly fitness events to do so.
"Definitely sign up," Ocampo said. "It gives you more incentive to train and you can see where you stand and try to improve year after year."
For more information about the monthly fitness events, contact the fitness center at 567-6628.
1st-Rodrigo Ocampo, 4th Space Operations Squadron
2nd-Gregory Sambula, 21st Medical Squadron
3rd-Brian Russell, 527th Space Aggressor Squadron
Bench press-Takaski Williams, 4 SOPS, 350 pounds
Dead lift-Sambula, 550 pounds
1st-Ana Shockey, 50th Force Support Squadron
2nd-Megan Crews, 4 SOPS
3rd-Grace Cho, 4 SOPS
Bench press-Shockey, 135 pounds
Dead lift-Shockey, 265 pounds