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Schriever bench press record falls

David Anthony bench presses 475 pounds during the Schriever Benchpress and Dead Lift competition here Jan. 24. Anthony set a new all-time Schriever record with the lift.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

David Anthony bench presses 475 pounds during the Schriever Benchpress and Dead Lift competition here Jan. 24. Anthony set a new all-time Schriever record with the lift. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Jennea Jenkins dead lifts 225 pounds during the Schriever Bench Press and Dead Lift competition Jan. 24. Jenkins also bench pressed 130 pounds to earn first place in the overall female competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Jennea Jenkins dead lifts 225 pounds during the Schriever Bench Press and Dead Lift competition Jan. 24. Jenkins also bench pressed 130 pounds to earn first place in the overall female competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE -- David Anthony admits he wasn't feeling up to par Jan. 24.

As he prepared for his first lift in the annual Schriever Benchpress and Deadlift competition at the fitness center weight room, he tried to psyche himself up, but he feared that wouldn't quite be enough to overcome a weak muscle day.

It turns out he had nothing to worry about.

As a room full of cheering competitors looked on, Anthony bench pressed 475 pounds to set the all-time Schriever record.

"It's great to set a record, but my personal best is 510 pounds," he said. "Still, I'm recovering from a knee injury so I'm happy to be making progress."

Anthony has been training in the weight room every other day and is planning to compete in the Armed Forces Power Lifting Competition in Dallas this summer.

Jennea Jenkins has been training regularly as well, and her efforts paid off in a victory. She set personal-best lifts in both the bench press and dead lift events while winning the overall female competition.

"Last year's event was my first competition," she said. "I also didn't have a lot of time to train for it because I heard about it at the last minute, but this year I trained for a good two months."

She bench pressed 130 pounds and dead lifted 225, eclipsing last year's lifts by 20 pounds each.

"I grew up playing soccer and running track," said the 5-foot, 120-pound Senior Airman. "I didn't start weight training until after I joined the Air Force."

Hooked instantly, Jenkins continued lifting when she hit Schriever. She's now a relative veteran and even teaches weight training to some of her coworkers' spouses."

As a means for drawing participation and to be fair to people of different sizes, event director Seth Cannello set the competition up based on ratio of weight lifted to body weight, so all participants can compete on an even level.

Jenkins edged Chantel Anderson for the female title while 138-pound Rodrigo Ocampo took the male overall title after bench pressing 235 pounds and dead lifting 360.

Combining the two events, Ocampo lifted more than four times his body weight to edge 197-pound Gregory Sambula, who took second place overall after bench pressing 300 pounds and dead lifting 525.

"One of the best aspects of this competition is seeing friends, coworkers and competitors cheering each other on," Cannello said. "It creates an electric atmosphere and I think that's one reason people often set personal records when they compete here."

The fitness center hosts the Schriever Bench Press and Dead Lift Competition each January. Contact the fitness center at 567-6628 for information on next year's event or for tips and advice on weight training.
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