Athletes of all ages and capabilities competed at The Hub gym in High River on Saturday July 28, 2018 in a competitive powerlifting event.

Gym owner Lisa Szabon-Smith says lifting weight is an accessible test of strength.

"It's a great way of determining just how strong you really are, and despite what you might think, it's possible to get into at any age, we have seen lifters start at the age of 11, we even have a regular who is 86 years old who competes."

Ten women and eight men competed in the three core weightlifting exercises which include: dead lifts, back squats and the bench press.

Szabon-Smith says training in these core exercises are helpful, even in everyday life.

"Whether it's picking up kids or lifting or pulling boxes, we use these core muscles groups a lot in everyday life, so powerlifting can have great spill-over effects in and out of the gym."

Szabon-Smith says if you missed the event, there will be more to come at The Hub.

"We will definitely plan to be hosting one or two more meets in 2019 as well, we want to show High River that powerlifting is a viable option for remaining fit for men and women regardless of age."


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