Second annual lifting contest draws visitors

Midwest Health and Performance, which just recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted the Second Annual Day of the Lifting Dead competition Saturday in conjunction with CrossFit, drawing participants from around Kansas and neighboring states.


“We’ve easily doubled,” facility owner Jared Martin said of the size of the competition over last year. “There’s no way we would’ve fit this many people in our old facility.”

While 18 people competed in 2015, about 35 came this year, with local competitors participating as well as those who traveled in from other Kansas cities and even Missouri and Arkansas.

The event included bench presses, squats, strict presses and rowing competitions throughout the day for anyone present. The events were judged by about 25 members of the Fort Scott Community College baseball team. Grant Hartman of Hartman Spine and Joint was also present for those who need physical attention.

The fitness center will hold an open house Thursday evening, 4:30-6:30 p.m., for those interested in learning about the workout classes available, including a beginners’ class which will start Monday evening.

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