Huntington native Jerry Whisenhunt, brought home two medals from the United States Powerlifting Association’s (USPA) The War competition, held on Saturday, April 23, in Perrysberg, Ohio.
Athletes participating in the meet were tested to ensure that they were drug-free.
“Throughout the meet, the quote I kept in mind during the meet was ‘As is our confidence, so is our capacity,’ by William Hazlitt,” said Whisenhunt.
Whisenhunt took first place 75kg junior (age 20 - 23) classic raw division.He also took second place 75kg open (age 24 - 35) classic raw division.
This was the 23-year old’s first meet.
However, he has been weightlifting for five years and actively engaged in powerlifting competition preparation for one year.
Not all of an athlete’s preparation for a powerlifting competition takes place in the gym. Good nutrition also is important. Adequate rest also is key to maximizing performance.
In the days leading up to the meet, cut 15 pounds off his weight. The day before the meet, he focused on eating carbs and drinking plenty of fluids.
According to the not-for-profit USPA, part of its mission is to provide education and uniform, high-quality competition throughout the U.S. It promotes drug-free weightlifting competitions.
When he’s not building his own muscles, Whisenhunt helps others reach their fitness goals. Whisenhunt works at Parkview YMCA in Huntington as a personal trainer and adult and youth group strength instructor.
“I wanted more from my performance, but I am happy with my placing and I had a lot of fun,” said Whisenhunt.
“I have some work to do. This is just the first meet in the books and I have plenty of pages left,” he said.