One-hundred thirteen lifters will participate in the 22nd annual Sertoma Sunrise Warrior Liftathon on Wednesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. both days in the Brainerd High School strength room.
Participants include 88 boys and 25 girls from the Brainerd school district in grades 8-12. There are 12 fundraising teams with 9-10 lifters per team.
Each team includes at least one female and one junior high lifter. The teams will be captained by a Sertoma Sunrise Club member, who will seek pledges from the community on behalf of their team.
The Liftathon raises funds for charitable organizations and disadvantaged people in the Brainerd area, and also raises funds for improvements in the school district weight rooms.
Participants may also compete for T-shirts based upon Most Pounds Per Ounce guidelines. MPPO is a measure of a lifter’s overall strength in relation to body size. The lifter’s one-repetition maximum effort in each lift is added together, and then divided by the persons’s body weight to determine MPPO.
The lifts are the bench press, power clean and parallel squat.
T-shirts are awarded for MPPO performance level.
The boys standard is 4.00 or greater for lifters with a body weight under 250 pounds, and 3.50 for lifters with a body weight of 250 pounds or more.
The girls standard is 2.75 or more.
T-shirts are also awarded to lifters who have participated in the Liftathon a minimum of three years.
Stephen G. Nunnink MPPO scholarships are awarded to the top male and female lifter based upon MPPO performance. Nunnink initiated the MPPO concept when he founded the Brainerd strength program in 1975.
The Warrior Wall is a display area next to the high school weight room that recognizes the top 10 all-time MPPO in each grade, and the top 10 overall bench press, power clean and parallel squat performances for boys and girls since the Liftathon began in 1991.
Junior Courtney Ryan, the female MPPO winner in the 2011 Liftathon, returns to defend her MPPO title.
Several record performances are anticipated from boys and girls as a competitive field of participants will lift in this year’s event.
The event is free and open to the public.