One hundred ninety lifters will participate in the 18th annual Sertoma Sunrise Warrior Liftathon at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Brainerd High School strength room.
The 190 participants represent the largest group of lifters in Liftathon history, eclipsing 162 set in 2006. when 130 boys and 60 girls competed.
Each team includes at least three female and two junior high lifters. Teams are captained by a Sertoma Sunrise Club member who will seek pledges from the community on behalf of their team.
The Liftathon raises funds for disadvantaged people in the Brainerd area and also raises funds for improvements in the school district weight rooms.
Participants will 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, then divided by the person's body weight to determine MPPO. Lifts include the bench press, parallel squat and power clean.
T-shirts are awarded for MPPO performance level. The boys' standard is 4.0 or greater for lifters with a body weight of less than 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 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 best MPPOs in each grade and the top 10 best overall bench press, parallel squat and power clean performances for boys and girls since the Liftathon began.
The event is free and open to the public.
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