Tactical Strength Challenge is Saturday at Ridgeline Fitness

Strength competitions are usually geared to pair people by weight or size.

The heavyweights compete with the heavyweights and the lightweights with the lightweights.

For Saturday’s Tactical Strength Challenge at Ridgeline Fitness, the competitors are tested in a less traditional way. The challenge is a three-exercise competition that tests in deadlift, pull-ups and kettlebell snatch.

There are no weight classes, it’s just men vs. men and women vs. women.

“These are three non-sport specific movement patterns,” said Adam Ford, the challenge organizer and owner of Ridgeline Fitness. “They do these competitions all over the world, and the results are posted so you can see how you do against someone in Denmark.”

The reason for no weight classes is because the competition is in overall strength.

“Deadlift is testing brute strength, and pull-ups are relative strength,” Ford said. “So someone heavier has the advantage in deadlift, but the lighter person has the advantage in the pull-ups.”

The kettlebell snatch is done in a five-minute testing period to see how many repetitions the competitor can do, which tests cardiovascular strength. The competitors’ finishes in all three events determine the winner.

“This is a simple event that’s easy to do for fun,” Ford said. “There is no entry fee, no governing body, no required uniform, it’s a way to give people a way to gauge progress and compete, but not have to revolve their life around it.”

There are three groupings for men and women: Novice, open and elite, but the only difference is the weight of the kettlebell.

The challenge begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Ridgeline Fitness, is located at 805 South Ave.

For more information, contact Ridgeline Fitness at 970-376-2522.


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