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Martinsburg gym holding Strongman Competition

Two men who plan to participate talk about what motivates them to compete

July 24, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com
  • Clement Tamasang plans to compete this weekend in the Martinsburg Gold's Gym Strongman Competition.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Clement Tamasang and Brandon Carter both can bench press more than 400 pounds, but neither is quite sure how well they will do pulling a 10,500-pound welding truck Saturday.

The truck pull is among eight events in the Martinsburg Gold’s Gym Strongman Competition, which Tamasang, 21, and Carter, 33, say they entered for the fun of it.

“I’m just going to go and show up,” said Tamasang, who plays defensive end on Shepherd University’s football team.

The competition at the gym at 167 Eagle School Road starts at 9 a.m.

As of Tuesday, 24 men were registered to compete in two weight divisions for the strongman title, cash prizes, gift certificates and nutritional supplements, according to organizer Ian Fritz, a member of the Gold’s Gym staff.

A plaque also will be placed at the gym to recognize their achievement.

“There’s some big boys in here,” Fritz said Tuesday.

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Carter, who has been lifting and training with weights for 13 years, said he always liked watching the strongman competitions on TV.

“I really admire those guys,” said Carter, who is a sectional manager for GNC nutrition stores. 

In addition to the truck pull, Saturday’s competition includes a railroad tie relay, dead lift, farmers walk, iron cross, atlas stones and flat bench events. Points will be given in each event to decide the winner of the strongman.

Carter said he is working to drop about six pounds from his 5-foot, 9-inch frame, which would put him in the lightweight division.

A competitive body builder, Carter said he served in the Army for three years and was a police officer in Virginia for several more, but always had an interest in weight lifting.

A native of Cameroon, Tamasang, who is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs in at 245, said he hasn’t been specifically training for any particular part of the event, but hopes his leg strength will help him with the truck pull.

“I’m just doing it for fun,” said Tamasang, who is majoring in criminal justice with a long range goal of becoming a U.S. Marshal.

People interested in watching the competition are welcome to visit the gym, which is holding an open house, and staging “fun day” activities for children in conjunction with strongman, according to Fritz.

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