PEPPERTOWN – 2013 just keeps getting better for Power Zone as members from the gym recently won and placed in major local bodybuilding and powerlifting competitions.
Six competitors representing Power Zone recently placed at the NPC Total Body Championships held on Aug. 17 at the Tupelo Performing Arts Center.
Gym co-owner Eve Harmon picked up her first-ever bodybuilding victory when she placed first in the Class A Masters and Open divisions. She also was named top overall female. For Harmon, it was a long time coming.
“When I went up against another girl for the overall, we have to get into our poses and it is kind of like the audience judges the overall experience,” she said. “The whole audience began to yell, ‘Eve, you’ve got it.’ I started crying after that.”
Other gym participants included Jed Joslin, who placed first in Heavyweight, Open and Overall. Michael Chunn placed first in Teen, Junior Heavyweight and Junior Overall. Jared Thompson placed first in Physique Class A, while Kwame Williams won Junior Lightweight Bodybuilding. Competition newcomer Ben Johnson placed second in Teen Bodybuilding.
“I was really nervous, but thankfully I had a lot of support from the people up here at Power Zone,” Johnson said. “They helped me out a lot and gave me advice and tips.”
New world record
On the powerlifting side of things, Kevin Harmon accomplished a feat of strength three years in the making at the APA Magnolia State Iron Bash on Aug. 8 when he broke his world bench-press record in the 148-lb. weight class with a 610 lb. lift. His previous record stood at 605.
“I was very happy,” he said. “It was a long time coming.”
Harmon says he did a lot of reverse band work in preparation of the meet and looks to try to increase his record to an amazing 635 in the near future. As to how he plans to do that, it appears that he may already be closer than he originally thought.
“We got to looking at our weights a couple of days after the meet and they were all two pounds heavier (then their stated weight) so actually I did about 630,” Harmon said with a laugh.
Other gym lifters included Ciara Harmon, who placed first in the 113 lb. and overall female divisions with a total power lift of 520 lbs. that included a 100 lb. bench-press, 205 lb. squat and 215 lb. dead lift.
Joel Hill won the 242 lb. weight class bench-only event with a lift of 375 lbs.