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THE BRUNSWICK feBEACON ~D
THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 19. 1991 j?
Powerlifting Police Officers
Prepare For State
BY TKKRY POPK
Some Brunswick County law enforce
ment officers arc carrying a heavy
weight on their shoulders.
For three days a week, two hours each
session, they have been lilting weights to
prepare for the N.C. Stale Police Olympics
competition in Charlotte next week.
A group of local officers plan to not only
attend the Sept. 27-29 event, but to also
make new friends and bring back some tro
"Nothing but first place," said Bob
Hoagland of Ocean Isle Beach, a retired
Charlotte police officer and now an auxil
iary deputy for Brunswick County.
Hoagland has been participating for nine
years in the wcighllifling competition and
last year captured first place in both power
lifting and bench press for officers ages 50
Powerlifters lift weights for strength and
to help them stay fit. It is not to be confused
wiih bodybuilding, where the emphasis is
on using weights to improve muscle tone
and a person's physique.
"Powerlifting is a strength sport," said
Hoagland. "You have to train differently lor
It is also a sport that involves concentra
tion. In competitions, the key to success can
often be linked to a person's frame of mind,
"It's 80 percent mental." said Hoagland.
"The least little thing will do you in. II you
get a mental block and you've got a weight
on your back, you're going down."
For instance, Hoagland once made an im
pressive 420-pound dcadlilt to win an
event, but only by accident. He had asked
for 4(H) pounds. Following the successful
lift, judges noticed 420 pounds had mistak
enly been placcd on the bar.
"If I had known that 420 pounds was on
that bar," said Hoagland, "it'd never come
In another event, a split in the mat below
his feel threw his concentration oil .
Something as simple as the color of the
weights can also psychologically defeat a
powcrlifier, he said.
Sheriff's Deputy George Stanley last year
participated in his first police Olympics and
brought back a lirsi place trophy in power
lifting and another second-place trophy
when he bench pressed 430 pounds. While
it's an impressive suit. Stanley had just bat
tled back Irotn a case ol lite chicken pox be
fore that meet and wasn't quite up lo par.
He has bench pressed up to 480 pounds
with a competition pause, where the weight
must slop on the chest momentarily. He
hopes to win the Olympics event this year
with a 470-pound bench press.
Stanley will participate in the men's open
division, 242-pound weight class. Hoagland
will participate in the men's masters divi
sion, 181 -pound weight class.
"It keeps you strong," said Stanley. "It al
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is the key to lifting
weights, soys Deputy
Bob lloagland of
LEG WRAPS help
Officer Georgia Phelps
when doing squats
while in training.
I so makes you fee I good."
Southport Police Officer Georgia Phelps
placed first in powcrlifting in the women's
? 132-pound class and second place in the
, bench press. In her firsi competition, she
made an impressive 235-pound deadlift.
"It relieves stress," said Ms. Phelps.
She has looked forward to returning to
competition against her fellow officers. A
car accident following last year's meet kept
her out of training for a while.
"You gel to meet a lot of different people
at the events," said Ms. Phelps, "and I enjoy
that pan of it, loo."
Local officers participate in the events at
their own expense. Hoagland has a weight
room at his home where he also helps to
train people interested in lilting weights for
strength instead of bodybuilding.
"We don't train anybody that's on
steroids," said Hoagland.
Anabolic steroids are drugs that speed
muscle growth but are also linked to harm
ful side effects. They can cause serious in
juries when the muscles outgrow a person's
1"I won't train anyone that smokes cither."
he added. "Anybody that smokes is not seri
ous about their health."
Hoagland began training Stanley ;uul Ms.
Phelps last spring. He believes each has al
ready earned a reputation as one ol the top
competitors in their categories.
"These guys here are going u> Iv great ii
ihey stay with it." said Hoagland. "When
they walk into the meetings, people will
say, 'There's George and Georgia. I've
wasted my time preparing lor this one.'
They'll pack up and leave."
Southport Police Olticer Tim Capers and
N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Jerry Dove
also plan to participate in the Olympics next
week. A Brunswick County trooper has
won the "Toughest Cop Alive" competition
at the Olympics for two years straight.
In 19Xl>, Dove won the event, hut chose
not to participate last year. Instead, lie en
tered the wcighllifling competition and cap
tured a lirst-place award in the bench press.
Last year, Brunswick County Stale
Trooper Roy Murray won the top cop event,
which includes a five-kilometer run, both
pistol and shotgun firing, wcighllifling and
a l(K)-meier dash. He also won a gold
medal in the obstacle course run and a sil
ver medal in weighUifting.
Winners can qualify lor the International
Police Olympics, which will be held in
Raleigh in May. Hoagland hopes Brunswick
County will have representatives iheie. in
He is confident of bringing home anoiliei
state title next week.
"I'm going to win first place." he s;ik!
Pointing to Stanley and Ms. I'helps. Ik
adds, "1 hope they do. too."
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