Starting tomorrow, Aurora will play host to the International Powerlifting Federation World Masters Bench Press Championships. As explained in our cover story about tourism in Aurora, "Wish You Were Here!," local powerlifting champions Dan and Jennifer Gaudreau worked with the fledgling Visit Aurora to woo the competition -- Aurora's first world championship anything!
This weekend, more than one hundred lifters over forty years old -- hence, the "Masters" -- from 21 countries will compete at the Red Lion Hotel. The sport of powerlifting consists of three events: the bench press, the squat and the deadlift. This weekend's competition will focus on one, the bench press. In 2014, lifters will compete in all three when Aurora hosts the Men's and Women's Open World Championships, the big kahuna of powerlifting competitions.
So how much do these guys and gals lift? Weighing 320 pounds himself, Dan Gaudreau can squat 840 pounds and bench press 725. According to the interwebs, that's more than Arnold Schwarzenegger or Vin Diesel or this amazing eight-year-old.
And what does lifting twice your body weight look like? Check out the videos below. Or stop by the Red Lion, 3200 South Parker Road in Aurora, to see it in person. The competition is open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Day passes are $10 and a weekend pass is $25. Kids age ten and under are free.
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