|A Wisconsin National Guard Soldier became the latest
member of Fort McCoy’s exclusive 1,000-Pound Club by making quick work
of the required weight lifting.
Sgt. 1st Class Edwin Bonayon of the 54th Combat Support Team (Weapons of
Mass Destruction) of Madison, Wis., said he had been eyeing the contest
during his workouts at the Rumpel Fitness Center.
Sgt. 1st Class Edwin Bonayon completes a successful dead lift
during his effort to make the Rumpel Fitness Center 1,000-Pound
Club. Patrick Jerome of the fitness center staff verifies
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
“When I completed my military training, I was beginning to leave the
installation and head home, but then I decided to stop at the fitness
center before leaving,” Bonayon said. “I wanted to get a T-shirt and my
name on the plaque of the club members.”
With Rumpel Fitness Staff member Patrick Jerome acting as an
observer/judge, Bonayon easily lifted more than 1,000 pounds combined in
the dead lift, squat and bench press categories to join the club.
Females also can compete for a spot in the club by lifting a combined
400 pounds in the three categories.
Participants get two attempts to establish their best lifts in each
category. A 60-second time limit is in effect for each lift. Weights
must be controlled at all times, and judges’ decisions about qualifying
lifts are final.
Kregg Koscal, fitness center personal trainer, said the program
encourages patrons to become familiar with the benefits of weight
lifting as part of an overall fitness program.
“With Sergeant Bonayon, we have 23 males and one female in the club,”
Koscal said. “The program also challenges participants to do their best
and set goals to accomplish their fitness objectives.”
Appointments are encouraged to ensure a judge is available. Participants
won’t be turned away, however, if they don’t make an appointment and
personnel are available to judge the lifts, he said. The fitness center
offers a number of scheduled classes to authorized patrons to help them
develop a well-rounded fitness regimen, Koscal said.
For more information about fitness center offerings, visit the fitness
center at building 1122, call 608-388-2290 or visit the website