Local men take first at world deadlift comp

by Loni Newby
Associate Editor

Brigham City resident and co-owner of The Body Shop in Willard, Adam Pixton, is happy with his performance at his first World Association of Bench Pressers and Deadlifters after he set a new Utah state deadlift record by 20 pounds and took first in his division at the world competition,
Pixton has dedicated his life toward seeking a healthy lifestyle, and sharing that with the members of his gym community; first as a body builder and now as a powerlifter. The Body Shop in Willard hosts around 200 members who participate in various levels of personal training, whether it be individually or through classes offered. The Body Shop has also earned a reputation for being able to accommodate the power lifters of the area.
The success of Pixton and another Brigham City resident, Jason Sacre, is encouraging to members toying with the idea of competing. Both competed in the WABDL World competition in Las Vegas, Nev. this weekend, each taking first place in their weight divisions. Pixton set a new state record with a 600.7 deadlift. Sacre managed to pull 650 pounds, in the 259 class. In addition, Sacre was named Outstanding Lifter; which is decided by a calculation comparing all heavy weight lifters, 200 pounds and up, to determine who performed the best based on age, weight and lift.
Both Pixton and Sacre and relatively new to the power lifting competition circuit, though Pixton competed for five years as a body builder, the training process is very different. Sacre is more experienced in powerlifting with just under two years of competition.
“My first contest was in June of 2014, at a WABDL meet. I loved doing it so much I competed again in Missoula, Mont., and Worlds in November all in 2014,” said Sacre, “In 2015 I competed in a total of four meets, including Worlds, and again all for the WABDL.”
Pixton’s first deadlift competition took place in June at the Rocky Mountain Regional in Salt Lake City, where he lifted 551 pounds. Pixton said, “We’re both really new to the sport. And you look at some of these guys we’re competing against that have been doing this for ten or fifteen years, some of these guys have been doing it a lot longer than that even.”
The amount of gains that these newcomers have pulled over such a short period of time is drawing attention among the competitors. Pixton began training in February, for the deadlift competition, his first competition in June qualified him to compete at Worlds, but Pixton felt like he left something on the table.
“This pretty much sums it up: In June I let a 573 lb dead lift beat me. I have busted my ass for the last 21 weeks trying to make improvements to be better than I was the last time,” Pixton said about his efforts in the days leading up to World competition, “Since then I have dead lifted 114,710 lbs off the floor and 116,765 lbs for upper dead lifts from my knees up to get me to this point. The work is done. Now with the WABDL World Championships in Vegas less than 36 hours away all that’s left to do is go take what is mine. Get some!”
That is exactly what Pixton did, despite his tall stature at 6’3” which puts him at a logistical disadvantage. Mechanically, in order to clear a deadlift the weight must be brought from floor to an erect posture, so the physical distance the weight must be lifted is greater for taller lifters than the distance lifted for more compact competitors, Pixton said, “It’s a short man’s game,” but that didn’t hold Pixton back from breaking the record.
Pixton and Sacre have been able to use the know-how of a weightlifting legend, they have adopted Gus Rethwisch, owner of the WABDL Federation as their mentor. Rethwisch, who now resides in Willard, has over 40 years experience. Rethwisch was the first person to ever deadlift 900 pounds, “When it comes to power lifting, Pixton said, “[Rethwisch] is the guy,” Pixton said, “He’s the one that’s been training us, showing us the ropes.”
Sacre began training at The Body Shop in 2013, he now considers it to be something of a second-home. It was through The Body Shop that Sacre was introduced to Rethwisch, “I met my coach and close friend, Gus, in February of 2014, which is when I started training as a powerlifter but mostly a deadlift specialist.”
“The Body shop has been great from the start. All the owners and especially Adam have been very supportive and helpful with all my training. If I ever needed anything they would make a special trip to the gym to help me out. The environment there with other gym members has also been great. People are excited for us and give us tons of support in the gym,” said Sacre.
The Body Shop is more of a full-facility gym, whereas there are some gyms in Ogden that are strictly geared for power lifting. “There’s a lot of guys that come out and lift heavy, but as far as competitive there are very few. I mean it’s a hard sport,” said Pixton, “It’s a different training style than just come out and lift weights everyday.”
“I think with this last meet and competition, now we’ve got some credibility with our techniques and styles that may start to draw more people that are interested in it,” said Pixton, “There’s a couple of guys that may start training with us, from Idaho, that may start to compete with us as a team.”
Sacre said, “Adam is a great training partner, he is very motivating. He has a lot of experience in the gym training as a body builder and loves to help out. The 2015 WABDL World Championships were a great success for us and we are just getting started.”
Pixton shares the perspective that the future holds great things, “The gains that we’re making and the progress we’re making in our gains and our lifts. I don’t see it slowing down any time soon. They say you don’t hit your stride until 5 and 10 years. So there’s still a lot of room for improvement.”


Box Elder boys taking second at Thanksgiving swim meet

The Box Elder High School boys’ swimming team started their season with a good showing at the Thanksgiving Invitational last weekend, taking second place overall out of 27 teams.
Paced by record-setting performances by Jaron Nelson, the Bees finished with 339 points, which was 40 points behind Viewmont, and nearly that many ahead of third-place Mountain Crest.
“Not bad, considering some of the competition,” said coach Jerry Hodgkinson.
Nelson earned Swimmer of the Meet award by breaking a meet record in the 200-free. Also at the meet, he broke Box Elder’s school record in the 200- and 100-free on the way to taking first in both those races. Travis Lott came in ninth in the 100-free to give the Bees two top 10 finishes in the race.
In the 500-free, Jared Laws and Stephen Jex came in sixth and seventh, respectively, for the Bees’ only other double-top 10 event.
Jaden Lerohl took ninth in the 100-breast, and was a member of the 400-free relay that took third. Other relay team members were Lott, Nelson and Ben Daines.
Box Elder’s girls’ team came in 14th out of 23 schools. The relay team of Kate Smith, Abby Frost, Megan Martin and Julie Heinig produced the girls’ best finish in either relays or individual events, coming in eighth in the 200-medley relay.



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