The heavy duty lifting experts at Stertil-Koni had a lot to cheer about recently when one of their own, Erik Narvesen, a member of the company’s operations team in Stevensville, Md., set three U.S. national records in heavy duty power lifting.
Competing at the United Powerlifting Association (UPA) Championships held in Detroit earlier in January, Narvesen set national records in the Squat, lifting 410 lbs., the Deadlift, raising 500 lbs. and Total (Squat + Deadlift + Bench) at 1180 lbs.
This was only the second powerlifting competition for Erik, who competes in the Men’s Teenage “Raw” (without special lifting gear) 181.75 lbs (82.5 kg) weight division, but the experience was definitely a major lift. “It was a tremendous, surreal feeling,” he noted. “Scoring personal bests in a major competition is dream, but one that I work hard for every single day.”
And work hard he does. In addition to being an employee at Stertil-Koni and a dedicated powerlifting competitor who trains six days a week, he is also a student at Chesapeake College, studying to become a teacher.
Added Jean DellAmore, president of Stertil-Koni, “Erik is a true competitor who is able to focus on multiple, heavy tasks every single day. We are extremely proud of his accomplishments and he is an inspiration to us all.”