Have you felt a burning desire to compete in a powerlifting competition? Who hasn't? The "Monumental Lift-Off" is coming back to Grand Junction, and it's less than a month away.

Grand Junction's very own Monument Fitness is hosting their 2nd annual "Monument Fitness Monumental Lift Off" powerlifting event. It's coming up Monday, May 27, 2019, so you better start training now.

Over the years, I've rounded up friends and jumped in the truck to drive to Denver or Greeley for weightlifting events. They're fun to watch, and more fun to compete in. Those days are long behind me. Fortunately, there's an event coming to the Valley. No more having to drive over the mountain to see a weightlifting event.

With the Monumental Lift Off, there are three weight classes for men and women. Events include:

  • Bench Press
  • Squat
  • Deadlift

You can enter one category, or all three. Prizes from Insane Labz will be awarded in each category, not to mention prizes for the competitor with the most "overall" weight lifted.

There are a handful of other events, including push-ups, pull-ups, one-mile run, dips, row, and Stairclimber. There's no fee to enter those events. I'm thinking there's no trophy, either. Winners receive "bragging rights."

Costs to compete = $0.00. That's right, there's no entry fee. The competition is open to both members and non-members at Monument Fitness.

Should you compete in this? Maybe. Should you make an effort to train to compete in this? Definitely. Here are my top five reasons why.

  • Weightlifting events don't roll around very often in Grand Junction
  • Every weightlifter had to start sometime. Why not give it a shot?
  • Even if you don't compete, training to do so might be the push you need to get started
  • You'll be surrounded by people with the same objective
  • This might open the door to your next adventure

During the event, the gym's next door neighbor, Monument Village Coffee Shop, will be offering breakfast specials.

Make a point to attend. Why not compete? Okay, May 27 is coming up quick. That may be, but again, every weightlifter, whether they were a competitor or just a casual lifter looking to get in shape, had to start somewhere.