Weight of a valve wrench: 2 lbs.
Weight of a water plant chemical bag: 50 lbs.
Weight of a vacuum hose: 100 lbs.
Devin Renner heaved a 557-pound deadlift; cranked a 407-pound bench press; and lowered 518 pounds in a squat.
He is one of two Basin Electric employees to rock weightlifting competitions this spring, proving strength outside the walls of the power plant.
Renner, equipment attendant at Leland Olds Station, participated in the Colorado State Powerlifting competition in Denver March 1 through the Natural Athlete Strength Association. Renner was awarded the State Championship Jacket for winning Best Overall Powerlifter out of 70 competitors at the event.
“The competitions are a blast and all the people are really good people. It’s not a competition of ‘I hope I do better than him.’ It’s more that you want to see everyone get big lifts,” Renner says.
Chris Lotvedt, mechanical technician I at Dry Fork Station, participated in the Energy Capital Indoor Strongman© competition March 22, in Gillette, WY, and took first place in the Novice Division. “That was my first sanctioned event in North American Strongman. I have competed in local events, but nothing on this scale,” Lotvedt says.
Learn more about the difference between powerlifting and Strongman competitions, and the employees’ training regimens, in the May/June 2014 issue of Basin Today.