Exceeding their goals

The goal is the same in all three disciplines - to lift more than your previous best.

"It's just a sport," said Naughton. "It's a very gratifying sport - 90 percent of the time, you're competing against yourself. But it's still just a sport."

"It helps in terms of motivation, as well as in terms of conditioning," said Kevin Warren, Roz's father and a fellow competitor at Saturday's tournament.

Beyond individual achievements, there can be a team aspect to powerlifting. Naughton has assembled a team from his gym that goes out to regional and national tournaments sponsored by the Amateur American Powerlifting Federation - an organization that drug tests all of its competitors.

"We only enter drug-testing competitions," said Naughton. "With science, you can do better than you can with drugs. The science in strength training has come so far, you don't need drugs."

Like the gym itself, the team has a diverse age range from teens to senior citizens.

"I started training here for ice hockey, and he (Naughton) told me about the powerlifting team. So, I'm doing it during the off-season," said Feldman-Reich.

Ultimately, it's the satisfaction of lifting a little more each time that drives these powerlifters.

"I went somewhere else (to work out) for 18 years, and I'll never go back," said Cannizzaro. "I love it here."

"I'm just enjoying the ride and seeing where it takes me," said Feldman-Reich.""

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