Athletes Train For Monaca Strongman Competition

MONACA (KDKA) – A fitness club in Monaca has gone beyond barbells and rope climbing.

Two dozen fitness buffs will compete Saturday in a strongman event.

It was once a service station, but the guys aren’t changing tires, they’re flipping them.

Rick Daman shouts encouragement needed to shoulder 600 pounds of vulcanized rubber. Others pull their own weight and then some.

Daman’s strength training is an old-time fitness club. No air conditioning, just strength and sweat. The focus is on high school and college athletes.

“High school wrestling, high school football, college football, college wrestling. We have a lot of sports,” Daman said. “Get them in an environment where they can gain a competitive atmosphere, and just get better at their craft.”

That competitive atmosphere will heat up Saturday, in a strongman event that benefits the Epilepsy Foundation.

“We have about 25 athletes and we have 25 sponsors and we’re ready to go,” Daman said.

“Pushing the tires takes a lot of momentum, a lot of weight,” Preston Johnston said.

Beaver Falls graduate Dean Dinell played in the recent Pennsylvania-Ohio All-Star Game.

“I was really much more explosive, quicker. I felt much better than I was in high school,” Dinell said.

The event will begin at 10 p.m. on Saturday. Click here for more information.


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  • Anonymous

    This event is awesome, and I am glad to be one of the sponsers!
    Kevin Kerr
    Flesh Mechanics

    • Dianne Sarver

      This is an awesome event! Rick does a great job supporting the Epilepsy Foundation, and our daughter, Makenzie.

  • Dena Daman

    Event Details:
    Saturday, July 16
    10 am- 2 pm
    398 Sixth Street Monaca, PA 15061
    Strongman Competition benefits “Kenzie’s Krew” Epilepsy Foundation
    All are welcomed! Enjoy a healthy competition among athletes, DJ Drew Howard, MC Bob B., music, food, fun,etc.
    Interested in donating contact or call Rick at 724-601-1693 or Dena 724-462-9465

  • Dena Daman

    Come support Kenzie’s Krew!!!

  • Anonymous

    Is this a NAS sanctioned event?

  • Dena Daman

    This is a strongman fundraiser for high school and college athletes!
    This is not a NAS event. Thanks for inquiring!

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