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(PHOTOS) Weightlifters push their bodies to the brink during 2024 Colt Breakers Strongman Competition

Winners in each division of Saturday's event are eligible to compete in the United States Strongman Nationals on June 8 in Denver.

Micheal Kozlowski from Rock Springs, Wyoming, throws his hands up in triumph after performing in the Atlas Stone to Shoulder Ladder portion of the strongman contest Saturday, April 13 in the parking lot of Pershing Plaza in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Punk-rock and bass-heavy beat tunes reverberated through the Pershing Boulevard parking lot Saturday during an amateur strongman competition.

Twenty male and female contestants hailing from Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska pushed themselves to the limit as they competed in five separate lifting events during the Colt Breakers Novice-Only Strongman Competition. The competition left some legs bruised and palms bloodied, but every contestant pulled through with each challenge, leaving their bodies exhausted but spirits brimming with accomplishment.

The competition was organized by Cheyenne fitness facility Above the Rest Training Systems. Travis Bogard, event director and owner of ATR, hosts the competition every April for amateur strongmen to test their strength. The Colt Breaker event is sanctioned by the United States Strongman athletic organization, and the following individuals qualify for the novice event:

  • Anyone who has never won a competition in the Novice Category accredited by United States Strongman.
  • Anyone who has never competed in the Open Category at a competition endorsed by United States Strongman.
Travis Bogard, owner of Above the Rest Training Systems in Cheyenne, explains to competitors the rules for the Sandbag Steeplechase portion of the contest Saturday, April 13 in the parking lot of Pershing Plaza in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

The 20 Colt Breakers competitors were split into divisions based on weight and sex. The lifters earned points while performing in five separate events:

  • Max Log Clean and Press: Competitors snatch and press a log overhead.
  • Atlas Stone to Shoulder Ladder: Strongmen lift a stone, adjust it onto one of their shoulders and balance it with one arm.
  • Duck Walk to Load Medley: Participants grip a handle attached to a stack of weights, carry it between their knees across a 30-foot path, and place it atop an 18-inch platform.
  • Death by Frame Deadlift: Competitors continually perform deadlift repetitions while holding a car frame as event organizers pack more weight onto the frame.
  • Sandbag Steeplechase: The strongmen clutch and carry weighted sandbags 20 feet to a bar, load it over the bar, and then carry it another 20 feet to place it atop a 44-inch-high platform.

First-place winners in each division earn their right to compete in Open Class competitions for USS. Saturday’s winners will be eligible to compete at the upcoming USS Nationals competition in Denver on June 8.

The following competitors placed in the top three for each division at Saturday’s event:

Women’s Lightweight (<165 pounds)

  1. Izzy Carbungco
  2. Kayla Ledvina
  3. Rebecca Aker

Women’s Heavyweight (>165 pounds)

  1. Kelsie Sherman
  2. Jasmine Potter
  3. Kaitlin Johnson

Men’s Lightweight (<220 pounds)

  1. Micheal Kozlowski
  2. Larry Loyd
  3. Mathew Kozlowski

Men’s Heavyweight (>220 pounds)

  1. Grant Conquest
  2. Petro Ivanusa
  3. Paige Chamberlain

The final results for each competitor, including their point totals, can be found here.

Larry Loyd from Glenrock, Wyoming, thrusts a log overhead for the Log Clean and Press during the lifting competition Saturday, April 13 in the parking lot of Pershing Plaza in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Dustin Gardner from Green River, Wyoming, flinches as he prepares to deadlift during the Death by Frame Deadlift portion of the lifting competition Saturday, April 13 in the parking lot of Pershing Plaza in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Nathan Vasquez from Rawlins, Wyoming, balances a 205-pound Atlas Stone on his shoulder Saturday, April 13 in the parking lot of Pershing Plaza in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Izzy Carbungco from Denver treks a 30-foot course while gripping 175 pounds-worth of plates for the Duck Walk to Load Medley during the strongman competition Saturday, April 13 in the parking lot of Pershing Plaza in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Mathew Kozlowski from Rock Springs, Wyoming, fist bumps an event organizer after carrying a stack of plates weighing 300 pounds Saturday, April 13 in the parking lot of Pershing Plaza in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Larry Loyd from Glencrock, Wyoming, pushes his body to the limit as he loads a 220-pound sandbag atop car tires during the Sandbag Steeplechase event Saturday, April 13 in the parking lot of Pershing Plaza in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Kelsie Sherman from Colorado Springs, Colorado, braces to pick up more weight during the Death by Frame Deadlift portion of the competition Saturday, April 13 in the parking lot of Pershing Plaza in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Burt Newman from Nebraska heaves a 180-pound Atlas Stone across his torso during a strongman contest Saturday, April 13 in the parking lot of Pershing Plaza in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Petro Ivanusa from Colorado loads a stack of plates onto an 18-inch-high platform Saturday, April 13 in the parking lot of Pershing Plaza in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Jasmine Potter from Longmont, Colorado, clutches a sandbag close to her as she moves to place it on a platform Saturday, April 13 in the parking lot of Pershing Plaza in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

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