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Exercise Science Students to Host Public Powerlifting Competition

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Exercise Science Club will host a powerlifting competition Nov. 14 at CrossFit Montoursville.

With categories for men and women, judged “pound for pound” (how much weight a person lifts per pound of body weight) the competition is open to anyone.

“It is open to the public, and because it is pound-for-pound, it is anyone’s game,” said Herndon resident Rayann J. Levan, Exercise Science Club president and a student in applied health studies: exercise science concentration at the college.

Competitors can sign up at CrossFit Montoursville on the day of the event beginning at 9 a.m. Doors open at 8 a.m., and the competition starts at 10. The entry fee is $10.

Funds from the event will be used to help students pay for certification once they complete their studies. Graduates of Penn College’s exercise science major are eligible to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s certified personal trainer exam.

About 20 club members are helping to prepare and staff the event, with help from CrossFit Montoursville and Penn College exercise science faculty.

“Students have been working on this all semester,” Levan said. “It has been months in the making.”

One of the goals of the Exercise Science Club is to provide the community with activities that promote sustained health and fitness. In addition, the event gives the students a unique chance to gain hands-on experience.

“Students will have opportunities to fill roles in a gym setting that they will be applying when they graduate,” Levan said. “They even have the opportunity to help manage an event that they may someday host at one of their own gyms.”

Penn College offers an associate degree in exercise science, which can be continued to a bachelor’s degree in applied health studies: exercise science concentration. The bachelor-degree courses can be completed online.

To learn more about the exercise science program at Penn College, call 570-327-4519.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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