This past weekend the Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) Summer Games were held at The College of New Jersey. HealthQuest has a long standing relationship with the Special Olympics and great respect for the athletes that compete in the games. Tony Tierno, Director of Fitness and Human Performance at HealthQuest, is the Powerlifting Director for SONJ with over 25 years of involvement in the organization. Faith Cust, Executive Director of Operations at HealthQuest, acts as Assistant Powerlifting Director at SONJ with 15 years of experience in the organization. Regional qualifying for the state level competition was held at HealthQuest on April 20th and our has been an important training center for many athletes over the years.
Bari-Kim Goldrosen is one such athlete that routinely trains in the facility with Certified Personal Trainer, Chad Zaengle. Bari-Kim broke her own state record this year with a deadlift of 165 pounds. Her previous record was 140 pounds. Bari-Kim represents the Matheny School in competition.
The big headline of the weekend in the powerlifting competition was Steve Kryspin breaking 3 state records. Weighing in at only 220 pounds, Steve recorded a 475 pound deadlift, 425 pound squat, and a combined powerlift weight (deadlift, squat, benchpress) of 1,175 pounds.
HealthQuest supports and congratualtes all the athletes competing in the Special Olympics and we encourage you to learn more about the games by contacting Tony Tierno or Faith Cust here at HealthQuest or by visiting the SONJ website at http://www.sonj.org/