Wounded Warriors empowered by powerlifting

Wounded service members compete in weight-lifting competition

SAN ANTONIO - About 17 Wounded Warriors competed Sunday in the 2012 Shamrock American Hero Power Classic in San Antonio.

The power-lifting competition brings together wounded service members who take part in rehab programs offered by the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Wounded Warriors competed in squat, dead-lift and bench press.

Organizers of the competition say the weight training helps empower the wounded warriors who are adapting to life after their injuries.

"Today (Sunday) was just a friendly competition to get their feet wet, get them exposed to it," said Jill Mills, the World's Strongest Woman champion. "Some were not sure if they wanted to try it or not, but all of them said, 'That was so much fun. I'm glad we did it, Can we do it again.'"

"They had a clinic before they actually did their lifts so they get more details on how to do the lifts correctly," said Brandy Vela with the Wounded Warrior Project.

Trainers for the wounded service members say they weight-lift on a regular basis to help them with their rehab. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.


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