(WTNH)–They were throwing around some serious weight at the North Haven Raquet club this week at the “Battle of the Fittest” competition.
“It’s just a friendly contest to get everybody together,” said gym director Luis Serrano. “I mean, this is a family-oriented gym, you know. We know your name when you come in and we say goodbye to you when you walk out.”
One of the names that people at the gym were talking about–Tom Unger.
The former head coach of the Guilford High School football team says competitions like this are what keep him fit.
“It gave me a little extra motivation, when you’re no longer a competitive athlete, you have to find the little things to keep your interest,” Unger said.
Unger was one of the competitors in the contest, benching 370 pounds and deadlifting more than 300 as well. Although his playing days are long behind him, he still makes it a point to help others get to the gym.
“Throughout my post-sport life I’ve always tried to give back to the kids I coached, and give them that same ability to learn how to do things correctly. And I want to be a good role model too,” he said.
19-year-old Hunter Coughlin has played sports all his life, and now that his high school playing days are behind him, he’s a regular at the gym.
“It’s a key aspect in my life, and I want to keep it going until I’m old enough where I can’t do it anymore,” he said.
Justin Sumter, an up and coming MMA fighter was also at the fitness competition to root on some of the participants. He said events like this get him fired up.
“That competitive edge that I have just drives it a little bit harder, seeing people push themselves to the limit trying to achieve that common goal of lifting the weight,” Sumter said.
“I can transfer that over to fighting. It gets me pumped and ready to fight.”