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Norwin graduate wins deadlift competition at Monster Meet

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Quinten Cody, a 2010 Norwin graduate, holds 705 pounds at lockout position during the Pittsburgh Monster Meet on March 30, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh Airport hotel. Cody took first place in the Juniors division for competitors aged between 20 and 23 years old.

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Quinten Cody prepared for last month's Pittsburgh Monster Meet with the goal of lifting 650 pounds in the deadlift competition.

He adjusted that goal to 700 pounds leading up to the weightlifting competition, but he exceeded even that expectation.

Cody, a 2010 Norwin graduate, set a personal best with a 705-pound deadlift to win the junior division title at the Monster Meet. The junior division is open to competitors between 20 and 23 years old.

“I went to the meet and sat there for a long time because the meet was way longer than I expected,” Cody said. “But when it came go time, I was ready, I felt strong and I crushed it.”

The Pittsburgh Monster Meet contained about 200 competitors across several age divisions. The meet includes both a bench press and deadlift competition.

Cody was no stranger to the Monster Meet, having lifted 575 pounds while competing as a high school senior in 2010.

This time around, Cody competed in the 198-pound weight class, dropping 12 pounds in nine days leading up to the meet.

“(It) was a real pain in the butt, but I made it,” he said. “Then I restocked on fluids and food the day before and the day of.”

In preparation for the competition, Cody said he worked out for two-hour sessions four days a week at the Back Alley Gym in Irwin.

“Luckily, I have guys at the gym who fill my lifts, they give me spots and they help me out,” he said. “I couldn't have done it without them. One of the guys actually came with me to the meet. He's an older, more experienced lifter, and he helped me choose my attempts and get an overview of the competition.”

Cody also credited Dr. Wayne Loyer at Irwin Family Chiropractic for helping him get ready to compete after he suffered three injuries during his preparation for the competition.

At the Monster Meet, Cody said he lifted 675 pounds relatively easily during one of his earlier attempts.

In his final lift, he increased the weight to 705.

“(The bar) went up pretty quick,” Cody said.

Cody was determined as the winner in the junior class division based on the Schwartz Formula, which multiplies a competitor's top weight lifted by a coefficient that varies based on the competitor's weight. The lifter with the highest resulting number is declared the champion. For winning, Cody received a $300 prize.

After the Monster Meet, Cody believes he would likely be able to reach a maximum of 735 pounds on a deadlift right now.

Cody said he specialized in the deadlift until now, but now he plans to compete in full-scale weightlifting competitions that include deadlift, squats and the bench press. He said he would try to find a competition sometime in the coming months.

In addition to weightlifting, Cody is a fiction writer. He released his first book, “The Everto Addo,” when he was 20 years old, and he said he was now planning a fiction series.

“My two passions in life are lifting and writing,” Cody said. “They kind of complement each other. One is more brawn, and one is more brain.”

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5830, via email at dgulasy@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.

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