Ellsworth firefighter lifts his way to the top

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  • By Airman 1st Class Hrair H. Palyan
  • 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
With the beginning of a new year, many seek to change or establish goals that are geared toward improving a variety of aspects in their lives.

For Senior Airman Brandon Stout, 28th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire and Emergency Services driver and operator, the new year brought little change to his goal - one that requires him to push his limits in the weight room and compete against the world's strongest power lifters.

Stout devotes two hours a day to a strict weightlifting regimen. When coupled with his diet, it has helped him achieve top rankings in the 165 pound junior and open divisions in the powerlifting arena.

"As a firefighter, I have to keep in shape," Stout said. "With the long hours and training that we do, it benefits me to devote extra time to make sure I can meet all the demands that are required of me in the line of duty."

His most recent accomplishments include winning the 2012 Wyoming Powerlifting State Championship, the 2012 Sioux Empire Bench Press Championship, and the 2012 Ellsworth's Strongest Championship. He is also the current state record holder for South Dakota and Wyoming in the squat, bench press, deadlift and total categories.

"He is the one you want breaking down the door to get you out of a fire" said Staff Sgt. Cody Simpson, 28th CES FES crew chief. "Whether on or off duty, he utilizes all available time to increase his lifting capabilities and learn how to better his performance."

The 22 year old from Holly, Mich., said he has been powerlifting for eight months and utilizes the gym on base and at the fire department to work out. He explained how following a strict six-day diet - leaving one day for his "sweet tooth" - has greatly helped him obtain results on all of his primary workouts including squat, bench press and deadlift.

After winning four championships, Stout has set his sights on competing in his first national tournament. He has set a goal to win the 21st Annual U.S. Military Powerlifting Championship in March 2013, and compete at the world level later on.

"His hard work and dedication have qualified him to compete at the national level," said Tech. Sgt. Blaine Holland, 28th CES FES assistant chief of operations. "With his determination and positive attitude there is no doubt that he will place well. As he continues to climb up the powerlifting rankings he will be an exciting athlete to watch brake records and push the limits all across the country."