2015 Odd Haugen Strength Classic Platnium Plus

2015 Odd Haugen Strength Classic Platnium Plus

The Odd Haugen Chicago Strength Challenge is a NAS Platinum Plus Level contest OPEN to all qualified NAS member
athletes. The top three athletes in each weight class will qualify for the 2015 NAS National Championship and the Men’s Heavyweight and
Middleweight Champions will receive ASC Pro Card , the ALL Champions will get direct invites to the Arnold Amateur World Championship
ARNOLD Classic from ASC. Weight categories are: LWW 150lb; OpenW 151lb and above; LWM 175lb; MWM 231lb; OpenM 232lb and

"Strongman Mania!

"Strongman Mania!

3 contests under one roof! July 18, 2015 in Wilkes-Barre, PA there will be:

Plat Plus contest for LW PRO CARD
Level 2 Men’s competition
Level 1 Women’s competition

3 separate contests. Each contest with it’s own events. 15 different events will be seen in one day!

St. Louis’ Strongest Man and Woman

St. Louis’ Strongest Man and Woman

May 9, 2015

Featured Athlete

Kellye Brestan

Kellye Brestan

Training & Competing Since 2012

Illinois Army National Guard Soldier excels in Strongman Competition
Story by Spc. Kyle Hessenauer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Staff Sgt. Kellye Brestan of Bloomington, Illinois, recruiter for the Illinois Army National Guard, placed third in the North American Strongman (NAS) National Competition in Reno, Nevada, Oct. 4 and 5.

NAS is the premier amateur strongman corporation in the world. This event attracted more than 200 men and women to prove their strength against each other within their own weight class. Challenges ranged from lifting cars to throwing kegs.

“I have known Brestan for three years,” said 1st Sgt. Holly Donald of Peoria, Illinois, Recruiting and Retention Battalion. “When she first joined, she struggled to pass the Army fitness test. She decided to become fit and better as a recruiter. She wanted to be a better role model for future recruits.”

Brestan is the epitome of the noncommissioned officer creed. She lives the Army values and is the whole Soldier concept, said Donald.

“I train five to six days a week for a few hours a day,” said Brestan.” I started training for this competition three months ago and I have five months to train for the Arnold World championship in March. I had to drop 27 pounds for this competition, learn how to dead lift a car, carry a 1,150 pound wheel barrow, lift kegs over a bar and press one over my head.”

Brestan maintains her fit and healthy lifestyle for competitions, but also maintains Army standards.

“I stay active for my health and to inspire my Soldiers,” said Brestan. “I have a few Soldiers that have trained with me. I also have applicants I am currently training for weight loss and then they should be joining the Illinois Army National Guard.”

Comparing the competitive strongman lifestyle and being an Army recruiter has many similarities.

“I live a very structured life now, food measured out and my workouts are all very structured,” said Brestan. “I think that it all goes hand-in-hand, the structure I need in training and in recruiting. I plan everything so well now. Time management has never been more important.”

Placing third in the NAS competition, Brestan is just shy of obtaining the title of the World’s Strongest Woman.

“I don‘t think it has even set in that I am the third strongest in the nation,” said Brestan “I’m still in shock.”

Brestan said she plans to attend the Arnold World Championship in Columbus, Ohio, but will attend local charity shows until then to maintain her competitive shape.

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