BYU-Idaho’s students get to test out their strength and stamina every Saturday during the Strongman competitions.
“Who doesn’t want to be the strongest man at BYU-Idaho?” asked Garet Butikofer, a junior studying exercise physiology, and the creator of the event.
BYU-I is having a Strongman competition every Saturday throughout the semester.
Butikofer said the Strongman competition came about because of his passion for lifting heavy weights and his past of participating in competitions. He said he wants to make this a more popular sport on campus.
Butikofer said the competition is full of unconventional lifting. He said maximum strength is used when pulling and pushing large, heavy objects.
“For example, there is an atlas stone competition where you lift a large round boulder onto a platform as many times as possible in one minute,” Butikofer said.
He said that lifting heavy is something students do because it is beneficial for the average person.
“I work out so I can create a healthy lifestyle for myself and family,” said Steve Craig, a senior studying construction management.
Craig said he wants to be healthy when he grows old, and he lifts heavy weights so he can build muscle and boost his metabolism.
“I workout so I can be healthy and do well at sports that I like to play on campus,” said Parker Davis, a junior studying business management.
Davis said he usually doesn’t lift heavy, but if he desires major muscle growth that’s what he would turn too.
Yates said she likes to lift heavy because it makes her feel strong and on top of the world.
“It makes me feel better about myself, and it makes me feel more energized, and it pumps me up,” Said Madison Yates, a sophomore studying education.
The Strongman competition is held every Saturday at 9 a.m. in the John W. Hart Building, according to the BYU-I Activities Web page.