Aaron Duvall recently started coaching the CHRISTUS Strength program through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. He has helped introduce the sport to newcomers as weight lifting grows in popularity across the ArkLaTex.
"Weight lifting and power lifting in this area isn't really a school sport. So this is somewhere these can come and be involved in this type of team sport of lifting weights," explained Duvall.
The program is one of 17 programs funded by Children’s Miracle Network and recently the network purchased high-tech equipment through fundraising donations for CHRISTUS Strength.
Jack French, 16, started lifting weights with the program one year ago.
"I didn't think I would be this strong when I started. I set goals for myself and then I beat those goals and now I have new goals," said French.
French said he joined the power lifting team after seeing some of his friends make major transformations. French himself lost 25 pounds.
“I looked a little better so that obviously helps. I feel like I'm nicer. If I'm having a bad day I can come in the gym and push myself. Then I lose all my anger so I can go out and be nice to people. The rest of my day is pretty much good," French said.
French and his team have the added benefit of using the new Rogue racks, bars, dumbbells and weights donated to the program.
"This new equipment is so nice. The old equipment was just used. We were constantly having to compete for the equipment. But now we have so much stuff that it's free from distractions and we can all use whatever," explained French.
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