Students and faculty members put both their strength and endurance to the test at the “World’s Strongest Hog” competition hosted by the Student Recreation Center on Jan. 27.
Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Fitness and Wellness Coordinator, Joseph Secrest, organized the event because he felt it was something the students wanted and it would be a fun way for them to connect with each other.
“We received very positive reviews and are looking to offer the event again once we streamline the process,” Secrest said.
Men and women were separated and divided up into weight classes. There were five stations −squat, bench, pull downs, bicep curls and weighted step-ups. Each station was set up with a fixed amount of weight. The objective of the competition was to lift the highest total amount of weight in five minutes. The winners of each weight class received t-shirts and the overall champion received a belt.
Harmeet Singh, economics professor at TAMUK, won the overall competition. Singh happened to be passing by the recreation center after playing a bit of tennis to grab his gym bag when he was approached to participate in the event.
“I didn’t really hear about the event until five minutes before I signed up, and honestly, I signed up just to get a quick workout,” Singh said.
Singh said that during the last semester of his M.B.A studies, taking only one course, some free time opened up and he was persuaded into working out with his roommate.
“I started out with the lightest weights I could grab without getting too tired and without getting hurt, 40-50 minutes, 3-5 days a week,” Singh said.
Besides encouragement from his roommate to hit the gym, he also began working out so he could enjoy more food.
“I like working out but actually I like eating more, so I work out so that I can eat what I like,” Singh said.
Not only can he eat more because of working out but he also feels better.
“I’m sure my immune system has improved over the four to fives years I have been working out. I used to get allergies and sickness every once in a while. I don’t get sick very often now,” Singh said.
Winning “The World’s Strongest Hog” competition against 62 other competitors was a cool achievement for Singh, he said.
“I feel accomplished, I told my gym partner what I did and he was even pretty impressed,” Singh said. “Now he is set out to beat me in an unofficial competition we will have probably sometime this week.”
Singh recommends people to include exercise in their lives.
“I would like to encourage people to do more physical activity, it’s not just important for their lives, but the lives of the people around them,” Singh said.