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Perham Power Works Gym owner wins big in Florida

LAKELAND, Fla. — Tom Haggenmiller, owner of Power Works Gym in Perham, set his dights on the Florida dead lift record for over a year.

Haggenmiller selected the oldest and toughest gym to train at in the sunshine state, All American Gym in Lakeland, Fla.

"I knew it was sure to be a heavy duty gym because the sign on the door said, 'If you didn't come to sweat, go home.'" Haggenmiller said.

All American Gym in central Florida has no air conditioning.

Haggenmiller competed a 12-week lifting schedule before the coming meet where he would attempt to break Bill Remley's record. Remley is a national record holder in four different weight classes and age categories holding the current dead lift mark of 457 pounds.

Haggenmiller competed April 20, completing three months of training and set the new record with a 463-pound dead lift on his second attempt. He also won the bench press division capping a successfull day of lifting.

The win qualfied Haggenmiller for the World Dead Lift and Bench Press Championships in Reno. Nev., this coming November. Haggenmiller finished third in the dead lift there last year. 

Haggenmiller is the owner of Power Works Gym in Perham located at 949 West Main Street next to Northwoods Church. 

"I will gladly help others if they would like to gain or lose weight, get stronger, or learn more about lfiting weights," he said.

Contact Tom at 651-366-1595.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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