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“Battle of the Belles III” coming to Norwalk

By Punch Kettlebell Gym

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On Sunday, October 7th, Punch Kettlebell Gym of Norwalk, located at 345 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851, will host the “Battle of the Belles III,” its third annual strongwoman competition. The event, which is open to all novice females and will feature some of the gym’s standout members, will raise funds for the Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center at the Stamford Hospital.

Participants will compete in a total of five events, featuring tire flip and sled drag medley, deadlifts, log clean and press, farmers walk and Jeep Wrangler pull medley and atlas stones. Women will be segmented into either a novice or pro category and will complete all events in their appropriate division.

“We feel a strongwoman competition is an ideal way to highlight the inherent strengths – both mental and physical – that women possess,” said Stefanie Tropea, head trainer and co-owner of Punch Kettlebell Gym of Norwalk. “We are happy to donate a portion of our proceeds to the Bennett Cancer Center, which serves the needs of women right here in our own community. The last two years events were a huge success in raising over $1,200 for the Bennett Cancer Center and we are expecting this year to be even bigger.”

Tropea, notes that while many people don’t typically associate strongman events with females, there is a growing population of women who are making a name for themselves in the sport. She says that with the proper technique and training, both of which are provided at her gym, women of all shapes and sizes can master the art of lifting heavy things.

“Strongman training empowers women to challenge their bodies and personal fitness goals,” said Tropea. “It’s a fitting metaphor for the battle many women face when they’re diagnosed with breast cancer or other terminable diseases.”

While participation in the event is reserved for novice females, the public is encouraged to attend and view the competition. Official rules will be read at 9:30 a.m. and the competition will kick off promptly at 10 a.m.

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