One of the tryout challenges looks easy. It isn't.
It is a strength test. One based on reps (repetitions) rather than total a single max lift. Reps are deceptive. Take a ten pound dumb bell and lift it straight up over your head. Easy. Now do it twenty times. Not easy.
Now understand the bar by itself is heavy. Forty pounds. Benching forty pounds is no problem for the Outlaw players.
But the forty pounds becomes heavier with reps. Ten reps and you're feeling it. Twenty and you're straining.
You've seen the theme in many of my posts - I love the way sport brings out the very best in people. I love the intensity as the athletes exert every bit of strength, energy, and will to do better than...
Well, better than the opponent in a game.
In tests like the benching challenge, better than themselves. Better than their last record.
I admire these ladies striving to improve performance. As a photographer, I want to capture the effort for you. A few athletes are more expressive than others, giving me some great photos. As I viewed these facial expressions in my photo editor, I found my own muscles tensing, brow furrowing, trying to lift imaginary weights as the athlete fought with real weight. Their effort is inspiring.
Note: If you feel a photo I posted isn't complimentary, let me know and I'll remove it. I'm doing this blog out of admiration for the Outlaws as a team and the players individually. I never intentionally post anything that might reflect badly on or might embarrass anyone. If I error, if there's a photo or article that doesn't support the team, let me know and I'll delete it.