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Local strength training athletes win gold medals at recent powerlifting competition

July 4, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Frostbourne Strength and Fitness had 16 lifters attend the recent USA Powerlifting 36th Annual Florida State Open Championships held inside the Crowne Plaza, Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops. Every athlete who attended went home with a bronze medal or higher.

USA Powerlifting is the leading powerlifting organization in the United States and is a member of the International Powerlifting Federation, the governing body of powerlifting internationally. The IPF is comprised of member federations from 83 countries on six continents.

According to Events Director Robert Keller, the organization is a grassroots level championship within a sport that is recognized world-wide.

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Samantha Ocanas brought home two gold medals at this competition.


"What sets us apart from other organizations is that we are not for profit and we drug test. It's the cornerstone of our organization," explains Keller.

According to Frostbourne's Head Coach/Owner, Samuel Trawick, they have been pushing for years to bring this competition back to Southwest Florida. Winners from this competition can go onto to compete at higher levels.

"Four people from our training center are going to be competing in this year's nationals," said Trawick.

Frostbourne Strength and Fitness, which is at 25 Homestead Road, Suite 29, in Lehigh Acres is one of a handful of strength training facilities in Florida.

"Our facility is very unique. We have USAPL/IPF certified equipment. I'm also USA Power Lifting certified and one of only strength training coaches in this part of Florida," said Trawick.

The facility has a group of knowledgeable coaches who also compete in power lifting competitions.

"We have a great team of coaches. Samantha Ocanas, who brought home two gold medals at this competition; Charles Samper, won two gold medals and Best Male Push-Pull and Eric Stevenson brought back a gold from his first meet. Coach David Deetscreek also brought home a gold medal and qualified for the nationals," said Trawick.

Samuel Trawick, David Deetscreek and Eric Stevenson are not only coaches and competitors, but part owners of Frostbourne's as well.

Head coach Trawick brought home two gold medals during the recent competition and set six state records. He is now ranked No. 3 in the country in power lifting. He is also the reigning Military Raw Nationals Champion in Master's II and open.

Trawick credits the teams' great success to the facilities coaches who have worked hard this year.

"I'm the anchor, but I can't do anything without the rest of this team," states Trawick.

According to Trawick, there are already plans for expanding and building of a larger facility.

"We plan to bring international events here to Lehigh Acres," said Trawick.

For more information on Frostbourne Strength and Fitness, visit or for information about USA Powerlifting visit



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