Northwoods Adventure: Weightlifting Contest Helps Addicts On The Road To Recovery

Northwoods Adventure: Weightlifting Contest Helps Addicts On The Road To Recovery


CAPTAIN MIKKO KOIVU RETURNS. BUT THEY FALL 4-NOTHING AT HOME.>>THANKS, AJ.>>FITNESS AND WEIGHTLIFTING CAN BE GREAT NOT ONLY FOR YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH, BUT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH AS WELL. LAST WEEK IN LITTLE FALLS A WEIGHTLIFTING COMPETITION WAS HELD TO HELP BENEFIT PEOPLE FIGHTING ADDICTION IN THE BRAINERD LAKES AREA. OUR ANTHONY SCOTT HAS MORE IN THIS WEEKS NORTHWOODS ADVENTURE.>>WEIGHTS WERE STACKED AND LIFTED AS PEOPLE COMPETED AT THE SAVE BY STRENGTH EVENT TO SUPPORT MINNESOTA’S ADULT AND TEEN CHALLENGE.>>THIS IS ONE OF THE EVENTS THAT OUR GUYS REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO COMING IN. THEY TRAIN FOR IT WITH JAN EVERY DAY. IT’S JUST FOR THEM TO COME AND IT REALLY BUILDS THEIR CONFIDENCE. IT IS A BLESSING TO BE HERE FOR THIS.>>COMPETITORS OF ALL AGES COMPETED IN A FARMERS CARRY, DEAD LIFT, OVERHEAD PRESS AND A TIRE FLIPPING RELAY.>>WEIGHTS WERE NOT THE ONLY THING COMPETITORS WERE RAISING AT THE SAVE BY STRENGTH EVENT. THEY WERE ALSO RAISING MONEY FOR A GREAT CAUSE. DONATIONS WERE COLLECTED TO HELP SUPPORT MINNESOTA’S ADULT AND TEEN CHALLENGE, A CHRISTIAN-BASED DRUG AND ALCOHOL REHABILITATION CENTER THAT HAS HELPED OVER 1,000 PEOPLE OVERCOME ADDICTION IN THE BRAINERD AREA.>>TEEN CHALLENGE IS MY FOURTH TREATMENT. JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING.>>SOME COMPETITORS IN THE SAVE BY STRENGTH EVENT JUST WANTED TO TEST THEIR STRENGTH AND OTHERS WERE EITHER GRADUATES OR CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE ADULT AND TEEN CHALLENGE.>>I JUST GOT OUT OF JAIL. AND I’M DOING YOGA WITH THAT AWESOME WOMAN THERE AND I’M TRYING TO STAY ON THE RIGHT PATH AND THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.>>FITNESS IS ALSO AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE RECOVERY PROCESS FOR PEOPLE GOING THROUGH THE ADULT AND TEEN CHALLENGE.>>I DON’T KNOW IF ANYBODY REALIZES HOW IMPORTANT FITNESS IS TO A RECOVERY BECAUSE IT BUILDS THEIR MIND AS WELL AS THEIR BODY, AND IT’S JUST A GREAT OUTLET FOR THE GUYS ALSO. SO WHEN THEY DO GET OUT OF THE PROGRAM, THEY HAVE THIS TO FALL BACK ON IF THERE’S ANY STRESSFUL DAYS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.>>I USED TO USE DRUGS AND ALCOHOL FOR MY EMOTIONAL STABILITY AND NOW I CAN USE THINGS LIKE THIS, WEIGHT LIFTING FOR — TO BE ABLE TO BUILD MYSELF UP.>>THE DONATIONS FROM THE EVENT GO A LONG WAY IN KEEPING THE DOORS OPEN FOR THOSE SEEKING RECOVERY.>>13 MONTH PROGRAM. IT COSTS A LOT OF MONEY TO HELP THESE GUYS OUT. AND SO IF WE WANT ADDICTS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, THEN LET’S DO NOTHING. IF WE WANT TO HELP CLEAN UP OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND CREATE BETTER PARENTS, BETTER FATHERS, BETTER HUSBANDS, SPOUSES, SONS, UNCLES, WE NEED TO KEEP HELPING OUT.>>REPORTING FROM LITTLE FALLS,

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