Hit the gym for a good cause


Leave your activewear at home and dust off your ball dresses and tuxedos for Ethos Athletica’s Deadlift in a Dress Charity Lift Off.

While black tie and power lifting are an unlikely pairing, the director at the North Perth gym, Marilyn Tuna, doesn’t take hard work and progress too seriously.

“I think we all need a good laugh,” Tuna told AAA.

“I really want to invite people of any ability to be able to come and have a bit of a laugh, just be a bit silly, and raise money for mental health. That’s something that we really need to be focusing on through these times.”

The competition on Saturday is open to all abilities whether you’re a gym junkie or have never stepped foot in a fitness establishment.

All the funds from registrations, which can be done by contacting Ethos Athletica, will be donated to R U OK? — a harm prevention charity that encourages people to stay connected and have conversations that can help others through difficult times in their lives.

Unlike conventional power lifting competitions, where participants complete three lifts, the judges will assess one lift in addition to “style, grace and sass”.

“It’s the full package,” Tuna said.

Admittedly it’s a bit hard to squat in a gown, but Tuna isn’t stopping anyone from busting a few dance moves as they strut up to the bar or show off their results.

“If someone wants to do a clean and jerk in a dress be my guest,” she said.

Coaches will be on hand to guide beginners through basic lifting technique and spectators are welcome.

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