After a long day at work at their day jobs, three friends converge at the James City County Recreation Center once a week.
Brothers, Knight and Kimber Smith and Jeremy Elston moonlight as weightlifters.
The three all varying in age finished in first place and set world records in their respective weight classes at the 2017 IPA National Powerlifting Championships in York, Pa. and are preparing for their next competition in June.
Kimber Smith, 60, is the oldest member of the trio but the newest to powerlifting. Smith, who weighs 148 pounds, bench pressed 202.5 pounds at the York competition.
Kimber, the chief operations officer at Berkshire Hathaway and the president of the Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors, joined his brother and Elston, 14 months ago.
Berkshire Hathaway is a national real estate organization with offices along the Peninsula including in Newport News and Hampton.
Elston and Knight Smith, both work in law enforcement and began lifting together through a mutual friend.
Elston is a Williamsburg police officer and Knight Smith is a sheriff’s deputy for Williamsburg and James City County.
After watching Kimber lift one day, Knight decided to recruit his brother into competition powerlifting.
“I was in and out of the gym for years, just trying to keep in shape,” said Kimber Smith, during a weightlifting session at the James City County Recreation Center on Thursday night. “Then Knight told me the weight I was lifting was close to competition weight for my age and that convinced me to start training seriously.”
Total powerlifting meets include squats, deadlifts and bench press, according to Knight Smith. However, the three friends specialize in the bench press exclusively.
Since teaming up, the trio has participated in three competitions including one in Norfolk.
At the York competition, Elston, 38, who weighs 220 pounds, bench pressed 410 pounds. Knight Smith, 56, weighs 242 pounds and bench pressed 417.5 pounds.
“It was collectively our best meet in recent memory,” Elston said.
All three of the weightlifters said they hope to improve on their York scores at the next competition in Warrenton in June.
As important to the crew as improving their scores is practicing everyday living a healthy lifestyle.
“It makes a huge difference as far as stress relief, you can come to the gym having a bad day but usually when you leave here, you feel great if you done a good workout,” Elston said.
“It helps balance my work day a lot,” Kimber Smith said. “It gets your mind completely away from the office.”