UNION CITY — Ten years ago, if someone would have told Union City resident Kim Doutt that she would not only be competing in a power lifting competition, but also winning trophies, she would have never believed it.
“I would have told them they were crazy,” Doutt said.
Doutt, 53, who admits she never spent any time in a gym until six years ago at her daughter’s urging, recently won eight trophies and plaques at the 2014 Great Lakes Open Single Lift Championship in Erie. The competition is a 100 percent RAW Anti Drug Athletes United weightlifting event and was held at the Villa Maria Center.
“My daughter convinced me to start going to the gym with her and that’s how this all evolved,” Doutt said. “I had never done anything like that in my life. Now, I am at the gym every other day for about two hours at a time.”
In the 165 to 181 pound weight class in the 50 to 54 age group, Doutt took first in the bench press, earning a trophy for her weight group and age group for bench pressing 165 pounds.
She also placed first in the deadlift, earning two more trophies for her weight and age group. Weight achieved was 237 pounds. She placed first in the squat with a weight of 204 pounds, earning two trophies for both her age and weight group.
Doutt was also awarded a first place master overall trophy for three combined age groups and a second place trophy for overall weight class total. She set two master records and three state records.
There were a total of 90 women competitors.
This was Doutt’s second time participating in this competition. She competed in 2013, winning two trophies and two plaques.
“I did have a great motivator and I guess you could call a coach,” Doutt said. “Ray Wile, my former boss, has given me great encouragement at the gym to do more than my best. He is very proud of my accomplishments, too.”
Doutt trains at Jackson’s Gym in Bloomfield Township with a group of friends that encourage and push each other.
“I really enjoy it and I’m already training for next year,” Doutt said. “It’s a personal accomplishment.”
Doutt and her husband, Wes, live in Union Township. She is employed at Advanced Cast Products in Meadville.
She has two children and one grandchild. Her daughter, Ashley Shick, and her husband, Bruce, have an 18-month-old son, Ivan. Doutt’s son, Mark Peterson, and his wife, Alicia, live in Colorado.