Student weightlifter and biology major Alfredo Abrego wins 'Mr. HCC'
Oct 10, 2014
Dead lifts, squats, bench presses and seated rows.
If you can do any of these moves with precision and skill, great, but you probably won't do them any better than Alfredo Abrego.
Abrego is "Mr. HCC 2014." The 21-year-old HCC Central biology student earned the honor last week at the annual competition sponsored by the HCC Fitness Center. Abrego beat out 19 other males for the weightlifting title. He can bench press 355 pounds alone.
"I was very happy I won," said Abrego, who was a powerlifter and football player in high school. "Now that I know what I can do, I know what I want to do. I feel like I've accomplished something."
Abrego, who graduated from Manvel High School, was a walk-on, offensive line football player at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, (Division II). The 6'3" student received a scholarship for making the team, but came home to Houston when coaches there changed.
"I still have eligibility left and would like to play football again," said the 285-pounder, who is eyeing UH, HBU, West Texas or Midwestern to continue his collegiate career.
To win, Abrego (and all contestants) had to know the weight they could lift in each category (dead lift, squats, bench presses and seated rows) before the actual competition, then try for their personal best in three attempts on contest day. The highest of the three attempts would be the contestant's score in that category. When all scores were added up, Abrego came in first.
"We had 20 contestants, which is the most we've ever had," said Kristen Anderson-Ledeza, HCC Fitness Center manager. "The contest took two hours. I think having the new fitness center here really brought people out. Girls came to watch the guys. It went very well."
As the contest winner, Abrego receives free membership to the HCC fitness center for an entire year, which will save him $150. The future environmental scientist will likely take full advantage of it.
"I plan to keep weightlifting and getting in better shape overall."