Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez

PACIFIC OCEAN – Thirty-five Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) competed in a Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored pullup contest, June 19.

Participants were given as much time as they needed to perform as many overhand pullups as they could without touching the floor.

“These contests are awesome because not only do they push people competitively, but it also brings everyone together and helps with morale,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Devi Laidley, from Philadelphia.

Laidley won the female category with 15 pullups and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Taven Olson, from Edmonds, Wash., won the male category with 35 pullups.

“Even though pullups are not a part of the Navy’s physical readiness test, it’s important to be physically well balanced,” said Jonathan Ciecko, Stennis’ Fit Boss. “I feel these competitions help promote fitness and an overall healthier lifestyle on the ship.”

Ciecko said future events will include squat, press, and deadlift contests. They will be done in addition to the range of afloat fitness activities already offered, which includes Zumba, yoga and spin classes.

“My goal for these contests is to show everybody that there is a healthy activity out there for everyone and help them understand that in the end you feel better because of it,” said Ciecko.

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