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CBC: Winnipegger lifts 5,900 kilograms in 1 hour for mental health

Alumnus and current grad student Nolan De Leon raised $3,000 for Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba

October 25, 2021 — 

As CBC Manitoba reports, Nolan De Leon, alumnus and current Master’s student in Physiology and Pathophysiology lifted the weight of an elephant on Saturday to bring attention to the elephant in the room — poor mental health.

Over the course of a what he called a gruelling hour, Nolan De Leon did 184 Turkish get-ups, using a 70-pound (32 kilogram) kettle bell. In total, he lifted nearly 5,900 kilograms, a little bit more than the average weight of an African elephant. That’s a hair over three Turkish get-ups every minute.

De Leon broke the Guinness world record for heaviest weight lifted by Turkish get-up (the previous record was 4,868 kg — 10,732.5 pounds), but he also raised just over $3,000 for Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba. 

He almost didn’t make it, though. 

“After the halfway point, I was kind of writing a speech in my head already saying, ‘Sorry, I can’t. I can’t keep doing this.’ I was really about to give up,” De Leon said in an interview on CBC Manitoba’s Weekend Morning Show on Sunday.

Read the full story on CBC Manitoba.

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