TROY, N.Y. – Weightlifting during the Top Form Lift-off competition is about more than just pumping iron.
Most coaches would say the off-season is when players really get better and can use events like the Top Form Lift-Off to showcase what they've been working on.
Patrick Pastore and several of his teammates from the Christian Brothers Academy know it takes hard work in the off-season to win a sectional football title.
"Games are won before the games are even started," he said. "Right now this is just motivation to get better."
Pastore and his teammates are one of nearly 12 teams at the 2014 Top Form Lift-Off. The weightlifting competition has student athletes compete as a team and individually in the squat, deadlift and bench press.
"It's a team bonding thing as a whole, but individually it's a great confidence builder for the kids," CBA coach Joe Burke said.
It's a confidence booster because the kids are doing the work themselves without the aid of weightlifting supplements which is the focus of Top Form.
"We want them doing things the right way," Mike Reeves, Top Form Clifton Park owner, said. "Learning how to put the hard work in, no shortcuts - with that hard work and right training and right mindset, they can achieve great things."
Top Form Lift-Off was in danger of not having a location until Catholic Central High School agreed to host the competition.