Ebensburg gym to host breast cancer fundraiser

EBENSBURG – An Ebensburg fitness center is hosting a breast cancer fundraiser that pushes participants to challenge themselves. 

The second annual Barbels & Boobs is scheduled for Oct. 1 at Legends Strength & Fitness Warehouse at 324 Tanner Street. 

All proceeds from the event benefit the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center. 

Ashley Archangelo-Gray, who owns the fitness warehouse with husband, Logan, said they started the event last year “because there is an unbelievable need for support of all kinds: from raising awareness, to providing funding for treatment, and beyond.”

“We all have someone who has been affected by breast cancer,” Archangelo-Gray said. “At Legends, this disease hits home especially hard because we have had members, close relatives, and friends diagnosed with this chronic disease.”

Doors will open and check-in will take place from 11 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. the day of the event.

Heats will start at 12:15 p.m. and run every 30 minutes. 

Participants’ $30 registration includes entry fee, T-shirt, snacks and drinks. Anyone attending is encouraged to wear pink to show support for the cause. 

The workout challenge is to be completed with a partner, where repetitions can be divided in any way the two teammates choose. Running portions must be completed by each partner. 

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The first workout choice includes a 400-meter run followed by pull-ups, box jumps, lifting and another 400-meter run. 

The scaled workout challenge is a 400-meter run followed by burpees, box jumps, lifting and another 400-meter run. 

Box step-ups can be done in lieu of box jumps. 

The event will also have a youth division for three age groups. 

For those ages 4 to 6, the challenge includes kettlebell deadlifts, jumping pull-ups, burpees and a 100-meter run. 

The challenge for 7 to 9 year olds includes kettlebell deadlifts, jumping pull-ups, burpees and a 400-meter run.

Children from ages 10 to 13 can participate by completing a 400-meter run, deadlifts, dumbbell presses, burpees and a second 400-meter run. 

Staff will teach all movements prior to the workout and each child will have an adult helper to ensure safe form during the workout and to count repetitions, Archangelo-Gray said.  

For more information on the event, visit www.legendswarehousepa.com.