SSG Gabriele Burgholzer, a member of the Army Warrior Fitness Team based at Fort Knox, Ky, will attempt to set a new women’s world record in the Mouser Block event at the Mammoth Strength Challenge V ProAm, Saturday, January 23 at the WKU L.D. Brown Expo Center in Bowling Green, Ky.

The world record attempt follows Burgholzer’s stellar performance capturing the top spot in the middleweight division at America’s Strongest Man and Woman contest in November 2020.

The current record stands at 175 lbs. On Jan. 23, Burgholzer will try for 200 lbs. The mouser block is a box filled with weights used during training and contests. Competitors must press the box over their head.

Burgholzer was selected to join the Army Warrior Fitness Team in 2019 and is currently the team’s only female strongman competitor. Fifteen Soldiers on the team participate in fitness competitions, like CrossFit, Strongman, Olympic Lifting and Ninja Warrior; while reaching out to students and athletic teams; and using social media to educate youth about Army life.

Staff Sgt. Burgholzer's distinguished fitness career began in 2018 when she competed in a bodybuilding competition and placed third in Women’s Physique. In April 2019, she placed 1st in the Hawaii Fit Expo Strongman competition and in June 2019 she competed at the Strongman competition “War on the Shore” placing 2nd, which secured her a spot in the Strongman Corps Nationals. There she placed 3rd and earned her Pro Card. In November 2019, she took 1st place at Roman & Roman Tampa Bay Strongman competition and in March 2020 she placed 4th at the Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championship.

Burgholzer was born in Steyr, Upper Austria, Austria, and graduated from Secondary College for Agriculture and Food Economics in Linz, Austria, in 2007. She joined the U.S. Army in 2013 and completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training for Healthcare Specialist at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She was assigned to 36th Area Support Medical Company, 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 44th Medical Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where she served as an Ambulance Aide/Driver, Emergency Care Sergeant, and as the Battalion Plan Sergeant for four years. Staff Sgt. Burgholzer was then selected to serve as a special operations forces recruiter in May 2017 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. In February 2019, Burgholzer tried out for the U.S. Army Warrior Fitness Team and has served in the position of the only female Strongman competitor since August 2019.

Staff Sgt. Burgholzer graduated from the following military schools: Bus Driver Course, Basic Leaders Course, Combatives Level 1, Digital Training Management System Course, Army Recruiter Course, Unit Prevention Leader Course, Advanced Leaders Course, and Senior Leaders Course.

Staff Sgt. Burgholzer's distinguished fitness career began in 2018 when she competed in a bodybuilding competition and placed third in Women’s Physique. In April 2019, she placed 1st in the Hawaii Fit Expo Strongman competition and in June 2019 she competed at the Strongman competition “War on the Shore” placing 2nd, which secured her a spot in the Strongman Corps Nationals. There she placed 3rd and earned her Pro Card. In November 2019, she took 1st place at Roman & Roman Tampa Bay Strongman competition and in March 2020 she placed 4th at the Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championship.

Her military awards include the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Driver’s/Mechanic Badge, Basic Recruiter Badge, nine Army Achievement Medals, and three Army Commendation Medals.

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