Taneytown man has weighty ambition


July 18, 2002|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MANY YOUNG MEN like to lift weights and bulk up their muscles. But Taneytown resident Charlie Poole has taken it to the nth degree.

The 1998 graduate of Francis Scott Key High School earned the title Junior World Champion of the Musclemania Superbody, a competition held last month in Miami. Poole edged out other young amateurs from as far as Argentina, Ireland, Haiti and Spain.

Poole became interested in weightlifting when he was in high school and played fullback for the varsity football team. (He also won the state championship for discus throwing in 1998.)

"It started as a hobby," he said.

Back in high school, Poole bench-pressed 185 pounds. Today, he lifts 400 pounds.

While he lived in Florida, he trained under Lee Apperson, a bodybuilder in that area. He also became interested in competing in bodybuilding events on an amateur level. Dr. Richard Wheeler, who works at the University of Florida in Gainesville, sponsored him.

But Poole is back in Taneytown and training for a competition that will be held in November in California.

Last year, he competed in an event in Virginia but was repelled by what he saw.

"There was talk of performance enhancers," he said. "I was really turned off. I'm all natural. I rely on the right foods, and I'm also concerned about my health."

Poole said 80 percent of bodybuilding is diet - one low in carbohydrates and fat and high in protein. When he is not working out, Poole sells Herbalife products.

Asked if they are products for bodybuilders, Poole replied, "They're actually more for normal people, but they work well for bodybuilders, too."

Because he is an amateur, Poole does not earn prize money for winning competitions. He must turn professional for that. To turn pro, he said, he must win an overall title in any Musclemania competition or by special initiation by the producers of Musclemania.

"I hope to do it by next year," he said. "Once I become pro, I can win money in contests."

Antrim top-rated

The Smokehouse Restaurant at Antrim 1844 might as well put five stars next to its name. The Zagat rating guide, a national publication that judges restaurants, has given Antrim a 27-28-27 rating for its food, decor and service, respectively.

"It is so nice to get that kind of rating," said Jay Kramer, Antrim's manager. "You can't get any more than a 29. Of all the awards, that is the most coveted one."

Kramer said the publication reports what "the dining public" decides.

For Antrim, the publication had this to say: "Perfect in every way, gushes visitors to this pre-Civil War mansion near Gettysburg that's graced with magnificent gardens; inside, the opulent dining room is filled with many roaring fires and 19th-century period pieces set the mood; superb prix fixe New American meals; no wonder couples find it ideal for the seduction, the engagement and the wedding itself."

Kramer said the menu changes every day, but the restaurant is known for its corn-and-crab chowder.

The restaurant also has a 50-page wine list. Finding the right bottle out of 10,000 stored there is challenging, but "a lot of fun too," he added.

The restaurant is open seven days a week for dinner.

Vacation Bible School

Bible school reminders:

Taneytown Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to July 26 at the church at 4150 Sells Mill Road. The school's theme will be Amazon Outfitters. Information: 410-756-4444.

Bethel Assembly of God will feature "Going for Gold" for its Vacation Bible School, from 9 a.m. to noon Monday to July 22at the church, 2075 Fish and Game Road, Littlestown, Pa. The school is open to children ages 3 to 12. Information: 717-359-1313.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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