Bonnyman Workout 2023 Open Recap

The Bonnyman Workout 2023 Open, which took place January 18-24, delivered another exciting competition, with last-minute leaderboard jockeying and some very interesting Donor Games firsts.

The Bonnyman Workout is a 1-rep max bench press followed by a 3-rep max deadlift to be completed within a 3-minute time cap. The final score is the composite ranking of the 2 lifts.

Kevin Kilkenny’s third video submission earned him the first-place spot in the men’s donor category, with a bench press max of 285 lbs and a 3-rep max deadlift of 405 lbs. After submitting four workout videos, Jason Elmore edged into second place with a 252-lb bench press and the highest 3-rep max deadlift at 485 lbs, an effort that pushed Justin King into fourth place. Kyle Bergeron rounded out the top three with a 265-lb bench press and a 3-rep max deadlift of 405 lbs, beating his prior deadlift by an amazing 106 lbs. (Perhaps the first pull was a decoy.)

A special shout out to Jay Irwin, who didn’t let the limited weight setup of a hotel gym in Japan stop him from competing. Taking a break from skiing, and still wearing his ski boots and bib, he improvised by adding kettle bells to the bar for his deadlift and converting from kilograms, turning in a seventh-place finish in the men’s donor category. 

In the women’s donor category, Donor Games veteran Mimi Mahon locked up first place, besting the rest of the field in both the bench press (165 lbs) and the 3-rep deadlift (350 lbs). Darlene Magsino turned in a last-minute competition video that vaulted her into second place with a bench press of 142 lbs and a deadlift of 335 lbs, and Roni Hays took the third-place spot with a bench press of 135 lbs and a deadlift of 283. If you feel like you’ve heard these three names before, you’re not wrong. Mimi, Darlene and Roni have been among the top five women’s donor finishers in eight previous Donor Games competitions, including taking the top three spots in four of those events.

Donor Games newcomer Wilson Du took first place in the transplant recipient men’s division with an amazing performance including a bench press max of 205 lbs and a dead lift of 305 lbs, and Nicki Mahon won the transplant recipient women’s division with a bench of 55 lbs and a deadlift of 142 lbs.

In the general men’s category, frequent Donor Games winner Shaphen Robinson dominated in both workout components, benching 415 lbs and pulling 585 lbs on the deadlift using perfect form. Ali Mahon-Pabon won the women’s general category with a 190-lb bench press and a deadlift of 360 lbs. 

In a Donor Games first, we had two sets of family members competing in the event: the Sullenbergers and the Mahons. Jon Sullenberger, who donated a kidney to his wife, took fifth place in the donor men’s category, while his wife Donna took second place in the women’s transplant recipient category and twins Kiana and Shanell tied for fifth in the general women category. Mimi Mahon, mom Nicki Mahon and sister Ali Mahon-Pabon made winning a family affair, taking first place in each of their categories.

Final Leaderboard

To view all submitted workouts (sample and full competition workouts) for the Mitch Workout 2022 Open, please visit our YouTube channel.

Living Donor: Men
Rank Participant Age State Video
1 Kevin Kilkenny 53 NY 285 1 405 3 4 Watch workout video
2 Jason Elmore 41 TX 252 3 485 1 4 Watch workout video
3 Kyle Bergeron 28 FL 265 2 405 3 5 Watch workout video
4 Justin King 44 AL 247 4 460 2 6 Watch workout video
5 Jon Sullenberger 60 WA 230 5 300 5 10 Watch workout video
6 Cornelius Bornman 46 MI 195 6 295 6 12 Watch workout video
7 Jay Irwin 56 CO 176 8 317 4 12 Watch workout video
8 Anonymous Donor 43 ME 195 6 275 7 13 Watch workout video
9 David Ashley 48 VA 185 7 275 7 14 Watch workout video
10 Jody Wilkins 51 WA 155 9 205 8 17 Watch workout video
Cody Maynard 27 TN DQ Watch workout video
Chris Sullivan 53 CO DNQ
Living Donor: Women
Rank Participant Age State Video
1 Mimi Mahon 34 OH 165 1 350 1 2 Watch workout video
2 Darlene Magsino 42 MD 142 2 335 2 4 Watch workout video
3 Roni Hays 25 MS 135 3 283 4 7 Watch workout video
4 Anna Cannington 55 MS 125 4 310 3 7 Watch workout video
5 Janet Walker 39 NY 135 3 245 5 8 Watch workout video
6 Kelly Schwierzke 53 ME 125 4 245 5 9 Watch workout video
7 McKenzie Hull 32 OH 125 4 185 8 12 Watch workout video
8 Molly Cropp 42 CO 110 5 215 7 12 Watch workout video
9 Amy Plourde 47 PA 95 6 220 6 12 Watch workout video
10 Andrea Alejandro 43 TX 95 6 165 9 15 Watch workout video
11 Emily Polet-Monterosso 35 MI 65 7 115 10 17 Watch workout video
Jodi Harskamp 47 AK DNQ
Sandra Reed 30 NY DNQ
Transplant Recipient: Men
Rank Participant Age State Video
1 Wilson Du 40 CA 205 1 305 1 2 Watch workout video
2 Robert Claybrook 41 AL 185 2 225 2 4 Watch workout video
Transplant Recipient: Women
Rank Participant Age State Video
1 Nicki Mahon 65 OH 55 2 145 1 3 Watch workout video
2 Donna Sullenberger 66 WA 60 1 105 3 4 Watch workout video
3 Merrill Walker 66 TX 55 2 140 2 4 Watch workout video
General: Men
Rank Participant Age State Video
1 Shaphen Robinson 35 OH 415 1 585 1 2 Watch workout video
2 Bradley Watkins 39 OH 345 3 555 2 5 Watch workout video
3 Joe Claire 44 OH 335 4 550 3 7 Watch workout video
4 Jason Callihan 42 OH 365 2 365 6 8 Watch workout video
5 Trevor Adaline 27 FL 315 5 485 4 9 Watch workout video
6 Edson DaCosta 44 NY 255 6 343 7 13 Watch workout video
7 Arber Loci 20 NY 225 7 315 9 16 Watch workout video
8 Ryan Meehan 40 CT 225 7 303 11 18 Watch workout video
9 Timothy Wan 47 NY 185 10 335 8 18 Watch workout video
10 Larry McMahon 43 CT 135 13 393 5 18 Watch workout video
11 Jose DeSouza 27 NY 205 8 303 11 19 Watch workout video
12 Kevin Nelson 45 CT 195 9 313 10 19 Watch workout video
13 Mark Zimmer 41 CT 185 10 225 13 23 Watch workout video
14 Sebastian Harris 32 CT 165 11 253 12 23 Watch workout video
15 Casey Schmitz 38 NY 155 12 253 12 24 Watch workout video
Greg Holt 37 CT DNQ
Jesse Moyer 43 OH DNQ
General: Women
Rank Participant Age State Video
1 Ali Mahon-Pabon 34 OH 190 1 360 4 5 Watch workout video
2 Shelby Donahue 33 CT 187 2 381 3 5 Watch workout video
3 Sarah Wright 41 IN 175 3 390 2 5 Watch workout video
4 Traci Ryder 35 OH 160 4 420 1 5 Watch workout video
T5 Kiana Sullenberger 28 WA 187 2 245 6 8 Watch workout video
T5 Shanell Sullenberger 28 WA 187 2 245 6 8 Watch workout video
6 Emily Jensen 25 TN 155 5 340 5 10 Watch workout video
7 Elida Loci 27 CT 65 6 143 7 13 Watch workout video

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DQ: Submission was disqualified by the judges due to form issue.

DNQ: Athlete did not complete the workout or otherwise meet the requirements to qualify for ranking within the category.

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