Tillison Fitness in Orrville hosts USPA Powerlifting Championship

ORRVILLE – The past two months have been intense training for powerlifting athletes in the region.

For the first time in Wayne County, Tillison Fitness Warehouse will host the drug-tested USPA State Championship in Orrville. The event will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and end at 4 p.m., with an entry fee of $10 for the public and $5 for children.

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About 100 athletes between the ages of 15 and 70 registered for the competition. Many local athletes will be showing up as well as athletes from other states like Kansas and Iowa.

“It means the world to me to be able to host such an important state event like this in my hometown of Orrville,” said property owner Thad Tillison.

Train and train hard for powerlifting competition

Tillison will compete with 10 other members of his team of seven men and seven women. He created an intense workout to bring the team members to their maximum strength.

“We trained hard over a 12-week training cycle,” Tillison said.

Eleven members of the Tillison Fitness Orrville team will compete in the state weightlifting championship on Saturday at Tillison's Fitness Warehouse.  The full team consists of (front left) Jami Calame, Marissa Werntz, Anne Weiser, Regina Morlock, Lindsey Yungen, Kristin Moomaw and Janette Tillison;  (rear from left) Jeff Moomaw, Mitch Cyrus, Nick Corp, Thad Tillison, Anthony Rini, Seth Carpenter and Josh Williams.

Anthony Rini, 43, was a football player before joining Tillison’s powerlifting team. His first encounter was about two years ago in Marietta.

“I’ve always loved lifting weights, it gives me something more to work towards as a goal,” Rini said.

He trains almost every day for two to three hours, doing a lifting workout that includes bench presses, squats and deadlifts. For non-strength workouts like cardio, he trains for about an hour and a half.

The last week before the event, the Tillison team focuses on recovery by stretching and doing cardio exercises to warm up before the event.

“We also went to the chiropractor and the massage therapist to prep the body, just to get the blood moving and the muscles warmed up,” he said.

About 100 athletes between the ages of 15 and 70 have signed up for the USPA state powerlifting competition taking place Saturday at Tillison Fitness in Orrville.

Beginning by lifting 363 pounds on a bench, 435 pounds for squats, and 440 pounds for deadlifts, he aims to set the state bench press record for his age group and qualify for the World Cup meet. International Powerlifting League North America (IPL) in Missouri in November.

Women trade hard for powerlifting competition

Wooster's Lindsey Yungen trained to increase her state bench record to 220 pounds in powerlifting.

While the women also share the platform, Lindsey Yungen of Wooster is working hard to increase her state bench record to 220 pounds.

She has been training at Tillison for several years and the friendships she developed with the team encouraged her to take up powerlifting.

The USPA Championship counts as her fifth competition as she has competed in different championships in Ohio over the past three years.

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