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|Powerlifters Enjoying Railroad Days
|The sounds of clanging iron and applause filled the air on South Seminary Street late Saturday morning, but they had nothing to do with trains or the railroad.
They were the sounds of the 6th Annual Push/Pull Powerlifting Meet inside the garage at the Prairie Players Civic Theater. Two-dozen or so men challenged their strength and each other in the bench press and trap bar competitions.
One of the participants was former Galesburg resident Shane Olson, who now lives in Davenport, Iowa.
Olson, who weighs a little over 100 pounds, pulled up 320 pounds on the trap bar, much to the delight of the other weightlifters and spectators alike. The 25-year old says he's been competing in powerlifting events since he was about 16 years old.
Olson tells WGIL his size is part of the reason he's able to put up so much weight.
"I don't know how to really say it, it's just a lot of training, lot of hard work, spend a lot of time in the gym...concentration on everything that I do. Being the smaller guy I gotta be as big as the other guys."
The event is put on by Iron Works Gym in Galesburg. Owner Dave Fisher says this was the second year the meet was held at the Prairie Players Civic Theater, which puts it closer to many of the Railroad Days activities and helps draw more competitors who probably wouldn't otherwise come - and spectators.
He says people from places like Pontiac, Bloomington, Quincy and elsewhere have taken part in the local meet.
Pictures from Saturday's Push/Pull Powerlifting Meet in Galesburg
(WGIL news story and photos by Mike Perry)
|06 27 09 by Newsroom
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