Warsaw Weightlifter Dreams Of Ukraine

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Brian Phillips and wife Lindsy have owned Warsaw Fitness for the past four years. He not only practices the fitness routines that he offers to members of his gym, but he excels in the skills that strengthen the physique as well as the health and well being of the body. He will compete in the American Powerlifting Association World Championship that takes place in Lutsk, Ukraine from May 16 to 19. He will be a contender in the categories of squats, bench presses and deadlifts. 
According to Wikipedia, powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts; squat, bench press, and deadlift.
Phillips qualified for the World Championship competition on December 15, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. He broke the world record in squats and all Missouri records in bench press, lifts and squats. He feels that he has a great chance of winning and says Dr. Porter is taking care of him as he prepares for the big event.
Phillips helps guide members of his gym to achieve their various fitness goals, and also offers personal training. He has been active in fitness endeavors for many years including fighting professionally for 13 to 14 years on television. He has also participated in physical fitness events in hometown and federation competitions. 
“The APA World Championship is the Super Bowl of powerlifting,” said Phillips. “All the best powerlifters will be there. There are trophies to be won!”
The trip to Lutsk, Ukraine will cost about $4,300 to $4,400 for Phillips. He has to get a passport; pay for his flights; hotel and equipment that includes shoes, knee wraps and a uniform. The local community has plans to help raise funds to send Phillips to the competition beginning with a 5K Run on April 6, put on by Mac Vorce. A Family Feud event and possible auction is also planned in the evening after the 5K. On April 7, Phillips plans a powerlifting competition at Warsaw Fitness. Spectators will be charged $5 and competitors $35. 
The American Powerlifting Association is a 32 year old federation affiliated with the sport. According to its website, it is the leading federation in the USA, and WPA (its international arm) is one of the largest international powerlifting organizations in the world.  It started on a small scale in 1986, and by 1987 was in full force with international affiliates.  The APA and WPA affiliates feature some of the strongest powerlifters on the planet, including Gary Heisey who performed a historical all time deadlift record of 925 pounds. One of the International Affiliates includes the one in Ukraine where the World Championship event will take place in May.