Warsaw Man Breaks World Weight Lifting Record

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
On December 15, 2018, Brian Phillips, owner and operator of Warsaw Fitness, broke the American Power Lifting Association American and the World squat records at Wellaware Center in St. Louis, MO.
The 35 year old Phillips, at 181 pounds, broke the old record of 562 pounds with a lift of 600 pounds in the 33-39 age group.
All in all, Phillips broke eight records on the day in the squat, dead and bench lifting open and sub-master categories.
His bench press of 380 broke the previous Missouri record of 375 and his dead lift of 525 edged out the old record of 520.
Phillips, who had won other competitions, commented on his achievements, “ I didn’t know how close I was to a world record. Someone told me based on my other lifts that I was close. I believe you need to set a goal and go for it and that is what I did. It was a great experience and I hope someone breaks my record someday.”
Phillips, a former high school wrestler, body builder and former professional cage fighter, is pretty humble about his experiences. “I don’t consider myself a macho guy. I wouldn’t want to jump out of a plane or sing in front of a bunch of people. I enjoy helping people be the best they can be.”
Phillips is considering representing the U.S. in the World Weight Lifting Championships in the Ukraine this spring. Fund raisers are being planned later on. Phillips can be contacted at 660-723-2069.