Local powerlifters competed in an APA meet earlier this month. Those representing the Family Fitness gym who hold power-lifting records are, front from left, Whitney Wesley, Claire "Tator" Myers; second row from left, K.K. Bounds, Amanda Reed, Alyssa Daniels; back row, Heather Webster. 

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Local powerlifters competed in an APA meet earlier this month. Those representing the Family Fitness gym who hold power-lifting records are, front from left, Whitney Wesley, Claire "Tator" Myers; second row from left, K.K. Bounds, Amanda Reed, Alyssa Daniels; back row, Heather Webster. Submitted photo
The American Powerlifting Association sanctioned a powerlifting meet, the 2017 APA Battle of the Iron Barbarians, earlier this month.

The event was held at the power zone gym in Fulton with lifters from Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee competing.

Several of the lifters were from the Philadelphia area and represented the Family Fitness gym. That included Mitch Williams, 78, Claire "Tator" Myers, 15, Quindon John, 15, Cordero Bobo Sr., 30, Cordero Bobo Jr., 11, and Standel Bobo, 14. All earned first place in their divisions and set many State, American and World records.

Cordero Bobo Jr., set a World Record in the 148 pound 11-12 year old class with a 165 pound deadlift. Claire "Tator" Myers broke six world records in the 165 pound 13-15 year old class with a bench press of 159.8 pounds, a deadlift of 314.2 pounds and a total of 755.1 pounds.

Current APA/WPA World Record holders from Family Fitness are Brad Crawford, Amanda Reed, Mitch Williams, Jay Gomillion, Taylor Welch, KK Bounds, Claire "Tator" Myers, Melissa Miller, Charla Clarke, and Rose Coats. Along with State and American record holders, Family Fitness members hold over 1100 powerlifting records.

"Powerlifting is great training for toning and strengthening for all ages and one of the few sports that every family member can compete in from ages seven up and regardless of body weight," said Jay Gomillion, the APA chairman for Mississippi.

Family Fitness is the home of the APA for the state of Mississippi and also Neshoba County’s only official hammer strength training facility.