Strongman Showman competitors break records in Youngstown

This was the first time the event was held in Youngstown at the Arlington Heights Recreation Center.

Competitors met at the Arlington Heights Recreation Center in Youngstown.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Athletes broke world records on Saturday at the Strongman Showman competition in Youngstown.

People from all over came to the Arlington Heights Recreation Center to watch the men, women and youth compete. They are judged on strength, athletics and mental durability.

Jake Reynolds broke the world record that was set just last week, by lifting 370 pounds.

Ashley Lawrence, the USS nationals women’s champion, broke records also. She holds three USS national records, including a 400 pound deadlift.

The competitors start training years in advance for this event.

“All my testimony of hard days that I didn’t want to go to the gym, the days I fought to get to the gym, the work and the success I had in the gym, it shows here,” said.

This was the first time Youngstown hosted the competition, which is an establishing component of the Youngstown Fitness movement to create opportunities for inner city youth.

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