Powerlifters head to Tanks Training Facility to try to earn trip to world championships

Fifty of the top powerlifters in the midwest will test their strength and skill with a trip to the world championships on the line on Saturday at the Southern Powerlifting Federation Pro-Am at Tanks Training Facility.

Tanks, under the ownership of Granite City native and one of the top 306-pound powerlifters in the world, Chris Janek, plays host to its second major competition and first at its new location, 1908 State St. in Granite City, beginning at 9 a.m. The event is open to spectators and tickets are priced at $10.

“Tanks is a great facility and I think people should come down and check it out,” said Tanks instructor Bailey Tracey. “There will be men and women lifters from all over here this weekend. The top two placewinners in each weight class qualify for the SPF World Championships in Las Vegas in September and so people will be be able to see the best around.”

Athletes will have three lifts each in the squat, bench press and deadlift. Their totals are taken from their best effort in all three lifts.”

Both Janek and Tracey, a former soccer standout at Triad High School, conduct classes in strength and conditioning several times a week at Tanks and also offer individual one-on-one sessions and as well as sessions for youth, high school and college teams.

For information, call 618-531-6720. Tanks is open from 7 a.m-8:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Saturday hours are from 9 a.m-2 p.m. and Sunday hours are by appointment only.

Local lifters fare well at Arnold’s.

Three local powerlifters who train at Tanks Training Facility competed earlier this month at the Arnold XPC competition in Columbus, Ohio.

Competing in the women’s 132-pound weight class, Tanks athlete Kayla Morelan finished with a total of 900 pounds for her three lifts, while Chelsey Lampros had a total of 855 pounds, also in the 132-pound division.

Kelsey Becker, competing in the 148-pound weight class, finished with a total of 900 pounds.