Strongman contest: energy within, without - Herald & Review

DECATUR — Wendy Morse of Mount Zion hadn't pulled a vehicle competitively before Saturday during the Central Illinois Strongman Classic Competition. She said tugging a Chevrolet Silverado pickup felt pretty easy after the initial challenge of getting started with it. The competition held at DMH Health Specifics in the Specific Performance Enhancement Center gym and parking lot was lots of fun... The pickup was one of two vehicles in addition to a Humvee the athletes were pulling 50 feet during the harness truck pull portion of the competition. The event was a national qualifier for the first time, said Mike Stewart, manager of the wellness center. The top three competitors in each weight class go on to compete at the North American Strongman National Championships in June, Stewart said. The national qualifying status brought increased interest from competitors, with 15 more participating from last year, Stewart said. It was an opportunity to show off what is offered at the gym, which he said has all the apparatus need for a Strongman competition, which showcases the strength of professional and amateur athletes. Source: