AUSTIN (KXAN) — The competition was fierce Saturday at the Special Olympics regional powerlifting competition.

Nearly 40 local powerlifters — plus some teams of siblings — have been training for the last eight weeks.

They range in age from 16 to 49, and got to show off their strength in the bench press, deadlift and combo lift.

Win or lose, these men and women were just happy to be there, hanging out with friends and even offering some tips for those who may want to try it for themselves.

“You better be good, strong, be healthy, be fast, and listen to your parents,” powerlifter Morgan Collins said. “If you do your chores, you do Special Olympics.”

Morgan said he lifted 120 pounds Saturday. He’ll be at state, along with everyone else who competed. That takes place in February at Round Rock High School.