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Presidential Cup

by Al Myers


For the sixth year in a row, the now “Annual” USAWA Presidential Cup is being hosted again by our USAWA President Denny Habecker.  This is one of the CHAMPIONSHIP events hosted in the USAWA, and is the Championships of Record Days.  It follows along “the lines” of the IAWA Gold Cup – a lifter picks their best lift and contests it for a USAWA record in this prestigious record day.  After all lifters have performed their record lifts, Denny will pick the effort that impresses him the most and award that lifter the PRESIDENTIAL CUP.  Only one lifter will receive this very important award.   If time allows, lifters will have the opportunity to perform other record day lifts.  So it is a good idea to come with the BIG LIFT in mind, but also be prepared to do other lifts for record if the time allows.

Now a little “rehash” on the Presidential Cup.  These are the guidelines:

The Presidential Cup will follow along some of the same guidelines as the Gold Cup, which is the IAWA meet which recognizes outstanding performances by lifters in the lift/lifts of their choosing.  The Gold Cup started in 1991 under the direction of then-IAWA President Howard Prechtel.  However there will be some differences in the guidelines of the USAWA Presidential Cup:

  • The Presidential Cup is hosted annually by the USAWA President only.
  • Must be a USAWA member to participate.
  • A lifter may choose any official USAWA  lift/lifts (up to a maximum of 5 lifts) to set a USAWA record/records in.
  • The lifter must open at a USAWA Record Poundage on first attempt.
  • The top performance record lift of the entire record day,  which will be chosen by the President, will be awarded the PRESIDENTIAL CUP.


USAWA Presidential Cup

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Meet Director:  Denny Habecker

Location: Habecker’s Gym, Lebanon, PA

Lifts:  Bring your best lift for record!

Start time:  10 AM,  with weigh-ins before this

Entry Form:  None, but advance notice is required.

Club Championships

by Dave Glasgow



Hosted by:


Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Weigh In 9:00-10:00 AM

Lifting starts at 10:00 AM sharp


Deadlift – No Thumb, One Arm

Curl – Strict

Snatch – Dumbbell, One Arm

Bentover Row

Questions or directions to the venue


By Al Myers

I want to officially welcome my father, LaVerne, into the ranks of the LEVEL 2 USAWA OFFICIALS.  I just received confirmation from the USAWA Officials Director Joe Garcia that his application to become a Level 2 official was granted.  Level 2 is the highest level you can achieve as an official in the USAWA.  Once you achieve Level 2 status you are certified for life.  Never again do you have to take the rules test or reapply!

LaVerne has been very involved over the past 10 years plus as an official.  He has officiated at many high level competitions – including National Championships, Gold Cups, and World Championships.  He also has the distinction of officiating at IAWA events overseas,  which is quite an honor.

Congrats LaVerne!!


By Eric Todd


The turnout was small, but it was an outstanding day of lifting and telling stories with some old friends. Results are as follows:

Date: June 3, 2017

Meet Director: Eric Todd

Location: ET’s house of Iron and Stone

Certified officials: Eric Todd and Lance Foster (The one official system was used on all lifts)

Loaders: Lance Foster, Dean Ross, Chris Todd, Eric Todd

All lifts are recorded in pounds

Lifter: Dean Ross, Male
Bodyweight: 231
Weight Class: 105
Age: 74
Age Division: 70

Lateral Raise-Lying 52
Lateral Raise-Standing 42
Finger Lift Thumb-left 40
Finger Lift Thumb-Right 40
Deadlift, Fulton Dumbbell Left Hand 82


Lifter: Lance Foster-male
Bodyweight: 335
Weight Class: 125+
Age: 51
Age Division: 50

Deadlift Dumbbell Right 201
Deadlift, Reeves 230
Snatch, Dumbbell right 60


Lifter: Eric Todd-Male
Bodyweight: 251
Weight class: 115
Age: 42
Age Division: 40

Bench Press Fulton Bar 340
Crucifix 148
Holdout Raised 85
Holdout Lowered 95
Lateral Raise Standing 100

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