Author Archives: Al Myers

Sandow

by Steve Gardner

Eugen Sandow

Eugen Sandow

Eugen Sandow (April 2, 1867 – October 14, 1925), born Friedrich Wilhelm Müller, was a German Strongman and pioneering bodybuilder known as the “father of modern bodybuilding”.

Sandow was born in Königsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia) on April 2, 1867, to a German father and a Russian mother. His family were Lutherans and wanted him to become a Lutheran minister. He left Prussia in 1885 to avoid military service and traveled throughout Europe, becoming a circus athlete and adopting Eugen Sandow as his stage name.

In Brussels he visited the gym of a fellow strongman, Ludwig Durlacher, better known under his stage name “Professor Attila”. Durlacher recognized Sandow’s potential, mentored and in 1889 encouraged him to travel to London and take part in a strongmen competition. Sandow handily beat the reigning champion and won instant fame and recognition for his strength. This impetus launched him on his career as an athletic superstar. Soon he was receiving requests from all over Britain for performances. For the next four years, Sandow refined his technique and crafted it into popular entertainment with posing and incredible feats of strength.

Heavy Lift Championships

by Al Myers

MEET ANNOUNCEMENT

2016 USAWA HEAVY LIFT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Eric Todd performing a Hand and Thigh Lift at the 2014 Heavy Lift Championships.

Eric Todd performing a Hand and Thigh Lift at the 2014 Heavy Lift Championships.

The Heavy Lift Championships is the longest running championship event in the USAWA behind the National Championships.  The USAWA has been trying to rotate this championship between different areas of the country every year to give all lifters the opportunity to compete in it. Last year it was hosted in the midwest by Eric Todd.  This year it will be held in Pennsylvania – at Denny Habecker’s Gym.  Denny has promoted the Heavy Lift Championships before, and has more than enough 100 pound plates to make it happen!

Three heavy lifts have been the mainstay of this event – the Neck Lift, the Hand and Thigh Lift, and the Hip Lift.  Harness’s and belts for the lifting will be available, but most lifter’s bring their own heavy lift equipment.

It’s important that you get your entry in by the deadline. The deadline date is April 9th, 2016.

ENTRY FORM (PDF) – 2016 Heavy Lift Championships Entry Form

National Championships

by Al Myers

MEET ANNOUNCEMENT

2016 USAWA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

My wife Leslie and I enjoyed walking the Freedom Trail the last time we were in Boston.

My wife Leslie and I enjoyed walking the Freedom Trail the last time we were in Boston.

It’s always exciting to announce the National Championships each year.  This meet is the “big daddy” of the meets in the USAWA. Our Nationals has had a continuous run of competitions since the beginning – with the first one being held in 1988.  So this year will make year number 29!

Frank Ciavattone is the meet director this year.  Frank is one of the most seasoned promoters in the USAWA and has previously hosted a couple of Nationals (1996 & 1998).  He is holding the meet in Norwood, which is a suburb of Boston. It will be a one day meet this year.   We will have our annual USAWA meeting following the meet so come prepared for a long day.

I would really encourage everyone in the organization to go to Boston and compete in our National Championships.  There are so many things to see in this area – so it provides the perfect opportunity to combine a vacation along with competing in our most important competition of the year.

INFO SHEET & ENTRY FORM (PDF) – 2016 Nationals Entry Form

 

Mary McConnaughey New Official

by Al Myers

Mary McConnaughey lifted at the Dino Gym Challenge and also became certified as a new USAWA official.

Mary McConnaughey lifted at the Dino Gym Challenge and also became certified as a new USAWA official.

This past weekend at the Dino Gym Challenge Mary McConnaughey completed her third practical official’s exam and became a certified official in the USAWA.  She is now a Level 1 USAWA certified official.  Mary is a great addition to our official’s crew!  Congrats Mary!!

Dino Gym Challenge

by Al Myers

DINO GYM CHALLENGE
The Mike “Murdo” Murdock Memorial Meet

Group picture from the 2016 Dino Gym Challenge.

Group picture from the 2016 Dino Gym Challenge.

The weather was great, the day was great, and the lifting was great!  That sums up this year’s Dino Gym Challenge.  I was SO impressed with the lifters that showed for this year’s Dino Gym Challenge.  Mary and Tressa made the trip from Nebraska, Lance and ET from Missouri, Dean from Oklahoma, and Denny and Art from Pennsylvania. Add in Dave, Chad, and Emily from Kansas and we had FIVE STATES represented!  Quite impressive for a gym meet in Holland, Kansas.

Emily Burchett made her lifting debut in the USAWA.  Emily is an excellent highland game thrower and has been throwing for many years.  I remember her start in the games over 10 years ago.  I think she started competing when she was 12 or 13.  Her lifting was superb – and she seemed to get stronger on the lifts as she learned them with further attempts. Her explosive strength that she has developed from the HG showed – as demonstrated by her 80 pound dumbbell swing!

It is always a pleasure having Mary and Tressa at meets.  They are full of energy and bring everyone’s lifting “up a notch”. I want to thank Dean for purposing that we do the Dino Gym Challenge this year in honor of the memory of Mike Murdock.  Dean and I picked 5 of Mike’s favorite lifts for this meet.  Several stories were shared about Mike throughout the day.  We will never forget Murdo and the influence he has had on us and the USAWA.

I can’t say enough about Denny and Art.  These two made the long trip from PA in a car.  Very few would drive 2 days to a meet, lift for 2 days, and then drive 2 days home.  Add on that they will do this again within the month when they come back for the Grip Championships!

Great lifts that I will remember: Emily’s 80# DB Swing, Mary’s 165# Bent Over Row, ET’s 130# Crucifix, Dave’s 105# Rectangular Fix (should I mention that this was the top fix of the meet?), and Chad’s “near miss” at a 600# Trap Bar Deadlift.

I want to thank my dad LaVerne for judging the event and my wife Leslie for providing the lunch.  Another great Dino Gym Challenge has been put “in the books”!

MEET RESULTS:

Dino Gym Challenge
Dino Gym
Abilene, Kansas
January 16th & 17th, 2016

Meet Promoter: Al Myers

Official (1-official system used): LaVerne Myers

Lifts: Crucifix, One Arm DB Swing, Rectangular Fix, Bent Over Row, Trap Bar Deadlift

WOMENS DIVISION

LIFTER AGE BWT CR SW FIX ROW DL TOT PTS
Emily Burchett 24 152 50 75R 55 105 198 483 510.0
Tressa Brooner 54 130 40 35R 35 90 176 376 509.5
Mary McConnaughey 56 312 60 55R 55 155 220 545 455.0

EXTRA ATTEMPTS FOR RECORDS:
Emily Burchett DB Swing 80#R
Emily Burchett Rectangular Fix 60#
Emily Burchett Bent over Row 160#
Tressa Brooner DB Swing 40#R
Mary McConnaughey Bent Over Row 165#

MENS DIVISION

LIFTER AGE BWT CR SW FIX ROW DL TOT PTS
Al Myers 49 230 70 105R 85 275 529 1064 969.2
Chad Ullom 44 255 40 125L 90 275 562 1092 900.7
Dave Glasgow 62 260 50 95L 105 225 429 904 864.9
Denny Habecker 73 196 60 70R 70 185 308 693 838.8
Dean Ross 73 258 60 55L 70 185 341 711 743.9
Art Montini 88 172 40 30L 35 80 203 388 563.8
Lance Foster 50 340 40 60R 80 245 308 733 557.3
Eric Todd 41 258 120 65R 95 175 220 675 537.6

EXTRA ATTEMPTS FOR RECORDS:
Eric Todd Crucifix 130#
Denny Habecker Bent Over Row 195#
Dean Ross Crucifix 70#
Dean Ross Bent Over Row 195#

NOTES : BWT is bodyweight in pounds. All lifts recorded in pounds. R and L designate right and left arms. TOT is total pounds lifted. PTS are overall adjusted points for bodyweight and age correction.

RECORD DAY LIFTS

Officials (3-official system used): Al Myers, Chad Ullom, Denny Habecker, LaVerne Myers, Art Montini

Chad Ullom – Age 44 years, BWT 258#
Weaver Stick  4#
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 Bar, 2″, Left Hand 142#
Press – Dumbbell, Left Arm 100#
Abdominal Raise – Roman Chair 70#
Deadlift – Stiff Leg 375#

Al Myers – Age 49 years, BWT 230#
Deadlift – Inch DB, Left Hand 140#
Deadlift – Inch DB, Right Hand 140#
Deadlift – 2 Inch DB’s 250#
Abdominal Raise – Roman Chair 70#
Bench Press – Roman Chair 170#

LaVerne Myers – Age 71 years, BWT 243#
Deadlift – Fulton DB, Left Hand 165#
Weaver Stick 5#
Deadlift – Inch DB, Left Hand 140#
Deadlift – Inch DB, Right Hand 140#
Vertical Bar Deadlift – 1 Bar, 2″, Right Hand 177#

Denny Habecker – Age 73 years, BWT 197#
Deadlift – Fulton DB, Left Hand 100#
Deadlift – Fulton DB, Right Hand 100#
Weaver Stick 2#
Deadlift – Inch DB, Left Hand 50#
Deadlift – Inch DB, Right Hand 85#

Art Montini – Age 88 years, BWT 171#
Deadlift – Fulton DB, Right Hand 60#
Deadlift – Fulton DB, Left Hand 60#
Deadlift – 2 Fulton DB’s 120#
Deadleft – Inch DB, Left Hand 50#
Deadlift – Inch DB, Right Hand 50#

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