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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#

Ready for the Dino Challenge?

by Al Myers

The day is about here – for the annual Dino Gym Challenge!  I have had several lifters pre-register so I know it’s gonna be a good turnout tomorrow.  The weather forecast looks good so travel should not be a problem.  The gym has been cleaned, the certificates are printed, and all last minute plans are being completed.

Again, this meet is in memory of Mike Murdock. Before Mike’s passing last year he was a long time supporter of the Dino Gym and the USAWA.  I plan to share several stories this weekend about Mike.  The USAWA was “family” to Murdo.

See everyone soon!

2015 Year in Review

by Al Myers

Cover page for the 2015 USAWA Year in Review is in memory of Mike Murdock. Mike was a very active USAWA lifter who was much respected by all his peers.

Cover page for the 2015 USAWA Year in Review is in memory of Mike Murdock. Mike was a very active USAWA lifter who was much respected by all his peers.

I just completed the 2015 USAWA Year in Review.  This is always a big project for me at the end of every year, but one I feel is very important as to preserve the history of the USAWA.  This summarized review contains all the information that has occurred in the USAWA during the prior year.  It contains all the blogs, meet results, and other USAWA news.

It will be available in printed form.  I plan to take it to the printer next week so if anyone wants a copy this is the time to let me know. Cost for this book is $50, payable to the USAWA. This year it contains 285 pages, many pictures, and close to 60,000 words!  It could be called a book it is so big!  I will make it available on the website in a digital form if you prefer to just download it.  I plan to just make one run to the printer for this so if you want one later you can always take the digital copy to the printer yourself to have printed.

Lifter of the Month – John McKean

by Al Myers

John McKean in action performing a trap bar deadlift at his recent record day.

John McKean in action performing a trap bar deadlift at his recent record day.

The lifter of the month for December is the long time Ambridge lifter, John McKean.  John celebrated his 70th birthday in December by hosting a record day at the Ambridge Barbell Club. In this meet John set several new USAWA and IAWA records to add to his lengthy record count.  John has been involved with the USAWA since practically the beginning.  He competed in York this past summer at the USAWA National Championships and assisted me with the announcing duties. He has been a consistent contributer to the USAWA website by submitting some very interesting stories.  John has been around weightlifting his entire life and is a joy to visit with because you will hear some almost unbelievable tales about past meets and lifters!

Congrats John!

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