Author Archives: Al Myers

Number 1000

by Al Myers

I knew this day would be approaching soon, and lo and behold, it’s here today!  This is my 1000th blog I’ve written for the USAWA website, which I dubbed early on as the USAWA Daily News.  In 2009 I assumed duties of the USAWA website from Joe Garcia who started the website early on in the late 90’s.  So between Joe and myself the USAWA has had a website for close to 20 years!

On top of my 1000 blogs I have written and/or edited many meet results and meet announcements.  Add on keeping the meet roster up to date and the other website daily duties this has been quite a responsibility over the past 8 years and requires a daily time committment. Our USAWA website is deep in content. Through the years I have added a large historical archive – past summary results from all the National Championships and IAWA Worlds, summaries of past championships, history of past officers, archive of our Hall of Fame members, and much more. Pretty much anything someone would need to know about the USAWA can be found on this website.

I remember when I started this I thought about the NUMBER 1000 being a good long-term goal and would be considered a “good run” for me.  It’s hard for me to believe I’ve actually achieved it.

Heavy Lift Championships

by Al Myers

2016 USAWA HEAVY LIFT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Meet Results:

Heavy Lift Championships
Habecker’s Gym
Lebanon, PA
May 7th, 2016

Meet Director: Denny Habecker

Officials: Denny Habecker

Lifts: Neck Lift, Hand and Thigh Lift, Hip Lift

 Lifter  Age BWT  Neck H&T Hip TOT  PTS
 James Fuller  44  249  500  1000  1510  3010  2513.5
 Frank Ciavattone  61  300  300  802  1206  2308  2044.5
 Art Montini  88  173  155  400  703  1258  1818.2
 Dean Ross 73  255  155  653  846  1654  1741.8
 Barry Bryan  58  191  250  503  806  1559  1703.3
 Rocky Morrison  54 300  330  603  1106  2039  1695.6
Cassie Morrison 20 194 325 350 806 1481 1348.2

Notes: BWT is bodyweight in pounds. All lifts recorded in pounds. TOT is total pounds lifted. PTS are overall points corrected for age and bodyweight corrections.

Jim Fuller pulls 600 pounds!

by Al Myers

James Fuller pulling a 600 pound Trap Bar Deadlift at Frank's Record Day.

James Fuller pulling a 600 pound Trap Bar Deadlift at Frank’s Record Day.

Frank just informed me that there was a typo in his meet results from his recent record day.  James Fuller’s initial results showed he pulled a Trap Bar Deadlift of 171.5 KG, but instead he pulled 273 kilograms – 601 pounds!  I revised the meet results so Jim would get credit for this outstanding deadlift. Frank indicated to me that this was the first time Jim has surpassed 600 pounds in any form of deadlift in a competition.  Congrats Jim on this big milestone!

Zercher Meet

by Al Myers

MEET RESULTS

2016 ZERCHER MEMORIAL STRENGTH CLASSIC
APRIL 23RD, 2016
CLARK’S GYM
COLUMBIA, MO

Meet Director: Bill Clark

Scorer: Bill Clark

Officials: Bill Clark and Joe Garcia

Loaders: James Foster and the Lifters

Lifts: Leg Press, Clean and Jerk, Clean and Press – Heels Together, Hack Lift, Deadlift – Heels Together, Deadlift – One Arm, Bench Press – Feet in Air, Zercher Lift, Steinborn Lift, Neck Lift, Hand and Thigh Lift, Hip Lift, Harness Lift

Joe Garcia Bill Clark
Age  62  83
Bodyweight  94.8  98.6
Leg Press 350  —
Clean and Jerk  155
Clean & Press- HT 155  —
Hack  285 165
Deadlift-HT  315  185
Deadlift-1 Arm 225R 150R&L
Bench – FIA  225  100
Zercher 265
Steinborn 125
Neck 445
Hand & Thigh 1125 425
Hip 1505 705
Harness 2020 1005
Total 7095 2735
Points 7713.1 6274.0

Notes: BWT in kilograms.  All weights recorded in pounds. R and L designate right and left arms. Total is total pounds lifted.  Points are adjusted points corrected for bodyweight and age correction.

Record Day Lifts

Dave Beversdorf – Age 50, BWT 295#
Bench Press – 2 Barbells: 270#
Bench Press – Right Arm: 155#
Bench Press – Left Arm: 155#
Bench Press – Alternate Grip: 365#

Joe Garcia – Age 62, BWT 94.8KG
Vertical Bar Lift – 1 Bar, 2″, Right Hand: 147#
Vertical Bar Lift – 1 Bar, 2″, Left Hand: 147#

Frank’s Record Day

by Frank Ciavattone

FRANK’S BARBELL CLUB -Record Breakers Day

Jeff Ciavattone pulling on a thumbless grip deadlift at Frank's Record Day.

Jeff Ciavattone pulling on a thumbless grip deadlift at Frank’s Record Day.

Rainy and on the eve of a snowstorm…
This team meet was the largest we’ve had with the 9 lifters showing up. Jim Fuller from Portland, Maine, Pastor Peeter Pirn from Cleveland, Ohio, along with 3 new lifters representing Frank’s Barbell Club: Cassie Morrison, Mike Driscoll and Rocky Morrison. And our veteran lifters: Jess Hopps, Joseph Ciavattone Jr, Joseph Ciavattone, Sr., Frank Ciavattone and Jeff Ciavattone. Along with the exceptional turnout we also had many spectators present to observe this meet.

All of these lifters, in their own way, shined. A little bio about each lifter:
Cassie Morrison – Cassie shows true determination as a relatively new lifter. And definitely will show her true talent in the upcoming meets. Her 2″ Hack was a very easily done lift.

Our second lifter, Jess Hopps, is in her third year competing and is starting to show her all around talent as you can see in the results of this meet. Her 2″ deadlift was actually done with the Ciavattone grip.

It was great to se Joe Ciavattone Jr. Back and like Jess showed his all around feets of strength. All easily done. Jeff Ciavattone, performed all his lifts with ease. Especially his two hands thumbless deadlift, with 206 Kilo, with room for much more. Next was Joe Ciavattone, Sr., Joe not only refereed the meet but he also competed. All of Joe’s lifts were impressive with much more to spare.

Jim Fuller, who continually shows how to perform the all around lifts with excitement and to astonish the crowd. Pastor Peeter Pirn, who always smiled whether a miss lift or a record lift and TRULY was a crowd pleaser with all of his lifts. He will be a definite asset to this sport. Mike Driscoll, our new lifter, Mike has natural strength and has been training for approximately for three months and shows improvement after every workout. His highlift for Mike was a trap bar deadlift with a weight of 182 kilos.

Rocky Morrison in action with a Trap Bar Deadlift.

Rocky Morrison in action with a Trap Bar Deadlift.

Rocky Morrison, who not only is a large man but lifts large weights with only 7 months training. Was able to perform 211 kilo trap bar deadlift. An outstanding lift that was executed with ease. As being the meet director hearing the crowd and other lifters applauding everyones high lighted lifts surely made this a successful and wonderful meet.

Now…On to train for the NATIONALS!!!!!!

MEET RESULTS:

Frank’s Record Day
Frank’s Barbell Club
April 16th, 2016

Meet Director: Frank Ciavattone

Cassie Morrison: 20 years, 187 pounds
Hack Dead Lift 2″ Bar 52 ½ K

Jess Hopps: 31 years, 182 pounds
2 Hand Barbell Clean and reverse grip press 27 ½ k
2 Hand Barbell clean & alternate press 27 ½ k
Clean and Press on Knees 25 k
Clean & Press behind neck 25 k
2 Hand Deadlift 81 k

Joeseph Ciavattone Jr.:  22 years,  215 pounds
Ring Fingers Deadlift 117 k
2 hand thumbless Deadlift 182 k
2 hand Fulton Hack lift 162 k
Cheatcurl lefthand 40 k
1 arm Cheatcurl righthand 40 k

Jeff Ciavattone: 36 years, 255 pounds
2″ Fulton Righthand 92 ½ k
2″ Fulton Lefthand 83 k
2 hand thumbless Deadlift 206 k
2 hand Index finger Deadlift 80 k

Jim Fuller:  44 years, 249 pounds
Baby Finger Deadlift 50 k
Ring Finger Deadlift 50 k
Middle Finger Deadlift 50 k
Index Finger Deadlift 50 k
2 hand Thumbless Deadlifts 182 k
Trapbar Deadlifts 273 k

Joe Ciavattone, Sr.:  47 years, 229 pounds
Deadlift middle fingers 90 k
2 hand 2″ vertical bar Deadlift 120 k
Trap bar Deadlift 160 k

Peeter Pirn: 52 years, 198 pounds
Seated Press – From Rack, Behind Neck 50K
2 hand 2″ vertical Bar 125 k
Power Row bent over Rowe 91 k

Mike Driscoll:  54 years, 192 pounds
1 hand Ciavattone lift 85 k
1 hand Ciavattone right 80 k
Trap Bar dead lift 182 k
2″ hack lift 142 k

Rocky Morrison: 54 years, 303 pounds
1 Hand Ciavattone Lift Lefthand 92 ½ k
1 Hand Ciavattone Lift Righthand 95 k
Trapbar deadlift 211 k

Frank Ciavattone: 61 years, 285 pounds
Weaver Stick Right Hand Forward 2.8 k

***The two referee rule system was used: Frank Ciavattone, Joseph Ciavattone Sr. All weights shown are in Kilos. Special Thank you to James Morrison for loading all the weights, To Rocky Morrison for providing coffee and donuts. Thank Jim and Peter for cominmg the distance to help allow us to making this meet a big success!

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