Category Archives: USAWA Daily News

Pinch Grip

By Al Myers

Troy Goetsch lifting 255 pounds in the Pinch Grip at the 2013 USAWA Grip Championships. This is the top record in the USAWA Record List for the Pinch Grip. Troy went on to win Overall Best Lifter in the Grip Championships.

Troy Goetsch lifting 255 pounds in the Pinch Grip at the 2013 USAWA Grip Championships. This is the top record in the USAWA Record List for the Pinch Grip. Troy went on to win Overall Best Lifter in the Grip Championships.

The USAWA Grip Championships will be here soon! The first lift of the day will be the Pinch Grip.  I’m going to go over the basic rules for the Pinch Grip.

I15. Pinch Grip

The setup for this lift requires two metal plates joined together with smooth surfaces facing outward. A bar may be placed between the plates to hold them together, and should be long enough to add plates to it. Front hang or back hang is allowed to the loading of the center bar. Collars should be used on this bar. The lifter’s fingers must not touch any added plates. The width of the two plates joined together must be between 2 ¼ inches and 2 ½ inches. The lifter will straddle the weight, with the weight being placed in front of the lifter. Width of feet placement is optional, but the feet must be parallel and in line with the torso. Feet must not move during the lift, but the heels and toes may rise.  The lifter will then grip the plates with both hands on the top of both plates. The palms of the hands must be facing the lifter. The lift begins at the lifter’s discretion. The weight must be lifted to a point where the lifter’s legs are straight and the body upright. Once the weight is motionless, an official will givThe setup for this lift requires two metal plates joined together with smooth surfaces facing outward. A bar may be placed between the plates to hold them together, and should be long enough to add plates to it. Front hang or back hang is allowed to the loading ofthe center bar. Collars should be used on this bar. The lifter’s fingers must not touch any added plates. The width of the two plates joined together must be between 2 ¼ inches and 2 ½ inches. The lifter will straddle the weight, with the weight being placed in front of the lifter. Width of feet placement is optional,but the feet must be parallel and in line with the torso. Feet must not move during the lift, but the heels and toes may rise. The lifter will then grip the plates with both hands on the topof both plates. The palms of the hands must be facing the lifter. The lift begins at the lifter’s discretion. The weight must be lifted to a point where the lifter’s legs are straight and thebody upright. Once the weight is motionless, an official e a command to lower the weight.

One special treat for the lifters is that I have a pair of old style milled York Plates to use for the Pinch Grip.  These plates are unique in that the “backsides” have a some milling marks which slightly enhances the grip on them. The plates will be connected with a loading pin (actually a 2″ Vertical Bar).  I will also have some 25’s and 35’s if lifters are going to start under two 45 pound plates. The USAWA rules for the Pinch Grip differ from the IAWA(UK) rules.  The USAWA requires two steel plates to be used while the IAWA(UK) allows a single smooth bumper plate to be used as the gripping plate.  The USAWA rules allow front hang and/or backhang while the IAWA(UK) rules require equal loading on each side.  These are major differences in the Pinch Grip rule. However from what I’ve seen the IAWA(UK) advantage of the use of the bumper plate nearly balances the USAWA advantage of allowing fronthang in total weight lifted.

No substances other than chalk is allowed on the hands.  I will be officiating and this is one thing I will watch for! I expect some big lifts in the Pinch Grip and expect a few USAWA records to fall.

OVERALL USAWA RECORDS IN PINCH GRIP

WT CLASS LIFTER POUNDS
70 KG Colby Howard 100
75 KG Stephen Santangelo 141
80 KG Chris Jaeschke 150
85 KG Dan Wagman 226
90 KF Mike Pringle 175
95 KG Troy Goetsch 255
100 KG Ben Edwards 162
105 KG Al Myers 215
110 KG LaVerne Myers 190
115 KG LaVerne Myers 200
120 KG Matt Graham 200
125 KG Matt Graham 200
125+ KG Mark Mitchell 252

 

History Archives

By Al Myers

One of the very interesting parts of this website is our History Archives. It can be found in the top header line of the website. I have spent considerable time developing this History Archives over the past several years. Of course with history, there is ALWAYS new history to be added. I try my best to keep it updated, and have just recently added the following to the section “Results of Past Worlds”.

—————————————————–

2016 IAWA World Championships
October 8th & 9th, 2016
Lebanon, PA, USA

Meet Promoter: Denny Habecker
Meet Announcers: Steve Gardner & Al Myers
Meet Scorekeepers: Judy Habecker & Rocky Morrison
Drug Testing Officials: Al Myers & Rocky Morrison
Meet Loaders: John Horn, Terry Barlet, Barry Bryan, Barry Pensyl, and Dean Ross
Meet Officials: George Dick, Graham Saxton, Frank Ciavattone, Scott Schmidt, LaVerne Myers, Denny Habecker, Dennis Mitchell

Lifts: DAY 1: Continental Clean, Pullover and Push, 2 Hands 2″ Vertical Bar Lift DAY 2: Alternate Grip Clean and Press, One Hand Clean and Jerk, Ciavattone Deadlift

Men Top Ten Placings
1. Pete Tryner, England
2. Timo Lauttamus, Finland
3. Al Myers, United States
4. Denny Habecker, United States
5. Peter Phillips, Australia
6. Graham Saxton, England
7. LaVerne Myers, United States
8. Dean Ross, United States
9. Scott Schmidt, United States
10. Art Montini, United States

Women Top Two Placings
1. Kim Lydon, United States
2. Karen Gardner, England

BEST LIFTER AWARDS
Junior Mens: Aidan Habecker
Female Senior: Kim Lydon
Female Master: Karen Gardner
Mens Masters 40-44: Peter Tryner
Mens Masters 50-54: Al Myers
Mens Masters 55-59: Steve Gardner
Mens Master 60-64: Peter Phillips
Mens Masters 65-69: George Dick
Mens Masters 70-74: Denny Habecker
Mens Masters 80-84: Dennis Mitchell
Mens Masters 85-89: Art Montini

2016 Year in Review

By Al Myers

I have just finished the 2016 USAWA Year in Review.  Every year since I have been secretary of the USAWA I have done this review.  I take all the information that has been put on the website (blogs, meet results, past history archives, etc) and copy it into a book, which is printed off.  I also include this book digital file on the website if someone wants to look at it that way or print it off themselves.

I do this for one reason primarily – and that is to preserve the history of the USAWA in paper form.  It always surprises me by the amount of information that this website accumulates every year. This year the Year in Review is 288 pages long and contains 65,000 words!  It would take a few evenings to get all that read.

If anyone wants a printed copy of the Year in Review please let me know.  I plan to take it to the printer’s next week.  The cost is $50, made out to the USAWA.

Lifter of the Month – Kim Lydon

By Al Myers

Kim Lydon is the USAWA Lifter of the Month.

Kim Lydon is the USAWA Lifter of the Month.

The USAWA LIFTER OF THE MONTH for last November goes to Kim Lydon!

Kim lifts for Frank’s Barbell Club and has been involved in several USAWA events over the past several months.  She competed in the 2016 IAWA World Championships in Lebanon, PA and won OVERALL BEST WOMENS LIFTER, edging out the great English lifter, Karen Gardner. Kim has competed in numerous record days over the past few months as well.  In her last record day at Frank’s Barbell Club she performed a 232# Ciavattone Grip Deadlift.  Kim is only 20 years of age with a bright future in the USAWA ahead of her!

Congrats Kim!

Passing of Tom Ryan

By Al Myers

The 2016 USAWA Year in Review is a tribute to the life of Tom Ryan.

The 2016 USAWA Year in Review is a tribute to the life of Tom Ryan.

These blogs are always the saddest for me to write. Especially when I’m writing one about a friend that has died.  But I’m doing it – as I feel that Tom deserves a tribute from us because of his influences and contributions he has made to the USAWA.

Tom Ryan was born on April 23rd, 1945 and died on December 1st, 2016. He had been involved with weightlifting his entire life.  He started out with focusing on Olympic Lifting, and then these past 25 years his main interest was All Round Weightlifting. He competed in the pre-USAWA days in all round lifting, and primarily in the first few years of the USAWA. He did lift in a few record days later on.  I have had the opportunity to lift with Tom on a few occasions.

Tom and I had a great email relationship.  We would exchange emails almost weekly, often discussing matters of all round weightlifting, training, or news within the organization.  I could always count on Tom calling something to my attention if he noticed something on the USAWA website that he thought wasn’t correct. I really appreciated that as I knew the best interests of the USAWA were always in his heart.  Tom was an extreme intellectual and a person who wanted details being correct. He had a PhD as a statistician and spent a good part of his professional life writing statistics books, teaching, and editing statistics books. He was a great writer as well. He had written several articles for magazines and newsletters through his life in both his professional life and for weightlifting.  When we did the big USAWA Rulebook rewrite in 2009 I had Tom proofread it.  He found over 100 corrections! He used his knowledge of statistics to evaluate weightlifting formulas. I remember him telling me that he once served on an Olympic Weightlifting committee to decide whether Masters Weightlifting should use the Sinclair Formula or the Malone Formula.

Tom was a great weightlifting historian.  He served as a moderator for Joe Roark’s Iron History Forum for a number of years.  Tom had a great interest in Paul Anderson.  He wrote several articles about Paul Anderson. Tom lived near Atlanta in his later years and the Paul Anderson Youth Home is nearby in Vidalia.  I always told him I was going to come to Atlanta and see him and then we could go to the Youth Home together.  That was a trip I was never able to make which I now regret.

Tom has several records in the USAWA which he was very proud of. He still holds over 20 USAWA Records (over 50 at one time).  Among these include his Weaver Stick record of 7 pounds (which I was there to witness), his one arm thumbless deadlift of 254 pounds (still one of the top All Times lifts), a 345# one arm deadlift (done at the 93 Zercher Classic), and a 95# Rectangular Fix.  Tom’s last USAWA meet was the 2006 Goerner Deadlift.

Even as his health declined in the past few years, he still stay committed to his training program. He had trained at home most all of his life.  He once told me that he had plenty of self-motivation to train alone, and that he liked to train in total silence by himself.  We would often email visit about his training program.  Just a few months before he died he was still training the seated one arm deadlift with a dumbbell. He was up to a 281 pound dumbbell which he said he could lift and hold for 30 seconds. His last training goal was to lift a 300 pound dumbbell while seated!

I will sure miss Tom. He was a major contributor to the USAWA Discussion Forum. I’m sure all of us will miss his page long topic posts, which often read more like an article on the subject instead of a comment.  Many times I would try to get him to write a website blog following one of his forum posts, but the feeling I got from him was that he had said all he wanted on the subject in the forum!

If anyone has stories or memories of Tom and would like to share them on the website, please send them to me. I am dedicating the 2016 USAWA Year in Review to Tom.  We will keep his memory alive in the USAWA.

1 2 3 4 5 6 314