Category Archives: USAWA Events

Zercher Strength Classic

By Al Myers


Zercher Strength Classic and Record Day

Meet Director: Bill Clark

Date: Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Venue: Clark’s Gym, Columbia, Missouri

Weigh-ins: 7:30 – 9 AM

Start Time: 9 AM

Entry Fee: None

Entry Form: None

Awards: None

Membership: Must be a current USAWA Member

Officials – 2 certified USAWA officials will be present

Entry Deadline: April 20th for Zercher Meet & meet day for record day. There will be no limit on record attempts or number of different lifts attempted.

Zercher Strength Classic Lifts: Leg Press, Deadlift – One Arm, Deadlift – Heels Together, Hack Lift, Continental Clean and Jerk, Clean and Press – Heels Together, Zercher Lift, Steinborn Lift, Neck Lift, Hip Lift, Harness Lift, Hand and Thigh Lift, and Bench Press – Feet in Air (all lifting will be done in pounds)

Bill may be reached by phone or mail for entry or directions: phone: 573-474-4510, mail: Bill Clark, 3906 Grace Ellen Drive, Columbia, Missouri, 65202.  Bill has no email address.

Gold Cup

by Al Myers



I’m very excited to be part of the promotion of this year’s Gold Cup.  My father LaVerne has agreed to help me so I’ve named him co-promoter so he won’t change his mind on helping me.

The Gold Cup is one of the two big competitions (the IAWA Worlds is the other) that the International All Round Weightlifting Association promotes each year.  Something that we should be proud of as an organization is that the Gold Cup has been an annually event since it began in 1991.  No missed years.  There have been many great meet promoters through the years that have made this possible – all starting with the legend Howard Prechtel coming up with the idea of the Gold Cup and promoting the very first one.

Please join me and help make this year’s IAWA Gold Cup one of the best ever!

ENTRY FORM (PDF) – 2016 Gold Cup Entry Form


IAWA World Championships

by Al Myers


This year’s World Championships meet director Denny Habecker has released the details of this years big event!  The days have been set for October 8th and 9th in Lebanon, PA.

Three lifts have been approved for each day of competition.

Day 1 lifts are:

Continental Clean
Pullover and Push
2 Hands 2″ Vertical Bar Lift

Day 2 lifts are:

Alternate Grip Clean and Press
One Hand Clean and Jerk
Ciavattone Deadlift

ENTRY FORM (PDF) – 2016 IAWA Worlds Entry Form

INFORMATION PAGE (PDF) – 2016 IAWA Worlds – info page

Presidential Cup

by Al Myers


For the fifth 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 (number set by the President) 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 6th, 2016

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.

Denny may be reached by email –

Heavy Lift Championships

by Al Myers



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

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