Category Archives: USAWA Events

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

National Championships

by Al Myers



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


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