Category Archives: USAWA Events

Dino Gym Challenge

by Al Myers


Mike “Murdo” Murdock Memorial Meet

A year ago the USAWA lost a very close friend in Mike Murdock. Murdo was a mainstay at most all the events I’ve held at the Dino Gym over the past 10 years.  He would do it all at meets – lift, officiate, load, and coach.  He never let me down when he would say he would be here to do something.  He was that “type of guy”.

Last summer fellow Dino Gym member Dean Ross and I were visiting at Dave’s Club Championship about Murdo – and Dean suggested that we dedicate the Dino Challenge to Murdo this year.  And part of the event would be that we would do several of Mike’s favorite lifts as a tribute to him.  Of course, I thought this was an OUTSTANDING IDEA!

I have many, many good stories that I could tell about Murdo. But as anyone who knew him knew that he was a very private person, so out of respect I will keep those stories for private conversations and not “broadcast” them on the website.  That’s the way Murdo would have preferred it.

Please put the Dino Challenge and the Murdo Memorial on your lifting calendar this January.


Meet Director:            Al Myers and the Dino Gym 785-479-2264

Meet Date:                 Saturday, January 16th, 2016  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location:                    Dino Gym, 1126 Eden Road, Abilene, KS 67410

Sanction:                    U.S.A.W.A Memberships cards can be purchased on meet day

Weigh-ins:                  9:00-10:00 AM the day of the meet

Divisions:                   Juniors, Women, Masters, and Open

Awards:                      None

Entry:                         None – but please notify me in advance if you plan to attend



Swing – Dumbbell, One Arm

Rectangular Fix

Bent Over Row

Trap Bar Deadlift

After the meet and the next day there will be time for record day lifts.

Iron Warrior RD

by Ruth Jackson

MEET ANNOUNCEMENT:  2015 USAWA Iron Warrior Gym Record Day (RD)

Denver, Colorado

The Iron Warrior Gym RD is a record day to provide an opportunity for those living in the Mountain States to contest USAWA lifts.   It also allows those doing Postal Nationals to get their lifts officiated. You are welcome to try anything if there is equipment to support it. No awards. 

 For more information (PDF) – Announcement

John’s Record Event

by John McKean


John’s 70th Birthday Record Event

Meet Details:

John’s 70th Birthday Record Day Event
Sunday Dec 20 at the Ambridge VFW Barbell Club
Duss Ave  Ambridge, PA.

No entry fee or entry blank needed ,just show up from 8 am on for weigh-in and lifting, hopefully weather will give us a break for travelers! HIGHLY recommended that you have registered with the USAWA beforehand (no records will count until a lifter has registered and paid the annual fee). Plan to have a great “workout” with some wonderful lifters!

Sir Lance-A Lot’s RD

by Eric Todd

Sir Lance-A lot’s Golden Birthday Gala Record Day

This event will be a record day to celebrate Lance Foster turning half a century old. No entry form. No awards. It will probably be cool, but we will have the stoves going. Email me at if you plan on lifting. You are welcome to try anything we have the equipment for, which would be most of the lifts in the book.

Date: November 21, 2015

Where: ET’s House of Iron and Stone

Weigh ins: 9:00 to 10:00

Lifting starts: 10:00

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