by Al Myers
CLARK’S RECORD DAY
Bill just sent me the results from his meet last weekend. It looks like it was a busy affair! I’ll start with the bad news before the good. Bill had sanctioned the Backbreaker along with a record day on this day, but he had no entries in the Backbreaker. The Backbreaker is a traditional meet in Clark’s Gym that consists of the Hip Lift, Hand and Thigh Lift, Harness Lift, Neck Lift, and the Back Lift. Truly a grueling ordeal. I’ve done it before and can attest to the extreme soreness afterwards. Can’t really blame the guys for passing on it!
But the GOOD NEWS is that all round lifting is still alive and flourishing in Clark’s Gym. Six lifters took part in the record day event. The day was highlighted by the appearance of Steve Schmidt as he attacked another Guinness World Record. Steve was successful in adding his name to the Guinness Record Book once again. Steve, at age 59 and 215 pounds BWT, pulled five nails from wood with his teeth in 7.44 seconds! He then set a second record for most nails pulled from wood in one minute – with an astonishing count of 27! I will try hard to get a follow-up story on this.
Veteran gym member Joe Garcia set the pace for adding more records to the USAWA record list. It practically fills up a full page. I guess now since Joe has passed on keeping the record list up to date to me – he doesn’t mind making a lot of work for me! I don’t remember him EVER doing that many record attempts in a day when he was keeping up the list! Great job Joe – and I really don’t mind adding your name many more times! David Emslie continues to be a presence at Clark’s meets, and added many records himself. He set records in ALL combinations with the vertical bars which is quite the accomplishment. Bill Clark, at age 82, still has record setting performances in him. I was really impressed to see the list of new records he set. He set a new USAWA record in the Hip Lift with a fine lift of 907 pounds, but in his letter he told me that he hopes to get another 1000# Hip Lift before long. I should remind everyone that this is done with a plethora of artificial joints, too many to count on your fingers using both hands.
Clark’s Record Day
November 8th, 2014
Meet Director: Bill Clark
Officials (1 Official System Used): Bill Clark, Joe Garcia