Quiz of the Week – Who is this Strongman from the past?

by Al Myers

Congratulations to this weeks winner – Thom Van Vleck of Kirksville, Missouri.

Warren Lincoln Travis

He correctly identified this strongman from the early 1900’s as Warren Lincoln Travis. Travis was born in Brooklyn and turned professional at the age of 21. He was of modest size for a strongman of that era, weighing only around 200 pounds at his prime. In 1906, he was awarded the “World’s Greatest Weightlifter” by a popular strength publication at the time, and received a jewel-studded belt which he is wearing in this picture. Travis was also an all-round weightlifter and has had much influence on the lifts done today in the USAWA. He favorite lifts were the Heavy Lifts, such as the Harness Lift and the Back Lift, and the Finger Lifts. In front of witness’s, he has lifted 3985 pounds in the Harness Lift and 4140 pounds in the Back Lift. In 1907, he lifted with one finger 667 pounds!!!! Travis was a fantastic performer and would present himself as “The Strongest Man in the World” at his performances. Travis was very successful as a businessman, and as a result was very wealthy. When other strongmen would challenge him, he would often put up very large amounts of money as a side bet, which resulted in very few takers. Warren Lincoln Travis continued to lift heavy weights until his death. At the age of 65, Travis died during one of his performances of a heart attack at Luna Park on Coney Island. Several skeptics at the time blamed his death on his heavy lifting in his older age. I do not believe this, as I know several lifters today maintain great heath and continue to lift and compete past the age of 80!!! His lifetime of lifting and training probably added many years to his life. Warren Lincoln Travis left a Challenge to the World in his will, which was an open challenge to anyone who could duplicate or exceed his lifting accomplishments. The first person to do this would receive his prized jewel-studded belt!! Listed below is the challenge Travis claimed he could do.

Warren Lincoln Travis – Challenge to the World

1. Take a 100 pound barbell from the floor with both hands, and press it overhead 10 times while seated (must be done in 30 seconds)

2. Take a pair of 90 pound dumbbells from the side of the body to the shoulders, and press it to arms length overhead.

3. Teeth lift from the floor, hands behind neck, 350 pounds.

4. Finger Lift from the floor 350 pounds with one finger, eight times in five seconds.

5. Finger lift from the floor 560 pounds with one finger once.

6. Two hand grip lift, straddling the weight, 700 pounds twenty times in ten seconds.

7. Hand and Thigh Lift 1600 pounds once.

8. Back Lift 3660 pounds once.

9. Harness Lift 3580 pounds once.

10. Back Lift 2000 pounds, 250 times in seven minutes.

Also, his rules stated that these lifts must all be done in 30 MINUTES!! And must be done for TEN STRAIGHT YEARS!!!! Needless to say, his jewel-studded belt still resides in the York Barbell Hall of Fame.

Quiz of the Week

by Al Myers

Which lifter has participated in the most National Championships?

Winner receives a USAWA Patch!!!!!

Rules: 1st response to webmaster with correct answer wins

Only 1 answer per day

Hint: He has competed in 20 of the 21 National Championships, only missing the very first one in 1988.

We have a winner!!!! Scott Schmidt, of Cleveland Ohio, named the lifter who has participated in the most National Championships. It is Dennis Mitchell. Dennis has been very involved with the USAWA since the beginning. He has served as chairperson of the Technical Committee for many years. He also was Co-Meet Director of the 2008 National Championships. Next in line is our President, Denny Habecker, who has competed in 19 of the 21 Championships, followed by Art Montini (18 of the 21) and Dale Friesz (17 of the 21).

Dennis Mitchell, performing one of his favorite lifts, the Bent Press, at the IAWA World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Eastern Open Postal

by Al Myers

Eastern Open Postal Meet
March 2009

Meet Director:  John Wilmot

Lifts:  French Press, Cheat Curl, and Jefferson Lift

Lifter Age BWT Wt.Class French Curl Jefferson Total Points
Women:
Kari Landis 27 170 80 35 80 185 300 295.14
Men:
John Monk, Jr. 43 175 80 100 150 425 675 678.34
Denny Habecker 66 184 85 77 110 275.5 462.5 550.78
Randy Smith 54 193 90 125 185 315 625 655.50
Jonathan Ciavattone 14 195 90 80 135 315 530 576.66
Joe Ciavattone, Jr. 15 205 95 120 175 455 750 760.55
Dennis Vandermark 55 207 95 60 135 250 445 452.76
John Wilmot 62 213 100 80 120 300 500 531.11
Orie Barnett 48 229.5 105 138 155 425 718 649.34
Al Myers 42 252 115 120 198 573 891 725.65
Joe Ciavattone, Sr. 40 245 115 140 200 405 745 603.31
James Malloy 67 248 115 110 140 350 600 612.17

BWT in pounds. Wt. Class in kilograms. Lifts in pounds. Points are age and weight adjusted.

Best Female Lifter:  Kari Landis
Best Male Lifter:  Joe Ciavattone, Jr.

Deanna Springs Meet

by Al Myers

Joe Garcia wins the Deanna Meet

Group Picture - Front row Bill Clark. Back row left to right Al Springs, Joe Garcia, Al Myers, and Chad Ullom

Four lifters made their way to Clark’s Gym during a late spring snow storm to participate in the Deanna Springs Memorial. The day I left for the meet I received over 6 inches of snow at home, which is unusual for Kansas in March. I was able to stay ahead of the storm and was fortunate that the weather had improved when it was time to return home. This meet is a memorial meet honoring the late Deanna Springs, who was the wife of Al Springs. So, it was a quite a highlight, when Al Springs showed up!!! Al has had a rough year having just had heart bypass surgery this year. He has been involved with the USAWA for many years, not just as a lifter but also as a meet promoter. Most lifters would give up lifting after heart surgery. But Al is a hardcore lifter, like many of the other USAWA lifters, and shows what determination is all about. He is a true inspiration to everyone!! Joe Garcia easily won the meet with his strength in the heavy lifts. Joe made a huge hip lift of 1875#, and almost made 2075#. Joe is a technician in the heavy lifts. One thing I really admire about Joe is his willingness to share lifting tips with his competitors. My training partner Chad Ullom again turned in a solid lifting performance. Chad is a very well-rounded lifter and has very few weak lifts. I want to thank Bill Clark again for hosting this annual event. We concluded the day with our traditional post-meet meal at the Golden Corral. Everyone left with sore muscles and a full belly.

FULL MEET RESULTS:

Deanna Springs Memorial Meet
March 28, 2009
Clark’s Gym, Columbia, Missouri

Meet Director: Bill Clark
Official (1 official system used): Bill Clark
Loader: James Foster

Lifts:  Crucifix, Cheat Curl, Hand and Thigh, Hip Lift, Deanna Lift

Lifter Age BW Crucifix Cheat Curl H&T Hip Deanna Total Points
Joe Garcia 55 240 70 155 1275 1875 575 3950 3711.88
Al Myers 42 253 90 190 1105 1475 755 3615 2936.31
Chad Ullom 37 232 80 175 1105 1475 665 3500 2886.45
Al Springs 67 212 40 65 375 525 235 1240 1373.01

Body weight in pounds.  All lifts in pounds.

1 316 317 318 319