by Eric Todd
MEET ANNOUNCEMENT 2015 USAWA HEAVY LIFT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Make plans now! The 2015 USAWA Heavy Lift Championship will be held on May 2 at ET’s House of Iron and Stone. This location is about an hour north of Kansas City right in the center of God’s Country. We will be contesting the three traditional lifts in this meet: Neck Lift, Hand and Thigh, and Hip lift. Come ready to lift big and see big weights moved. I know we are still a few hundred pound plates shy of the Dino Gym, but with 24 of them and plenty of change, we should be able to accommodate any lifter in these lifts. I know I mention this with every meet announcement, but I don’t want anyone coming here with delusions of lifting at Caesar’s Palace or anything. The only frills in my gym are lots of weights. It is typically beautiful weather around May 2 in Missouri. However, if it is cold out we will get cold, and if it is hot out, we will get hot. I have plenty of places to drop a whiz in the green grass. OR, if you are bashful, there is an outhouse out back. Last meet, I even swept out all the wasps nests and spider webs. TP is in the ammo box. So, if those conditions don’t suit you, see you at the next meet at someone else’s gym. With that being said, I would like to see all the big hitters in the heavy lifts make this meet. This meet has been dominated by a handful of people. See if you can add your name to the list. I have seen a number of guys posting heavy lift videos. Hope you can all make it to the meet and make your mark. We will have a short record breaking session after the meet for anybody who has not done enough by that time. See you there! ENTRY FORM (PDF) – Heavy Lift Entry
by Thom Van Vleck
A digital bulletin board on the campus of A.T. Still University advertises the upcoming Still Magazine. Our campus lifting club is featured and we made the cover no less!
I’ve share information before about the lifting club I started on campus. We continue to grow and make progress. We hold one or two workouts every day except Sunday. We are one the youngest, yet largest, club on campus. We provide supervision to over 200 workouts every week! While I am the staff adviser the growth and leadership have come from within the club. To be honest, I feel like I’m showing my age!
Thom Van Vleck presenting a check to the Osteoblasters for volunteering at the Kirksville Scottish Games
When I first started this club I envisioned old school workouts. We would be doing lots of benches, squats, deadlifts….maybe some snatches and clean & jerks….the stuff I cut my teeth on 35 years ago. What has evolved is a group dynamic focused more on bodyweight exercises, lots of reps, fast paced, and less weight. Similar to the “Crossfit” stuff you see growing ever popular. I’m perfectly fine with that because it is leading to a new generation learning how to do snatches and clean and jerks and getting fit in the process.
The latest addition the club, a wall mounted lifting rack with chin up bars and roman rings.
Recently we were able to add a new addition, a wall mounted rack in the gym. This will allow us to do more squats, presses and jerks out of the rack, along with the rings and chin up capabilities. There are probably a hundred more uses that will come out of this addition and my hope is that if we get a lot of use out of it the Campus Center will be open to buying more equipment! They have been very generous so far and that has helped tremendously.
I am looking forward to 2015 and seeing where things go with the club. I hope perhaps we can host a lifting meet of some sort (maybe a USAWA meet). I know we will help more people achieve a greater level of fitness and I’m sure the club will do more community projects that will promote fitness. I has been a real pleasure working with these young people and the fact they are all on their way to becoming doctors or dentists makes it all the better!
by Derek Prior
FLORIDA RECORD DAY
The Iron Cave
Cast Iron Training is pleased to announce the first ever Florida USAWA record day on Saturday 24th January 2015 at 11 A.M. The event is open to all USAWA members.
The Iron Cave
13680 101st Street
Contact: (Derek Prior) 772 766 2119
by Frank Ciavattone
Frank's Barbell Club member Jeff Ciavattone performed a 193 KG 2" Bar Hack Lift on the same day at a Record Day in England hosted by Steve Gardner and the Burton Powerhouse Gym.
The New England Gold Cup was a big success! On that particular week Jeff my son was in England! Steve Gardner would also have his team compete as well that day Nov. 29! They competed as a record breaker day as well. They had three referee’s on all lifts and lifted under the New England Gold Cup theme to make Jeff was able to compete and Steve’s team made him feel at home! Our team in New England were honored of there thoughtfulness of Steve and his team! There results all speak for them selves! Great job to Steve and his team!
The New England Gold Cup could not have been the success it was without the help of USAWA President Denny Habecker Barry Bryan! They both came in from Pennsylvania with over a 400 mile drive the day before. They helped me with all the aspects of running the meet. Especially with both of them being referees it helped to have all lifts be USA and World records! The next to come a long distance was Jim Fuller who came down from Maine! Between Denny, Barry and Jim the three out of state lifters turned in some super lifting! There were a lot of experienced Olympic lifters training at the venue and there eyes would all turn to watch these 3 when they lifted. As there is a lot of experience amongst the three! The rest of my team did so well that I feel you will be hearing a lot from them in the future! There turning into great lifters along with them already being ladies and gentleman. This team has the utmost respect for each other! All of there goals were met as the results indicates!
I would also like to mention Paul Dalallis’s entry as a wheelchair athlete! He gave an excellent demonstration of the importance that what this sport would do for these special athletes! Then proceeded to perform a left handed upright row, while seated. The weight was loaded on a makeshift type kettlebell and weighed 61 lbs. It was inspiring to watch this 57 year old athlete who is an amputee battling Cancer! Paul is now a USAWA member and a true example of the word COURAGE!
As far as my record of 404lb. In the One Hand Dead, it put me in the record books to have a 400lb. plus One Hand Deadlift in 5 different age groups! Do to illness’s at age 55 to 58 this lift was impossible, till the New England Gold Cup!
The finally was a home cooked turkey dinner by Colleen at our home! All the lifters received there Gold Cups and comradeship by all! Looking forward to 2015!!!
MEET RESULTS (PDF) – New_England_Records_Day2014
by Al Myers
Denny Habecker performed one of his favorite lifts, the Pullover and Push, for a new IAWA World Record at the most recent Gold Cup in England.
A big CONGRATS goes to our USAWA President, Denny Habecker, for being selected as the USAWA Lifter of the Month for October. The “big meet” in October was the IAWA Gold Cup in England, and Denny was there to represent the USA. Denny has been a loyal lifter at Gold Cups, and can always be counted on to be there on behalf off our organization. Denny has been a superb leader of the USAWA since taking office as President. Denny makes a huge commitment to the USAWA and travels the country to various meets as well as being at the Worlds and Gold Cups every year.