Frank’s Record Day

by Frank Ciavattone

FRANK’S BARBELL CLUB -Record Breakers Day

Jeff Ciavattone pulling on a thumbless grip deadlift at Frank's Record Day.

Jeff Ciavattone pulling on a thumbless grip deadlift at Frank’s Record Day.

Rainy and on the eve of a snowstorm…
This team meet was the largest we’ve had with the 9 lifters showing up. Jim Fuller from Portland, Maine, Pastor Peeter Pirn from Cleveland, Ohio, along with 3 new lifters representing Frank’s Barbell Club: Cassie Morrison, Mike Driscoll and Rocky Morrison. And our veteran lifters: Jess Hopps, Joseph Ciavattone Jr, Joseph Ciavattone, Sr., Frank Ciavattone and Jeff Ciavattone. Along with the exceptional turnout we also had many spectators present to observe this meet.

All of these lifters, in their own way, shined. A little bio about each lifter:
Cassie Morrison – Cassie shows true determination as a relatively new lifter. And definitely will show her true talent in the upcoming meets. Her 2″ Hack was a very easily done lift.

Our second lifter, Jess Hopps, is in her third year competing and is starting to show her all around talent as you can see in the results of this meet. Her 2″ deadlift was actually done with the Ciavattone grip.

It was great to se Joe Ciavattone Jr. Back and like Jess showed his all around feets of strength. All easily done. Jeff Ciavattone, performed all his lifts with ease. Especially his two hands thumbless deadlift, with 206 Kilo, with room for much more. Next was Joe Ciavattone, Sr., Joe not only refereed the meet but he also competed. All of Joe’s lifts were impressive with much more to spare.

Jim Fuller, who continually shows how to perform the all around lifts with excitement and to astonish the crowd. Pastor Peeter Pirn, who always smiled whether a miss lift or a record lift and TRULY was a crowd pleaser with all of his lifts. He will be a definite asset to this sport. Mike Driscoll, our new lifter, Mike has natural strength and has been training for approximately for three months and shows improvement after every workout. His highlift for Mike was a trap bar deadlift with a weight of 182 kilos.

Rocky Morrison in action with a Trap Bar Deadlift.

Rocky Morrison in action with a Trap Bar Deadlift.

Rocky Morrison, who not only is a large man but lifts large weights with only 7 months training. Was able to perform 211 kilo trap bar deadlift. An outstanding lift that was executed with ease. As being the meet director hearing the crowd and other lifters applauding everyones high lighted lifts surely made this a successful and wonderful meet.

Now…On to train for the NATIONALS!!!!!!

MEET RESULTS:

Frank’s Record Day
Frank’s Barbell Club
April 16th, 2016

Meet Director: Frank Ciavattone

Cassie Morrison: 20 years, 187 pounds
Hack Dead Lift 2″ Bar 52 ½ K

Jess Hopps: 31 years, 182 pounds
2 Hand Barbell Clean and reverse grip press 27 ½ k
2 Hand Barbell clean & alternate press 27 ½ k
Clean and Press on Knees 25 k
Clean & Press behind neck 25 k
2 Hand Deadlift 81 k

Joeseph Ciavattone Jr.:  22 years,  215 pounds
Ring Fingers Deadlift 117 k
2 hand thumbless Deadlift 182 k
2 hand Fulton Hack lift 162 k
Cheatcurl lefthand 40 k
1 arm Cheatcurl righthand 40 k

Jeff Ciavattone: 36 years, 255 pounds
2″ Fulton Righthand 92 ½ k
2″ Fulton Lefthand 83 k
2 hand thumbless Deadlift 206 k
2 hand Index finger Deadlift 80 k

Jim Fuller:  44 years, 249 pounds
Baby Finger Deadlift 50 k
Ring Finger Deadlift 50 k
Middle Finger Deadlift 50 k
Index Finger Deadlift 50 k
2 hand Thumbless Deadlifts 182 k
Trapbar Deadlifts 273 k

Joe Ciavattone, Sr.:  47 years, 229 pounds
Deadlift middle fingers 90 k
2 hand 2″ vertical bar Deadlift 120 k
Trap bar Deadlift 160 k

Peeter Pirn: 52 years, 198 pounds
Seated Press – From Rack, Behind Neck 50K
2 hand 2″ vertical Bar 125 k
Power Row bent over Rowe 91 k

Mike Driscoll:  54 years, 192 pounds
1 hand Ciavattone lift 85 k
1 hand Ciavattone right 80 k
Trap Bar dead lift 182 k
2″ hack lift 142 k

Rocky Morrison: 54 years, 303 pounds
1 Hand Ciavattone Lift Lefthand 92 ½ k
1 Hand Ciavattone Lift Righthand 95 k
Trapbar deadlift 211 k

Frank Ciavattone: 61 years, 285 pounds
Weaver Stick Right Hand Forward 2.8 k

***The two referee rule system was used: Frank Ciavattone, Joseph Ciavattone Sr. All weights shown are in Kilos. Special Thank you to James Morrison for loading all the weights, To Rocky Morrison for providing coffee and donuts. Thank Jim and Peter for cominmg the distance to help allow us to making this meet a big success!

Lifter of the Month – Ruth Jackson

by Al Myers

The Lifter of the Month for March goes to Ruth Jackson! Ruth just recently won best overall women’s lifter in the first quarter USAWA Postal Meet.  Ruth has been an active participant in the postal series over the past few years.  In fact I’m gonna brag on her for a moment – this is her 13th CONSECUTIVE overall women’s best lifter win in our Postal Series meets!

Congrats Ruth on being selected as the USAWA Lifter of the Month!

1st Quarter Postal

by Al Myers

MEET RESULTS
1ST QUARTER POSTAL MEET

Meet Results:

1st Quarter USAWA Postal Meet
Jan 1st – March 31st, 2016

Meet Director: Denny Habecker

Lifts: Holdout-Raised, Swing – Dumbbell One Arm, Hack Lift – One Arm

Officials:
Dan Wagman – Certified Official RJ Jackson
Al Myers – Certified Official LaVerne Myers
LaVerne Myers – Certified Official Al Myers
Eric Todd – Certified Official Lance Foster
Dean Ross – Certified Official Al Myers
Lance Foster – Certified Official Eric Todd
Tressa Brooner – Certified Official Mary McConnaughey
Crystal Diggs – Certified Official RJ Jackson

WOMENS DIVISION

LIFTER AGE BWT HOLD DB SW HACK TOT PTS
RJ Jackson 54 105 30 50 R 145 R 225 362.3
Tressa Brooner 54 130 40 45 R 95R 180 243.3
Mary McConnaughey 56 314 35 55 R 95 R 185 153.8
Crystal Diggs 29 156 30 25 L 80 L 135 140.2

MENS DIVISION

LIFTER AGE BWT HOLD DB SW HACK TOT PTS
Dan Wagman 39 180 65 131 R 300 L 496 471.2
Al Myers 49 235 65 110 R 310 R 485 437.2
Denny Habecker 73 193 45 65 R 165 R 275 336.1
LaVerne Myers 71 239 30 65 L 185 R 270 289.4
Eric Todd 41 256 85 80 R 175 R 340 271.9
Dean Ross 73 260 35 55 R 135 R 225 234.6
Lance Foster 50 340 45 50 R 185 R 280 212.9

Notes: All lifts recorded in pounds. R and L designates the arm used. TOT is total pounds lifted.  PTS are overall points adjusted for age and bodyweight corrections.

Bad Case of the Barbells

by Thom Van Vleck

When I was a kid I watched the Beverly Hillbillies.  Yes, I’m pretty old. The show was a top comedy show in the 60’s and early 70’s.  It was about a family of hillbillies that come into millions and end up in Beverly Hills.  In one particular episode the beautiful “farmer’s daughter” Elly Mae gets set up with “Mister Universe” Dave Draper.  Dave Draper was indeed a Mr. Universe and a top Bodybuilder.  In the episode the family, being backwards, sees his huge muscles and mistake it for an illness.  They ask him what they are. He said “Muscles”.  They ask how he got them and he says, “Barbells”. Granny turns to Uncle Jed and whispers, “Worst case of barbells I’ve ever seen”.  I remember watching that episode several times.

In 1977 I began to develop as bad case of barbells myself.  I evidently didn’t get them as bad as Dave as I have never been mistaken for a Mister Universe but I think I have the illness as bad as anyone since I’m going on nearly 40 years of barbell training.  Over the years I’ve joked about it being an illness and my case being incurable.  Which brings me to my point.

I do have a bad case of the barbells.  I enjoy training and when I’m not my world isn’t right.  It helps me not only physically but mentally, spiritually, and emotionally as well.  I don’t just train to achieve a goal I train because it’s a part of my life like eating, drinking, sleeping, and praying.  It’s not really an illness.  It’s a blessing.  And over the years I’ve tried to be Typhoid Thom…and infect as many people as possible with the “illness”.

So, do you have a bad case of the Barbells?

Be Stronger, not the Strongest

by Thom Van Vleck

I started a weightlifting club at the University I work at a few years back. It has been very successful even if it has evolved into more of a “crossfit” type group.  But there are some serious weightlifters in there, too.

One of the things that happened as we had more women than men sign up. I began to investigate and here’s what I found.

The guys got pretty hung up on being the strongest.  If they couldn’t be the strongest in the group they pretty quickly quit.  Of course, there can only be one guy that’s the strongest so you pretty quickly end up with a pretty small group.  It ended up often being a competition instead of a workout.

The women weren’t worried about being the strongest.  They just wanted to be stronger.  They focused on pulling each other along.  They didn’t care who was the strongest.  They all wanted each other to be stronger.  They were competitive, but not in a negative way like the guys.

When I was in the military we had a lot of competition.  Most of it was healthy, some of it was not.  When it was healthy it went like this:  As a fighting force you are as strong as your weakest member.  So you encouraged the guy next to you to be successful because at some point your life might depend on it. You elevated yourself by making them better and in turn natural competitiveness would lead you to raise your game.  When it was unhealthy it was more like this:  You elevated yourself by bringing down those around you.  You didn’t get better, they got worse.

So ask yourself.  Do I want to be the strongest?  Or do I want to be stronger!  I personally think that when you choose to be stronger it’s more likely you’ll end up the strongest.

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