by Al Myers
Frank Ciavattone on the front page of Dale Harder's Strength and Speed Newsletter.
I was pleasantly surprised when I received my last issue of Dale Harder’s Strength and Speed Newsletter and the “front page feature” was none other than Frank Ciavattone. Frank is one of the founders of the USAWA, and arguably the strongest lifter that has ever competed in the USAWA. I was so glad to see Frank get this recognition in Dale’s newsletter – because he deserves it! Frank has won numerous USAWA and IAWA titles. I once saw the list of Frank’s Championships and it was so long it took two pages! Frank is a true all-rounder, and there were not very many lifts he didn’t excel in. He was a great bar lifter, grip lifter, heavy lifter, and he even excelled at the one arm lifts. His one arm deadlift of 562 pounds is an ALL-TIME record in the USAWA and the IAWA. I consider this record of his the ALL-TIME record of ALL-TIME. It is the highest of any one arm deadlifts that actually HAD officials judge it. Sure, Herman Goerner may have the credit for the best ALL-TIME one arm deadlift, but outside of some witnesses, it was not actually judged.
I have known Frank for several years, but in Dale’s story on him I even learned a few new things about Frank (including some pictures I had not seen before). Dale has always been very supportive of all-round weightlifting and the USAWA. His newsletter is a must read, and one of the few printed newsletters covering weightlifting nowadays. I would like to tell more of this story on Frank, but I don’t want to give away all of Dale’s story. You need a subscription to Strength and Speed for that!
For subscribing to the Strength and Speed Newsletter and ordering any of Dale’s great books covering weightlifting, check out his website -http://www.strengthospeedia.org/. Dale’s email address is daleharderEP@gmail.com.
by Al Myers
Dale Harder's Latest Book
I just received the news from Dale Harder that he has a new book available – Strong Stronger Strongest. I have greatly enjoyed all of Dale’s books to date, and plan to buy this new one to add to my collection. In this book he covers biographies of over 150 of the strongest men in history. A couple of his previous books that are my favorites are: Strength, and Strength and Speed. Dale covers EVERYTHING strength related and doesn’t pick favorites. You get it all!! In his books Dale has references to All-Round Weightlifting in several areas. You may even see YOUR name in one of his books. Order instructions are listed in the promo above.
by Al Myers
Dale Harder's Strength & Speed Newsletter
Are you like me and get NOTHING out of reading today’s muscle mags? Most of the information in them I don’t believe anyhow – usually an article about one of TODAY’S top bodybuilders and his “secret program”. Somehow I doubt this bodybuilder would actually tell his competition his “secret program” in a magazine thus giving his competition an edge over him. I also get tired of the rampant commercialism in these magazines about all the special supplements that a lifter should be taking. How healthy is taking handfuls of pills everyday if they are not medically needed? If you got rid of all the BS in these pump-up mags, they would be reduced to one page of useful information.
However, there are still some GREAT newsletters and magazines available for the hard core strength athlete. One of these is Dale Harder’s Strength and Speed Newsletter. This is a MUST READ for any lifter. Dale is an amazing strength historian and writer, and produces an information-packed Newsletter every two months. In it you find every page is interesting, and it contains no ads trying to sell you the latest nutritional gimmick. Dale has covered numerous All-Round Weightlifting Events and All-Round Lifters in the past in his Newsletter. Also, in his Newsletter you will find coverage of Olympic Lifting, Powerlifting, Strongman Competitions, Highland Games and even interesting strength trivia. Dale loves statistics and it shows in his Newsletter. You often get rankings and comparisons of different strength feats. Plus, Dale has written several strength books that are a MUST BUY. I have always considered The Super Athletes by David Willoughby as the book that contains the greatest accumulation of strength history (which was published in 1970). Well, Dale Harder is the modern day David Willoughby and if you put all of his writings together in one publication it would surpass Willoughby’s book.
Take the time today to give yourself a Christmas Present and subscribe to Dale’s Strength and Speed Newsletter. Better yet – buy a couple of his books at the same time. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed!