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Lifter of the Month – Barry Pensyl

By Al Myers

Barry Pensyl performed a very difficult lift, the Abdominal Raise, at the 2017 Presidential Cup.

Barry Pensyl performed a very difficult lift, the Abdominal Raise, at the 2017 Presidential Cup.

A big congrats goes to the USAWA LIFTER OF THE MONTH for December – BARRY PENSYL. There was only one sanctioned USAWA event during the month of December, the John Vernacchio Memorial Record Day hosted by Denny Habecker at Habecker’s Gym. Barry is a member of Habecker’s Gym and has been a very active participant in events at Habecker’s Gym over the past few years. At the Vernacchio Memorial Barry set 5 new USAWA Records.  Barry is getting very close to joining the prestigious USAWA Century Club for lifters that hold 100 records or more.  I’ve been watching his count closely (mid 90’s on last count) and it’s quite possible with his efforts from this past record day he may now be in the CLUB with the next Record List update.  Barry has been around the USAWA since the beginning, competing in his first USAWA competition at the 1990 USAWA National Championships in Akron, Ohio.

Lifter of the Month – James Fuller

By Al Myers

James Fuller performing a Self-Loaded Leg Press at the 2017 IAWA Gold Cup.

James Fuller performing a Self-Loaded Leg Press at the 2017 IAWA Gold Cup.

The USAWA LIFTER OF THE MONTH for November 2017 goes to James Fuller!  There were very limited events in November, but it did hold the IAWA GOLD CUP, one of the two big yearly IAWA competitions.  It was held in Glasgow, Scotland on November 4th at the new Castlemilk Gym facility.  James participated in his first IAWA event on international soil, and – WOW –  as he represented the USAWA in excellent fashion! His lifting really had a “leg up” on the competition. (had to throw that in as I know James enjoys puns!)

He chose a very difficult lift for his Gold Cup lift – the Self-Loaded Leg Press. I’ve only seen this lift in action a couple of times.  Most lifters do not have the flexibility to perform it.  James put on a clinic with this lift for several successful lifts, finishing with a new IAWA World Record of 135 kilograms.

Congrats James on being selected as this months LIFTER OF THE MONTH! You deserved it!

Lifter of the Month – Al Myers

By Chad Ullom

Al at Worlds

Al at Worlds

The lifter of the month for October is our Secretary and Webmaster, Al Myers! Al competed in the World Championships in Australia and was runner up for best lifter. Al represented the USAWA when there. While in Australia, he also set a new record in the 1 hand hack lift. Way to go Al!
Congratulations!

Lifter of the Month – Greg Cook

By Al Myers

Greg Cook in action at the 2017 OTSM Championships.

Greg Cook in action at the 2017 OTSM Championships.

The USAWA LIFTER OF THE MONTH for September is Greg Cook.  Greg won the overall BEST LIFTER in the Men’s Division at the 2017 Old Time Strongman Championships.  This championship event was hosted by Eric Todd, and had an outstanding field of 11 lifters in the Men’s Division.  Greg is a club member of the KCStrongman Club.

Congrats Greg!

Lifter of the Month – Collin Cortez

By Al Myers

Collin Cortez performing a Hackenschmidt Floor Press at the 2017 Presidential Cup.

Collin Cortez performing a Hackenschmidt Floor Press at the 2017 Presidential Cup.

The LIFTER OF THE MONTH for August, 2017 goes to COLLIN CORTEZ!

Collin earned this by winning the Presidential Cup (Best Lifter) at the 2017 USAWA Presidential Cup, hosted by our USAWA President Denny Habecker. At the Presidential Cup Collin performed a Hackenschmidt Floor Press of 157.5 KG as his Presidential Cup Lift.  Collin also becomes the very first USAWA Lifter of the Month to win this award for his efforts in his first USAWA competition.

Congrats Collin on being selected as the Lifter of the Month for August!

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