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Team Championships

by Al Myers

MEET ANNOUNCEMENT
2017 USAWA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The date for the USAWA Team Championships has been set – August 26th.  I started promoting the Team Championships in 2007, which features “team lifting”, a combination of 2 lifters on a bar lifting the weight together. This makes for a very exciting event as the 2 lifters must be in coordination with each other to make a successful lift!

MEET DETAILS:

Meet Director: Al Myers

Meet Date: Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Meet Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Dino Gym, 1126 Eden Road, Abilene, KS 67410

Sanction: USAWA Membership required

Weigh-Ins: Noon the day of the meet

Divisions: 2-Man, 2-Person (man & woman), and 2-Women

Entry Fee: None

Lifts:

Pullover – Bent Arm

Deadlift – Fulton Bar, Ciavattone Grip

Deadlift – No Thumbs, Overhand Grip

Registration:  There is no entry form or entry deadline, but please let me know ahead of time if you plan to attend so I can make the proper preparations. I can be reached at amyers@usawa.com

Team Championships

By Al Myers

2016 USAWA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

I started promoting the USAWA Team Championships in 2007, so this year makes it the 10th year! I remember thinking this would become a popular meet amongst the lifters because it gave a different element to lifting than other meets -that being you lifted “on the bar” with a team mate! Well, in these 10 years it has not seemed to grow as I imagined back then, but none the less, always gives an entertaining day of lifting.  This year Chad and I again competed to “defend our title” from last year, and were challenged by the Dino Gym elders LaVerne Myers and Dean Ross.  These two team up well in size and lifting ability, plus have “been around the block a time or two” so they know how to play dirty.  I knew they would give us a good fight.  That was true.

For the first time in the Team Championships we included an Old Time Strongman Lift, the Hackenschmidt Floor Press.  This proved to be a real challenge with two lifters on the bar as your elbows were hitting your partners and you had to press in a closegrip fashion.  The second lift was the 1 arm deadlift with the fulton bar.  This has been contested in the Team Champs before so Chad and I had a goal to break our previous meet best. We accomplished that with a 210 KG lift.  The final lift was the Team Stifflegged Deadlift. Both teams used up their 3 attempt limits before hitting a true maximum weight.

Even though this was a small meet we had a great time!  We finished so quick that we had time afterwards for Dean and Chad to do their National Postal lifts along with some record day lifts.

MEET RESULTS:

2016 USAWA Team Championships
Dino Gym, Abilene, Kansas
December 17th, 2016

Meet Director: Al Myers

Officials (1 official system used): Al Myers, Chad Ullom, LaVerne Myers

Lifts: Team Hackenschmidt Floor Press, Team One Arm Fulton Bar Deadlift, Team Stiff Legged Deadlift

Lifters:

Dino Gym 1
Dean Ross – 74 years old, 250 pounds
LaVerne Myers – 72 years old, 239 pounds

Dino Gym 2
Al Myers – 50 years old, 226 pounds
Chad Ullom – 45 years old, 246 pounds

TEAM Press 1FBDL SL DL TOTAL POINTS
Dino Gym 2 235 210R 350 795 674.2
Dino Gym 1 120 155R 185 460 485.5

NOTES:  All lifts recorded in kilograms.  TOTAL is total kilograms lifted.  Points are adjusted points for age and bodyweight corrections.

Record Day Lifts:

Dean Ross – Back Lift 1050 lbs.
LaVerne Myers – Thors Hammer 20 lbs.
Al Myers – Thors Hammer 45 lbs.
LaVerne Myers – Pinch Grip Left 70 lbs.
Al Myers – Pinch Grip Left 80 lbs.
Al Myers – Pinch Grip Right 80 lbs.
LaVerne Myers – Finger Lift Left Middle 95 lbs.
Al Myers – Finger Lift Left Middle 125 lbs.
LaVerne Myers – Finger Lift Right Middle 125 lbs.
Al Myers – Finger Lift Right Middle 125 lbs.

Team Championships

By Al Myers

The 2016 USAWA Team Championships have been rescheduled after the cancellation in September.  This Championship Event has had a continuous run in the USAWA since 2007 – so this marks the 10th year anniversary of the Team Championships.

MEET DETAILS:

Meet Director: Al Myers

Meet Date: Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Meet Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Dino Gym, 1126 Eden Road, Abilene, KS 67410

Sanction: USAWA Membership required

Weigh-Ins: Noon the day of the meet

Divisions: 2-Man, 2-Person (man & woman), and 2-Women

Entry Fee: None

Lifts:

Hackenschmidt Floor Press

Deadlift – Fulton Bar, One Arm

Deadlift – Stiff Legged

Registration:  There is no entry form or entry deadline, but please let me know ahead of time if you plan to attend so I can make the proper preparations. I can be reached at amyers@usawa.com

Team Championships

by Al Myers

MEET ANNOUNCEMENT
2016 USAWA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The date for the USAWA Team Championships has been set – September 3rd.  I started promoting the Team Championships in 2007, which features “team lifting”, a combination of 2 lifters on a bar lifting the weight together. This makes for a very exciting event as the 2 lifters must be in coordination with each other to make a successful lift!

MEET DETAILS:

Meet Director: Al Myers

Meet Date: Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Meet Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Dino Gym, 1126 Eden Road, Abilene, KS 67410

Sanction: USAWA Membership required

Weigh-Ins: Noon the day of the meet

Divisions: 2-Man, 2-Person (man & woman), and 2-Women

Entry Fee: None

Lifts:

Hackenschmidt Floor Press

Deadlift – Fulton Bar, One Arm

Deadlift – Stiff Legged

Registration:  There is no entry form or entry deadline, but please let me know ahead of time if you plan to attend so I can make the proper preparations. I can be reached at amyers@usawa.com

Team Champs History

by Al Myers

8 time USAWA Team Champions Chad Ullom and Al Myers performing a 430 pound Heels Together Clean and Press in the first USAWA Team Championships in 2007.

8 time USAWA Team Champions Chad Ullom and Al Myers performing a 430 pound Heels Together Clean and Press in the first USAWA Team Championships in 2007.

It is my goal this year to create a historical summary of all our Championship Events, which will be always easily available to view in our historical archive page section on the website.   I plan to do this around the time of each Championships.  Since the Team Championships is already “done and gone” it is time I get this one summarized!  I have promoted and hosted all of the USAWA Team Championships at the Dino Gym, with the first year being in 2007.  Hard to believe – but next year will be our 10th year for this annual Championship event.

The USAWA Team Championships started out as a very small competition.  Only ONE TEAM showed up the first year, and that was only because I talked Chad into being my teammate. Well, the next year didn’t get much better when Chad told me he couldn’t make it so I talked Joe Garcia into being my teammate.  Again, it was just one team.  Joe commented to Bill (which was published in the Strength Journal) that “it was really cozy laying so close to Al” during the Team Pullover and Press.  I would think the enjoyment of that experience would have motivated Joe to return to the Team Championships – but I haven’t seen him at this meet since!  It was at that time that I think Bill probably thought I should have “put a fork” into this Team Championships idea and kill it off – and I was having my doubts as well – but I forged on for another year.

In 2009, the Team Championships started to pick up momentum! Participation DOUBLED with 2 teams in attendance. Thanks to the JWC Graybeards for showing up it finally made for a real competition – a ONE ON ONE DUEL. Thom and John vowed a rematch with Chad and me – but again they have not been seen at the Team Championships since.

2010 brought another increase in attendance!  For the first time there was a 70 age plus team competing (Rudy Bletscher and Mike Murdock).  This comp also marked the first time a Team Trap Bar Deadlift was done – which I made specifically for this event. 2012 was a memorable year because it was the first time a Mixed Pair (man and woman) team entered with Doug and Jera Kressly.  At this event the participation was up to 4 teams.  2013 was even better with all 3 divisions represented.  Ruth Jackson and Molly Myers entered the first ever 2-Women Team that year.  The BEST YEAR for attendance was THIS YEAR, 2015, with 6 teams entered.  There were 3 2-Man Teams and 3 Mixed Pair Teams.  This made for a great competitive event.

It has taken about 10 years – but finally I feel this is one of the best attended events in the USAWA.  I’m glad I didn’t “throw in the towel” back in 2008!

 

SUMMARY OF USAWA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

BEST OVERALL LIFTER TEAM AWARDS

 YEAR & DATE 2-MAN 2-WOMEN MIXED PAIR
2015-August 30th

Al Myers & Chad Ullom

>60: LaVerne Myers & Dean Ross

none Jera & Doug Kressly
2014-August 24th

Al Myers & Chad Ullom

>60: Laverne Myers & Dean Ross

none none
2013-August 17th

Al Myers & Chad Ullom

>60: Denny Habecker & Art Montini

Ruth Jackson & Molly Myers Jera Kressly & Logan Kressly
2012-August 11th

Al Myers & Chad Ullom

>60: LaVerne Myers & Dean Ross

none Jera & Doug Kressly
2011-August 27th

Al Myers & Chad Ullom

>60: Mike Murdock & Rudy Bletscher

none none
2010-August 10th

Al Myers & Chad Ullom

>60: Mike Murdock & Rudy Bletscher

none none
2009-September 20th Al Myers & Chad Ullom none none
2008-September 20th Al Myers & Joe Garcia none none
2007-September 8th Al Myers & Chad Ullom none none

*This table will be maintained and updated in the History Section page on the website.

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