Heavy Lift Championships

by Al Myers

Group Picture - front row left to right Al Myers, Denny Habecker, Chad Ullom back row left to right Scott Schmidt, Dale Friesz, Art Montini

Denny Habecker hosted the 2009 Heavy Lift Championships on May 16th, 2009. Only six lifters participated, but the field was full of experienced lifters. The meet was decided by my last Hip Lift, which I had to make to edge out my good friend and training partner Chad Ullom. With his encouragement, I was able to make the lift!!! However, the win was offset with a loss. I have always struggled with the Neck Lift, and I would just watch in amazement as the “Miracle Man” Dale Friesz and the “Man of Steel” Art Montini Neck Lift. They lift weights in the Neck Lift that a normal person would think impossible considering their ages and bodyweights. Once finished with the Neck Lift, and with a pain in my neck, I made the statement, “If anyone could show me how to lift 500 pounds in this lift, I will buy everyone steak dinners afterwards!!!” Well, the two of them started giving me tips and “the secret” and before I knew it I Neck Lifted 500 pounds easily, and I now feel 600 is a real possibility. I try to be a man of my word, so supper afterwards was on me!! But it was a loss I didn’t mind!!!Scott Schmidt showed everyone how much determination he has. He missed his opener in the Hip Lift – everytime with balance issues. However, even when he was out of attempts, he took an extra attempt and got it to set a new age group Hip Lift Record!!!! The Heavy Lifts are fickle, and the slightest change in body position can make several hundred pounds difference. I know Scott wasn’t totally satisfied, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the next time he Hip Lifts he goes over 2000#!!! We even had a surprise guest. Toward the end of the meet, in walks “The Living Legend” John Vernacchio. John was a fierce competitor in the earlier USAWA days, and was responsible for promoting some of the biggest meets ever in the USAWA. I really enjoyed getting to visit with him. After the meet, Judy Habecker prepared the best post-meet meal I have ever had. Denny and Judy are very gracious hosts and they did everything possible to make this day a special event for everyone.

FULL MEET RESULTS:

2009 USAWA Heavy Lift Championships

May 16th, 2009
Habecker’s Garage

Meet Director:  Denny Habecker

Scorekeeper: Judy Habecker
Loader:  Alan Schmidt and all lifters

Officials:  Three Officials used on all lifts – Denny Habecker, Art Montini, Dale Friesz, Al Myers, Chad Ullom, Scott Schmidt

Lifts:  Neck Lift, Hand and Thigh, Hip Lift

Lifter
Age
BW
Neck
H&T
Hip
Total
Points
Al Myers
42
254
405
1204
1845
3454.0
2800.6
Chad Ullom
37
230
501.8
1204
1603
3308.8
2740.0
Dale Friesz
68
178
405
405
1000
1810.0
2231.0
Art Montini
81
182
309.5
405
895
1609.5
2155.4
Denny Habecker
66
189
276.5
593
895
1764.5
2067.0
Scott Schmidt
56
266
249
1004
0
1253.0
1127.6


BW (Bodyweight) in pounds.  All lifts in pounds. Points are weight and age adjusted.

Record attempts:  Scott Schmidt 1581# in Hip Lift

Quiz of the Week – Who is this Strongman from the past?

by Al Myers

Congratulations to this weeks winner – Thom Van Vleck of Kirksville, Missouri.

Warren Lincoln Travis

He correctly identified this strongman from the early 1900’s as Warren Lincoln Travis. Travis was born in Brooklyn and turned professional at the age of 21. He was of modest size for a strongman of that era, weighing only around 200 pounds at his prime. In 1906, he was awarded the “World’s Greatest Weightlifter” by a popular strength publication at the time, and received a jewel-studded belt which he is wearing in this picture. Travis was also an all-round weightlifter and has had much influence on the lifts done today in the USAWA. He favorite lifts were the Heavy Lifts, such as the Harness Lift and the Back Lift, and the Finger Lifts. In front of witness’s, he has lifted 3985 pounds in the Harness Lift and 4140 pounds in the Back Lift. In 1907, he lifted with one finger 667 pounds!!!! Travis was a fantastic performer and would present himself as “The Strongest Man in the World” at his performances. Travis was very successful as a businessman, and as a result was very wealthy. When other strongmen would challenge him, he would often put up very large amounts of money as a side bet, which resulted in very few takers. Warren Lincoln Travis continued to lift heavy weights until his death. At the age of 65, Travis died during one of his performances of a heart attack at Luna Park on Coney Island. Several skeptics at the time blamed his death on his heavy lifting in his older age. I do not believe this, as I know several lifters today maintain great heath and continue to lift and compete past the age of 80!!! His lifetime of lifting and training probably added many years to his life. Warren Lincoln Travis left a Challenge to the World in his will, which was an open challenge to anyone who could duplicate or exceed his lifting accomplishments. The first person to do this would receive his prized jewel-studded belt!! Listed below is the challenge Travis claimed he could do.

Warren Lincoln Travis – Challenge to the World

1. Take a 100 pound barbell from the floor with both hands, and press it overhead 10 times while seated (must be done in 30 seconds)

2. Take a pair of 90 pound dumbbells from the side of the body to the shoulders, and press it to arms length overhead.

3. Teeth lift from the floor, hands behind neck, 350 pounds.

4. Finger Lift from the floor 350 pounds with one finger, eight times in five seconds.

5. Finger lift from the floor 560 pounds with one finger once.

6. Two hand grip lift, straddling the weight, 700 pounds twenty times in ten seconds.

7. Hand and Thigh Lift 1600 pounds once.

8. Back Lift 3660 pounds once.

9. Harness Lift 3580 pounds once.

10. Back Lift 2000 pounds, 250 times in seven minutes.

Also, his rules stated that these lifts must all be done in 30 MINUTES!! And must be done for TEN STRAIGHT YEARS!!!! Needless to say, his jewel-studded belt still resides in the York Barbell Hall of Fame.

Quiz of the Week

by Al Myers

Which lifter has participated in the most National Championships?

Winner receives a USAWA Patch!!!!!

Rules: 1st response to webmaster with correct answer wins

Only 1 answer per day

Hint: He has competed in 20 of the 21 National Championships, only missing the very first one in 1988.

We have a winner!!!! Scott Schmidt, of Cleveland Ohio, named the lifter who has participated in the most National Championships. It is Dennis Mitchell. Dennis has been very involved with the USAWA since the beginning. He has served as chairperson of the Technical Committee for many years. He also was Co-Meet Director of the 2008 National Championships. Next in line is our President, Denny Habecker, who has competed in 19 of the 21 Championships, followed by Art Montini (18 of the 21) and Dale Friesz (17 of the 21).

Dennis Mitchell, performing one of his favorite lifts, the Bent Press, at the IAWA World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Eastern Open Postal

by Al Myers

Eastern Open Postal Meet
March 2009

Meet Director:  John Wilmot

Lifts:  French Press, Cheat Curl, and Jefferson Lift

Lifter Age BWT Wt.Class French Curl Jefferson Total Points
Women:
Kari Landis 27 170 80 35 80 185 300 295.14
Men:
John Monk, Jr. 43 175 80 100 150 425 675 678.34
Denny Habecker 66 184 85 77 110 275.5 462.5 550.78
Randy Smith 54 193 90 125 185 315 625 655.50
Jonathan Ciavattone 14 195 90 80 135 315 530 576.66
Joe Ciavattone, Jr. 15 205 95 120 175 455 750 760.55
Dennis Vandermark 55 207 95 60 135 250 445 452.76
John Wilmot 62 213 100 80 120 300 500 531.11
Orie Barnett 48 229.5 105 138 155 425 718 649.34
Al Myers 42 252 115 120 198 573 891 725.65
Joe Ciavattone, Sr. 40 245 115 140 200 405 745 603.31
James Malloy 67 248 115 110 140 350 600 612.17

BWT in pounds. Wt. Class in kilograms. Lifts in pounds. Points are age and weight adjusted.

Best Female Lifter:  Kari Landis
Best Male Lifter:  Joe Ciavattone, Jr.

Deanna Springs Meet

by Al Myers

Joe Garcia wins the Deanna Meet

Group Picture - Front row Bill Clark. Back row left to right Al Springs, Joe Garcia, Al Myers, and Chad Ullom

Four lifters made their way to Clark’s Gym during a late spring snow storm to participate in the Deanna Springs Memorial. The day I left for the meet I received over 6 inches of snow at home, which is unusual for Kansas in March. I was able to stay ahead of the storm and was fortunate that the weather had improved when it was time to return home. This meet is a memorial meet honoring the late Deanna Springs, who was the wife of Al Springs. So, it was a quite a highlight, when Al Springs showed up!!! Al has had a rough year having just had heart bypass surgery this year. He has been involved with the USAWA for many years, not just as a lifter but also as a meet promoter. Most lifters would give up lifting after heart surgery. But Al is a hardcore lifter, like many of the other USAWA lifters, and shows what determination is all about. He is a true inspiration to everyone!! Joe Garcia easily won the meet with his strength in the heavy lifts. Joe made a huge hip lift of 1875#, and almost made 2075#. Joe is a technician in the heavy lifts. One thing I really admire about Joe is his willingness to share lifting tips with his competitors. My training partner Chad Ullom again turned in a solid lifting performance. Chad is a very well-rounded lifter and has very few weak lifts. I want to thank Bill Clark again for hosting this annual event. We concluded the day with our traditional post-meet meal at the Golden Corral. Everyone left with sore muscles and a full belly.

FULL MEET RESULTS:

Deanna Springs Memorial Meet
March 28, 2009
Clark’s Gym, Columbia, Missouri

Meet Director: Bill Clark
Official (1 official system used): Bill Clark
Loader: James Foster

Lifts:  Crucifix, Cheat Curl, Hand and Thigh, Hip Lift, Deanna Lift

Lifter Age BW Crucifix Cheat Curl H&T Hip Deanna Total Points
Joe Garcia 55 240 70 155 1275 1875 575 3950 3711.88
Al Myers 42 253 90 190 1105 1475 755 3615 2936.31
Chad Ullom 37 232 80 175 1105 1475 665 3500 2886.45
Al Springs 67 212 40 65 375 525 235 1240 1373.01

Body weight in pounds.  All lifts in pounds.

Quiz of the Week – Name this Mystery Lifter

by Al Myers

Scott Schmidt, of Cleveland Ohio, correctly identified this lifter as Howard Prechtel.

Howard Prechtel performing a Clean and Jerk in his younger days.

Clark’s Gym Record Day

by Bill Clark

CLARK’S GYM RECORD DAY

Two gym members enjoyed an afternoon of punishment and came away with a good record haul. Both made their first efforts ever in a record day. Clark’s Gym Feb. 22, 2009 Dave Beversdorf, a 43-year-old neurologist on the staff at the University of Missouri Hospital and Medical Center, has been a gym member for a year, interested primarily in the bench press. He proved it on this day. He weighed in at 290. Lewis Heater is the 16-year-old high school junior who did a job in the Zercher meet.

great Beversdorf – broke Steve Schmidt ‘ s all-time Roman Chair bench press record by five pounds with 215. “Once is enough,” he said. He then set 40-45 age group records with 275 in the close grip bench, 335 with an alternate grip and 315 with a reverse grip.

The records are USAWA only. THe only official was had a long day. He weighed 203 at age 16. He did a 175 bear hug; 185 close-grip bench, 250 alternate grip bench, 225 with reverse grip bench, 70 pounds each with left and right hands on the bench, a Roman Chair bench of 100, 120 clean and press on the knees, 95 Ib. French press, 100 pounds in the Roman Chair situp, 75-lb. left hand swing and 80 with a right hand swing, then 2×50 in the two-arm swing.

Dino Gym Record Day

by Al Myers

Three generations of lifters - Al Myers, Molly Myers, and LaVerne Myers

We had a very successful record day at the Dino Gym. We had 9 lifters and over 40 USAWA records broken! There were many highlights of the day. I was very excited to see Ben Edwards, of Lawrence Kansas, show up. Ben is well known for his grip accomplishments. He has competed in numerous grip competitions. He lifted 202 pounds in the one-arm 2″ Vertical Bar Deadlift with both the right and left!! I have always felt that breaking the 200 pound barrier in the 2″VB is the mark that puts a lifter in an elite group. Doing it with both hands is even more impressive. The USAWA rules for One-Arm VB lifting is more strict than other organizations. The lifting hand has to be above mid-thigh, the legs straight, and the bar has to be completely motionless at the finish. I was glad to see Jason Payne make his return to the USAWA. Jason came in set to break the gym record in the hub lift. The hub lift is not an USAWA lift. The gym record was 55 pounds until Jason broke it numerous times. He ended up with 62 pounds. Afterwards, he gave a shot at hub lifting an old-style York 45, but was too tired at that point. I think he would have had a good chance at it if he was fresh!! We had three young kids set numerous records. It is really exciting to see the enthusiasm in young lifters as they set a record. You can see in their faces the feeling of accomplishment. My daughter, Molly, even set the most records at 13. She became the first female to set a gym record. She did 70 pounds in the Mansfield Lift!! I have a feeling that this may stand for quite some time in our gym. The highlight for me on this day was having my father compete in his first weightlifting event. I was quite surprised how well he did considering this was his first time ever lifting weights. My dad has spent his life as a dairyman and farmer and the years of hard farm work is a strength training program in itself. When I was setting a record in the one-arm Inch Dumbbell Deadlift, he joined in and beat me head to head!! This is a dumbbell with a handle of 2.5 inches in diameter. We both got 140 pounds with our right arms, but he got 140 with his left while I could manage just 130. His lift of 167pounds in the one-arm 2″ VB was also quite impressive. I want to thank everyone who showed up to make this day a great success.

FULL MEET RESULTS:

Dino Gym Record Day
February 15, 2009
Dino Gym, Abilene, Kansas

Meet Director:  Al Myers
Officials (3 official system used): Al Myers, Ben Edwards, and Brian Krenzin

Lifters and Records:

Chris Krenzin  BW – 123 lbs.  Age – 8 years  Class:  Male 60 Kilos  8-9 Age Group

Curl, Strict  30 lbs.                                Deadlift, Heels Together  130 lbs.
Vertical Bar, 2″, Right Arm  73 lbs.

Molly Myers   BW – 114 lbs.  Age – 10 years   Class: Female 55 Kilos 10-11 Age Group

Curl, Strict   35 lbs.                                Curl, Cheat    45 lbs.
Clean and Press   45 lbs.                          Deadlift, Right Arm  90 lbs.
Deadlift, Left Arm   90 lbs.                        Deadlift, Heels Together 160 lbs.
Jefferson Lift  160 lbs.                             Pullover & Push   70 lbs.
Bench Feet in Air   60 lbs.                        Bench, Hands Together  45 lbs.
Maxey Press   40 lbs.                              Mansfield Lift   70 lbs.
Vertical Bar, 2″, Right Arm   88 lbs.

Tyler Krenzin   BW – 105 lbs.  Age – 11 years   Class:  Male 50 Kilos  10-11 Age Group

Curl, Strict  25 lbs.                                   Deadlift, Heels Together  120 lbs.
Vertical Bar, 2″, Right Arm  63 lbs.

Casey Barten  BW – 175 lbs.  Age – 29 years   Class:   Male 80 Kilo Open Age Group

Bench Press, Right Hand  70 lbs                   Bench Press, Left Hand  80 lbs.
Deadlift, Fulton Bar, Left Arm   121 lbs.         Vertical Bar, 1″, Right Arm 185 lbs.
Vertical Bar, 1″, Left Arm  165 lbs.

Ben Edwards  BW – 218 lbs.  Age – 33 years   Class:  Male 100 Kilo  Open Age Group

Vertical Bar, 2″, Right Arm 202 lbs.               Vertical Bar, 2″, Left Arm 202 lbs.
Deadlift, No Thumb, Left Arm 230 lbs.

Jason Payne BW – 272.5 lbs.  Age – 43 years  Class:  Male 125 Kilo 40-44 Age Group

Hub Lift, Right Arm  62 lbs.

Brian Krenzin  BW – 330 lbs. Age – 38 years  Class:  Male Unlimited Open Age Group

Abdominal Raise, Roman Chair 60 lbs.              Wrist Curl  150 lbs.

Al Myers  BW – 255 lbs.  Age – 42 years   Class:  Male 120 Kilo 40-44 Age Group

Roman Chair Situp  1000 lbs.                         Wrist Curl  220 lbs.
Deadlift, No Thumb, Right Arm  230 lbs.           Curl, Strict   101 lbs.
Deadlift, Inch DB, Right Arm 140 lbs.               Deadlift, Inch DB, Left Arm  130 lbs.

LaVerne Myers BW – 244 lbs.  Age – 64 years  Class:  Male 115 Kilo 60-64 Age Group

Vertical Bar, 2″, Left Arm  167 lbs.                  Deadlift, Inch DB, Right Arm 140 lbs.
Deadlift, Inch DB, Left Arm 140 lbs.                Curl, Strict  101 lbs.
Wrist Curl  180 lbs.

Zercher Meet

by Al Myers

Zercher Meet
Clarks Gym
January 31, 2009

Meet Director:  Bill Clark
Official (1 official system used):  Bill Clark
Loader:  Tom Powell

Lifters:
Abe Smith      27 years, 180 lbs
Joe Garcia      55 years, 236 lbs
Lewis Heater  16 years, 201 lbs

Lifts:                             Smith               Garcia               Heater
Leg Press                        800                  450                  650
Clean & Press, HT            225                  165                  155
Clean & Jerk                    280                  185                  170
Deadlift, Heels Together   450                  275                   400
Bench, Feet in Air            300                   240                  240
Hack Lift                         390                  275                  225
Zercher                           375                  250                  360
Deadlift, One Arm            300 L                250 R               200 R
Steinborn                        305                  195                  235
Neck Lift                         325                  405                  375
Hand & Thigh                  1275                 1275                675
Hip Lift                           1475                 1875               1285
Harness Lift                    1875                 2295                2000

Total                              8370                8135                6870
Points                            7950.66            7714.42            6732.53

All lifts in pounds. Clean and Press done with heels together.

Dino Gym Challenge

by Al Myers

Steve Schmidt sets USAWA Back Lift Record!

Steve Schmidt with a 3050# Back Lift.

Steve Schmidt became the first man to Backlift over 3000 pounds in the an official USAWA meet. His 3050# Backlift record was set at the Dino Challenge in Holland, Kansas on January 17th. He lifted in a record session prior to the meet which was judged by Bill Clark, Al Myers, and Chad Ullom. He broke the previous record of 2920# three times with lifts of 2930#, 3000# and finally his new record of 3050#. Steve has been training the back lift over 20 years to achieve this hard earned record. Steve owns nearly ever rep record with the back lift, including his famous 8 million pound rep record in 3 hours set in 2002.

The Dino Challenge drew 4 lifters to compete in a meet that tested not only strength, but flexibility and agility. Chad Ullom, of Topeka Kansas, came out on top winning 3 of the 5 events. He surprised everyone with his 200# Zeigler Clean, which is a clean done balancing a 2.5# plate on your head!!! Chad also won the Dino Challenge last year. Rudy Bletscher, at 73 years old, showed everyone that he still has the athleticism to complete this selection of difficult lifts.

FULL MEET RESULTS:

2009 Dino Challenge
January 17th, 2009
Dino Gym, Abilene, Kansas

Lifts: Kelly Snatch, Zeigler Clean, Judd Clean & Jerk, James Lift, and the Allen Lift.

Meet Director: Al Myers

Official (1 official system used): Bill Clark
Loaders: Mike Murdoch and Mark Mitchell


Lifter BW
AGE Kelly Ziegler Judd James Allen Total
Chad Ullom 231 37 70 150 150 125 35 530
Al Myers 251 42 50 100 100 85 45 380
Scott Campbell 303 34 25 65 120 125 25 360
Rudy Bletscher 222 73 25 85 50 55 2 217

All Lift Results in Pounds.
Extra lifts for record
Chad Ullom, Zeigler Clean:  200#

Record Session:
Steve Schmidt, Age: 53, BW:230;  Backlift: 3050#

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