Author Archives: Thom Van Vleck

Highland Games Masters 2014

by Thom Van Vleck
Chad Ullom tossing the caber in Scotland!
Recently USAWA members Dave Glasgow, Chad Ullom, and Thom Van Vleck went to Inverness, Scotland to attend the Masters World Champs of Highland Games.  Unfortunately, Dean Ross was unable to attend.  Dean was the last person to have attended EVERY SINGLE MWC since it’s inception a […]

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Tomatin Toss

by Thom Van Vleck
All lined up for the "Tomatin Toss" which was an attempt to break the Guinness Word Record for a mass caber toss! photo by Chad Ullom
USAWA members Chad Ullom and myself recently took a trip to Inverness, Scotland to take part in the Masters World Championship of Highland Games.  I will report […]

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The Gada: Part III

by Thom Van Vleck
Dalton would do any kind of movement he did with a dumbbell with his modified "Gada" or "Indian Club" dumbbells.
In part three I said I’d get to how you would train Dalton Jackson style with the Gada.  I first want to explain to you that his is not intended to […]

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The Gada: Part II

by Thom Van Vleck
Overall view of my loadable Gada
In Part I you learned what the Gada was and a little history behind it.  Next up will be my own design of the ultimate “Gada” training tool.  You may have seen this before as I have used it for weaver stick style training and sledge hammer […]

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The Gada Part 1

by Thom Van Vleck
The Great Gama with his Gada (Mace).
When I was a kid my first influence in physical fitness was my grandfather Dalton Jackson  He started training in 1928 at the age of 13.  At that time training information was sparse and what was available was often poor and sometimes dangerous!  One […]

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