by Al Myers
The lifter of the month for the month of March goes to James Fuller!
The only USAWA competition that was held in March was Frank’s Barbell Club Record Breaker, held on March 16th. James resides in Hallowell, Maine. To my knowledge, he is the only USAWA registered member from the state of Maine. James has been actively involved in the USAWA for 3 years, and has competed in several USAWA competitions, including two Heavy Lift Championships. Just last weekend James lifted in the Heavy Lift Champs in Walpole, Massachusetts, and in the process was crowned AGE/BWT Heavy Lift Champion and placed 5th overall in a very tough field of competitors.
After the competition, James put on a hub lifting demo in which he cleaned and pressed Frank’s very old Deep Dish York 45 (which has a very wide 4-3/4″ hub), double hub lifted a pair of wide-flanged BEN Olympic plates, snatched a BEN plate by the hub, and did a partial holdout with a BEN plated by the hub. All this hub lifting was done in quick fashion with very little rest time! I should mention that a large crowd was present to witness this extraordinary lifting besides just myself.
But the lifts that won James the LIFTER OF THE MONTH was not his hub lifting. It was because of a couple of very difficult record day lifts which he completed at Franks. The first being a Kelly Snatch of 108 pounds, and the second being a Kneeling Snatch of 108 pounds. His record in the Kelly Snatch is an ALL TIME record across all weight classes!
Congrats James for being the March LIFTER OF THE MONTH!