BY DAVE GLASGOW
MEET REPORT AND RESULTS
POWER IN SOUTHERN INDIANA
Abstinence of chemical assistance when building strength has long been the message of Larry Traub. His inclination and mind set are that anything worth having is worth working (hard) for and, thus, earning. He has preached this message to hundreds of his high school lifters over the years. That is what led the multi-time national masters powerlifting champ to the USAWA. It was against this backdrop that 5 of his former high school pupils/lifters returned to their mentor, joined his current protege and took to the platform. All to be a part of the first, and now to be annual, USAWA sponsored Monster Garage Powerlifting Meet and Record Breakers Day. The pedigrees of each of these young men is impressive. Even the spotters were former high caliber lifters! One of the judges, Larry’s brother Barry, can even boast a 650 deadlift! The only mongrel in the house was yours truly!! This was, indeed, an exceptional day of lifting.
The premise was simple. The lifts contested would be the three powerlifts. The ‘catch’ being that the rules of the USAWA would be enforced (rules are no joke!). So, all the lifts were truly raw, and as they used to say in drag racing, ‘run what ya brung!’ With only seven contestants, the action was fast and furious. As there were a wide range of weight classes being contested, so were the weights being handled by the lifters.
The youngest of the crowd was 18 year old high school senior, Adam Roth. His flawless technique helped him accumulate a total of 930 pounds at a body weight of 58.8 kg. (he was voted ‘best lifter’ junior and senior years at st. ‘X’ high school, Louisville). Tyler Baines kept the momentum rolling, posting a total of 935 pounds. Another technician, he used that along with determination to secure his place in the meet (he was teen national champ/bronze medalist at sub junior worlds). Showing true competition experience was Felix Rodriguez. His 455 pound deadlift was outstanding and gave way to his final total of 1070 pounds (he was 2nd at teen nationals). Blake Dedas came to show that strongman training has left him in good stead as he posted a fine 1485 total at a 220 pound body weight (he was a subjunior team member and collegiate national champ). Drew Traub, Larry’s boy, provided proof that strength does run in families. He took a break from his usual 60 hour work weeks and ran up a total of 1385 pounds with next to no training for the past year (he was a teen national champ and subjunior world champ). The new kid in the house was Bobby Bonifacio, Larry’s son-in-law (and my god-son in-law, lol). Bobby started training about 9 months ago and to say his lifts needed help, at that time, would be the understatement of the year!! Bobby has persistence, a great attitude and a top notch coach to thank for a very creditable total of an even grand. I am certain this will spur him on to even greater totals in the future.
When the final attempt was made, the tally sheets said that it was the old man, Larry Traub himself, who carried the day! His bench presses made one of the spotters remark, “coach!!? is that your shoulder creekin’?? It sounds like someone is trying to open an old door!!” . His 520 pound squat and 560 pound deadlift would make most lifters days, however, this was a ‘down’ day for him. Regardless, it was enough to win by 175 points on the formula.
As a side note, I want to mention our loaders. Mike Tullis (who was a subjunior world team member) and his running buddy, Jon Clark (who was selected to be on the world subjunior team but subsequently passed up that opportunity to ‘walk on’ as a player at the University of Louisville, where he is today) spent the competition loading for their friends and adding good stories and commentary at the ‘after glow’. These were great kids to be around, indeed!! Although this meet was touted as a ‘record breakers’, I think the days lifting damped spirits for any further lifting as only four USAWA records fell; two by the youngster and two by the ole man.
Plans are already being made for next year’s version of the Monster Garage Powerlifting Meet. the last weekend in April will be the permanent date. We are looking for this meet to be much bigger by then!!
Good friends, great lifting and superb food/drink - what could be better!? Plan NOW to attend next year!! YOU WON’T BE SORRY!
SEE BELOW FOR TOTALS AND PLACINGS
Monster Garage Powerlifting Meet
April 30th, 2011
MEET DIRECTOR: Larry Traub and the Ledaig Heavy Athletics
LIFTS CONTESTED: Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift
OFFICIAL (1-Official System Used): Dave Glasgow
NOTES: BWT is bodyweight in kilograms. All lifts recorded in pounds. Total is total pounds lifted in pounds. Points is adjusted points for bodyweight correction and age allowance.