Team Nationals

Team Nationals – The Dino Gym versus The JWC

by Al Myers

Front row (left to right) - Al Myers and Chad Ullom Back row (left to right) - John O'Brien and Thom Van Vleck

The Dino Gym and the JWC squared off against each other as the only two entries in this year’s USAWA Team Nationals. The Dino Gym Team consisted on Chad Ullom and myself,  while the JWC Team consisted of Thom Van Vleck and John O’Brien.  Team Dino Gym took the early lead and held on for the Overall Win – but there were no losers in this event as both teams were in different weight classes and divisions.  Several difficult lifts were contested this year that required the teams to work well in unison. The meet started out with the Team One Arm Snatch.  Performing an One Arm Snatch by yourself is difficult enough – but it is twice as hard when doing it as a Team.  Both lifter’s lockouts have to be in perfect synch with one another – or the weight will shift to the lifter with the slower lockout and make it impossible for that lifter to finish the lift. The next lift was the Team Deadlift with the Fulton Bar, done with a Ciavattone Grip.  Again, both lifters need to pull with the same speed and style because if the bar doesn’t come up even, the weight shifts to the lifter on the low side and you will lose your grip. The Team Bench Press – Feet in Air had to be the most difficult (and unnerving) lift in the entire competition.  Balance was a big factor in this lift, and not only did it require total confidence in your team partner but the other team as well. After all, we had to spot each other!!!  Both Teams could have done more in this lift.  The meet ended with the Team Jefferson Lift.  The Team Jefferson Lift is much easier together than you would originally think. By positioning your feet “opposite of each other”, the bar comes straight up and doesn’t want to twist.  Several new USAWA Team Records were set today and much fun was had by all in this “friendly” competition.  In fact, Thom and John wanted a rematch – and Chad and I accepted. So there will be more to come involving the Dino Gym versus the JWC.

FULL MEET RESULTS:

Team Nationals
Dino Gym, Abilene, Kansas
September 20th, 2009

Meet Director:  Al Myers

Lifts:  Team Snatch – One Arm
Team Bench Press – Feet in Air
Team Deadlift – Fulton Bar, Ciavattone Grip
Team Jefferson Lift

Officials (3 official system used):  Scott Tully, Al Myers, Chad Ullom, Thom Van Vleck, John O’Brien

Scorekeeper:  Scott Tully

Dino Gym Team:
Al Myers -  43 years old, 255 pounds BWT
Chad Ullom – 37 years old, 232 pounds BWT
OPEN DIVISION & 120 KG WEIGHT CLASS

JWC Team:
Thom Van Vleck – 45 years old, 293 pounds BWT
John O’Brien – 40 years old, 280.5 pounds BWT
MASTERS 40-44 AGE GROUP DIVISION  & 125 KG PLUS WEIGHT CLASS

Results:

Team Snatch Deadlift Bench Press
Jefferson Total
Points
Dino Gym
235 606 575 1000 2416 1897.8
JWC
215 518 575 850 2158 1600.0


All lifts recorded in pounds.  Points are bodyweight and age adjusted.


NEWS FROM THE DINO GYM

by Al Myers

This past weekend, the Dino Gym promoted two competitions on Saturday, July 18th. The first was a Bench Press/Deadlift Competition sanctioned through the organization 100% Raw Powerlifting. The second was the Central Plains Highlander sanctioned through the North American Highlander Association. NAHA is a new organization promoted by D.J. Satterfield, that provides competitions that are a combination of Highland Games and Strongman. This sport requires the athleticism of Highland Game athletes along with the strength of Strongman to be successful at it. The Dino Gym is promoting the first NAHA Nationals at the Dino Gym on September 19th, 2009. 100% Raw Powerlifting is an organization that limits the use of lifting gear (allows belts only!) and the meets are drug-tested. Both of these are good fits for the Dino Gym!!!! Even though the turnout was small and most of the competitors were gym members, the quality in these two competitions was outstanding!!!

Conner Wins Liberty Strongman Classic!!

by Al Myers

John Conner training for the Hummer Tire Deadlift - where he pulled 905 pounds.

John Conner, the Dino Gym Phenom, won the Liberty Strongman Classic this past weekend in Philadelphia. This professional strongman contest was directed by Al Thompson, and was attended by several of the top professional strongmen in the United States. I am very proud of John, as I have watched him train very hard these past few months with a new sense of determination. I don’t think John is anywhere near his potential yet.

At times, it was estimated that over 7000 people were watching the strongman show. Here is a YouTube Video of John being the first competitor to load all 5 stones at Frawly Stadium – just watch the fans go wild!!!

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.

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#