by Al Myers
I predicted this would happen this summer as Chad Ullom and Rudy Bletscher have been “knocking on the door” of joining the Century Club. The Century Club is a club that recognizes the elite group of USAWA lifters that CURRENTLY hold over 100 USAWA Records. However, it didn’t happen exactly as I thought it would. I predicted it would take place last weekend at Dave’s Ledaig Record Breaker. This was the case for Chad but not for Rudy. Rudy was not able to attend. At the time, I thought it would take another day for him to make this milestone accomplishment (and a little more effort after watching Rudy’s nemesis Mike Murdock take down a couple of Rudy’s records at the Ledaig Record Breaker), but I forgot at the time that at the 2011 Annual General Meeting of the USAWA in June it was voted and passed by the membership to retroactively implement the records set at the 2011 Dino Gym Old-Time Strongman Challenge since the lifts in that competition were approved as new USAWA lifts at the meeting. So Rudy is IN on his prior performances! Chad knocked down several new records at the Ledaig Record Breakers putting him in as well. We celebrated this accomplishment after he broke the USAWA Record in the Snatch on the Knees with a lift of 135 pounds. Coincidentally, both these lifters now stand at 107 USAWA records, which put them at a tie at the number 19 spot out of 21 lifters in the club. Chad is the only lifter on the list that has done ALL of his records competing in the Senior Division (which makes him only eligible for OVERALL RECORDS). This makes his accomplishment all that more impressive. If you are in the Junior Division or Masters Division you have the opportunity to “double dip” on records, which means you may set or break an age group record and an overall record with the same lift. This helps tremendously with “padding” your record count number. I counted back through the USAWA Record list and Chad’s sits NUMBER TWO in OVERALL RECORDS (not age group records) with his 107 (and all I will say about the guy at number 1 is that he has 141 overall records, and Chad knows him quite well as he is his training partner! ).
There are several other lifters close to joining the Century Club that I’m keeping an eye on. But just because you get in the club doesn’t mean that you can “sit back” and revel in your accomplishment, and spend too much time “patting yourself on the back”, because if others break enough of your records you can fall out of it. This has happened (and it bothers me to see it) to a couple of legendary lifters in the USAWA recently, so you must keep up your involvement in the USAWA to “maintain your spot” in the Century Club. Congratulations to Rudy and Chad – I’m very proud of both of you two, and you deserve this recognition.