We were proud to be the host of the 100% Raw National Championships at Evolution Fitness and Tucson Barbell Club. Over 140 power lifters from around the country came to put on a show for 2 days. We had a packed house! Tucson Barbell Club was represented well. Jackie Luciano Set the state record for the deadlift at 330lbs, Andrew Lee shattered his old state record with a 462lb Squat in the 155lb weight class. He also set the state record for overall total. Jennifer Dumes set the state record for squat and deadlift for the 148 weight class 30-35 year old age division. We had many first time lifters take the platform and everyone set new Personal bests at this meet. Couldn’t be more proud of our team. I also want to thank all of our team member that didn’t compete and chose to help spot and run the scoring table for this event. Thanks to all that supported this event.
Andrew Lee took home the Best overall Lifter Award with the highest Coefficient total.
We were fortunate enough to send a team of 4 to University Nationals this year. For Jackie, Nate, and Adam this was their first national meet. They gave me a couple hard attacks with some of their attempts but all in all a great job. Heather placed 3rd overall in the 48 Kg weight class and made some new meet personal records. I could not be more proud of my lifters. They trained extremely hard for this meet and it shows. We got to meet some amazing lifters and coaches and exposure to what higher level Weightlifting is like.
Another GREAT meet held by August Schmidt of East Valley Crossfit. I had 3 lifters compete at this one and they did one hell of a job. Jake (88kg/110kg), Nate (101kg/121kg) and, Adam(107kg/137kg). They trained hard through this meet and performed very well.
We had a great time at the Grand Canyon Winter Open. We went in to get some qualifiying totals for University Nationals in April and we did. Jackie and Adam both totalled at their first weightlifting meet. So far we have Jackie, Rufe, Adam, Heather and Julie qualified for University Nationals and we have another meet on February 23rd to get a couple more lifters qualified.
For the past few months we have had a 515pm Mon/Wed/Fri class that focuses on training strength movements (squat, deadlift, press, bench) and it has become very popular. The original name of the class was strength and power. We have changed it to Barbell Club. Lots of the lifters in it have become more then members but also friends. We have become a community of lifters that strive to better themselves and get stronger. We have big plans for them outside of the squat rack.
We decided we are going to open classes up to 5 days a week at 515pm. I wanted to give our members more options and a more diverse skill set.
What are we going to do with those 2 extra days? Those days will focus on mobility, Olympic lifts, and short and hard conditioning. These days will be a great compliment to the 3 days of hard and heavy training.
We encourage those of you that can to add at least one of these additional days to your current program. Ask Chris or Danny about upgrading to unlimited training.
Our Official USAW Club Banner is up and it looks awesome. A lot has happened in the month of January. We remodeled the gym and rearranged a few things. I will try to get some new pictures up of the updated facility. 6 of our lifters will be competing at the Grand Canyon State Winter Games. They will be trying to obtain a University Nationals Qualifying Total. I have great faith this meet will go well as they have been training very hard for it. Lastly we have added a 515 Monday - Friday Barbell strength class that focuses on the main strength movements.
On Sat. Dec. 8 Carol Adams was In New Mexico and competed in the 2012 Winter Olympic Weightlifting Meet. She Snatch 27kg, C & J 38kg(PR), total 65kg(PR). All were NM state records for W65 – 69 age, 69kg weight category. We are very proud of her hard work and her tenacity to ever improve. She recently competed at the American Masters 5 weeks ago and won gold with a 28kg/36kg 64kg total.
A lot has happen The American Masters Open went and passed and our Carol Adams went and competed in it and Placed first in the Women’s 60 – 65 year old age division competing at 63kg. She went 6 for 6 with a 28kg/36kg 64kg Total. We could not be more proud.
Carol on the right with TOMMY KONO
This coming weekend is the American Open in Palms Springs and Heather Zahner will be competing in the 48kg Class on Saturday. Wish her luck she has been training really hard for it and we hope to see her do well coming back from her 4 year hiatus from the sport.
Heather made a little mash-up video of our training sessions. It is a nice mix of good lifts and some silliness.
Sorry for the lack of updates. We have been training hard since the East Valley Open. We have slowed down a big on going big a lot and focusing on more technique working on consistency. After the Honey Badger Invitational on Oct 27th a bunch of my lifters will take a nice slow week off. They have been going hard since the beginning of the year. We will treat the next 12 weeks as a off season and focus on weakness and drop the volume down a bit. Certain lifters will either be doing a strength cycle or a tech cycle depending where they are at. We will see how many of us will make it to the American Open and after that start planning our training out for University Nationals and Nationals next year.