USAWA Heavy Lift Championships Recap.
This past Saturday I competed in the USAWA Heavy Lift Championships. I won this meet in 2012 and 2014 so I was eager to win this competition again. Prior to the competition my heavy lift training was going very well, despite some injuries. When I saw who was competing at the USAWA Heavy Lift Championships I knew I had my work cut out. There were several big players, but the one who stood out to me was a former heavy lift champion, hall of fame inductee, and someone I have never beaten in a big bar lifting competition. To add insult to injury, two weeks prior to this competition I got a bad strain in my neck from the base of my head down through my trap causing me to barely be able to lift my neck. I spent a lot of time rehabbing my neck and hoped for the best.
Competition day came and I gave it my best. The first event was the neck lift. This was the first time I didn’t win a neck lift in a competition, but I did lift a respectable 900 lbs., which kept me in the meet. Next was the hand and thigh lift. I ended up breaking the national record and setting a personal record with a lift of 1510 lbs. I felt strong so I decided to try for 1600 lbs. on my fourth attempt, but didn’t have enough left in the tank. The last lift of the day was the harness lift. I hit a big 2270 lbs. for a PR, national age group record, and the win. My effort also was just enough to give me the overall win for the third time in the USAWA Heavy Lift Championships.
Big bar lifting like these movements is extremely taxing on your system, and I thank HMB and PEAK ATP for allowing me to compete at the highest level possible.