Buckeye Barbell has gotten off to a fast start in 2015. In the beginning of the year, several current and former club members went to Beyond Limits Training for an open house/PR day.
There, our treasurer Suzanne hit a 295×3 deadlift in prep for the Ohio Classic at the Arnold.
Also, our coach John Downing hit a 405 bench press, also in prep for the Arnold.
At the regular workouts, we’ve had many people come to learn proper technique on squat, bench, and deadlift. Our club has grown by seven members already this semester.
In addition to the workouts, we’ve continued outreach to the Ohio powerlifting community. We’ve gone to two HS powerlifting meets in the Springfield area to help spot, load and judge.
Also, in the beginning of February, we hosted the Rec Sports Bench Press Clinic. Our coach, John Downing, led the clinic on bench form. The annual clinic is free and is open to all Ohio State students.
Following that up, we hosted the annual Rec Sports Bench Press competition on February 22nd. In addition to providing all of the judges, spotters and scorers, several club members also competed.
Here is Hannah benching 135:
And Brian benching 295:
This weekend, Logan, Maria, Suzanne and Chris are travelling to Allendale, MI for the USAPL “No Frills” competition. Then, next Friday, John is lifting in the IPF raw challenge at the Arnold Sports Festival. Then on Sunday March 8th, Suzanne and Pete are lifting in the Ohio Classic at the Arnold. Also, many club members are acting as spotters/loaders for the IPF events throughout the entire weekend. After the Arnold the club will be gearing up for the USAPL “Battle of the Great Lakes” meet in Cleveland on April 18th. If you have any interest in competing at that meet with us, send the club an email. The entry form and Facebook event for the Battle of the Great Lakes can be found under our “competition” tab.
As always, if you have any interest in participating in any of the events that we do, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to one of our workouts, which are on Sundays at noon at Jesse Owens South.
On Saturday, November 8th, Buckeye Barbell took a team of 12 competitors and 9 volunteers to the USAPL Ohio State Meet at Coffman YMCA in Dayton, Ohio. The team was coached by John Downing.
For the second consecutive year, Buckeye Barbell took first place in the team competition. In addition to the first place team award, Buckeye Barbell had many individual first and second place finishes, highlighted by Matt Guzik placing first among all male juniors and Sean Moser capturing first place in the men’s 198lb open division. Alex McQuillen set a state record squat in the T3 division. View the full results here.
|Suzanne Witt||165 Open||163||231||121||303||655|
|Binh Nguyen||132 Jr||131||265||176||220||661|
|Alex McQuillen||148 Teen 3||147||347||231||424||1003|
|Evan Byrne||165 Open||163||391||248||402||1040|
|Pete Fischer||181 Teen 3||176||407||270||534||1210|
|Matt Guzik||181 Jr||176||490||298||568||1356|
|Korey Kunze||181 Open||179||375||231||441||1047|
|Sean Moser||198 Jr||195||441||364||573||1377|
|Shawn Stickley||198 Jr||192||474||270||518||1262|
|Logan Awwiller||198 Open||190||370||265||446||1080|
|Abe Chevlen||220 Jr||201||391||259||480||1130|
|Jason Tiemeier||SHW Open||306||518||325||579||1422|
Three club members, Matt Guzik, Hannah Ghindea and John Downing, traveled to Denver, CO this year for USAPL Raw Nationals. Matt was trying to qualify for the Raw Challenge at the Arnold (which requires a 425 Wilks) and came extremely close, just barely missing a deadlift that he had gotten before. Hannah was trying to place well in the 138 Junior division, but at the last minute ended up switching to the 158 weight class. Both Matt and Hannah ended up placing 5th in their respective divisions. John Downing was looking to contend for the Men’s 183 Open title but ended up placing 4th, although he totaled just 2.5 kg shy of the second place finisher and he improved his total substantially from his performance at the Arnold.
|Hannah Ghindea||158 Junior||151||237||143||347||728|
|Matt Guzik||183 Junior||170||480||298||540||1317|
|John Downing||183 Open||180||579||375||573||1528|
Here’s Matt’s video (I did not edit this visual masterpiece)
and here’s Hannah’s last deadlift
Sorry for the delay getting this out…
On April 12th, 2014 Buckeye Barbell competed at the USAPL Battle of the Great Lakes in Copley, Ohio. Buckeye Barbell sent eighteen lifters, seven of which were competing in their first powerlifting meet. Buckeye Barbell won the overall team award (which included beating Purdue) and had many first place individual finishes. Some highlights include Hannah Ghindea sweeping the Junior Ohio State records, Matt Guzik totaling over 1300 lbs and achieving a 400 Wilks and Pete Fischer deadlifting 485 at just 18 years old and 175 lbs bodyweight. Everyone’s results are shown in the table below and the full meet results can be found here (download).
|Hannah Ghindea||165 Jr||151||235||135||320||690|
|Suzanne Witt||165 Open||161||185||110||285||580|
|Dmitry Tumin||165 Open||162||430||215||490||1135|
|Robert O’Brien||165 Open||165||320||220||395||935|
|Pete Fischer||181 Teen 3||175||340||240||485||1065|
|Jim Elli||181 Teen 3||174||315||260||435||1010|
|Matt Guzik||181 Open||174||465||290||565||1320|
|Mike George||181 Open||179||415||265||490||1170|
|Evan Byrne||181 Open||172||375||250||410||1035|
|Korey Kunze||181 Open||174||335||220||375||930|
|Sean Moser||198 Jr||188||430||345||555||1330|
|Troy DeWitt||198 Open||197||320||275||445||1040|
|Abe Chevlen||220 Jr||200||390||265||465||1120|
|Jacob Lindley||220 Jr||200||360||280||430||1070|
|Logan Awwiller||220 Jr||204||355||265||445||1060|
|Tim Struve||220 Open||219||410||335||525||1270|
|AJ Dawes||242 Teen 3||236||525||300||500||1325|
|Jason Tiemeier||SHW Open||292||455||305||565||1325|
In addition to sending competitors, Buckeye Barbell also had multiple volunteers on hand. Corey Sayer, Andy Hingsbergen, Shawn Stickley, Rachel Tumin, Victora Liang and John Downing volunteered the entire day (which was about 7am-9pm) helping with handling lifters, managing warm ups, recording videos, etc, so big thanks to them.
The next big meet on the club’s radar is the USAPL Ohio State meet, sometime in the beginning of November, which is the qualifier for the push-pull meet at the Arnold. We’re looking to finally break the 20 lifter mark in terms of club participation, so make sure your training is going well and keep an eye out for more announcements regarding that.
This past weekend, we had seven club members compete in the USAPL events at the Arnold Sports Festival.
Starting Strength Pro Raw Challenge
|Victoria Liang||138 lb Jr||132||270||171||364||805|
|John Downing||183 lb Open||179||579||336||551||1466|
Next Lifter Ohio Invitational
|Laurie Gooden||165 Open||163||176||314||491|
|Matt Guzik||181 Open||172||270||535||805|
|Shawn Stickley||181 Jr and Open||178||276||529||805|
|Alex Cramer||198 Open||193||298||518||816|
|Tim Struve||220 Open||200||303||507||810|
We also supplied loaders and spotters for all of the USAPL events at the Arnold. These are Buckeye Barbell members spotting Mike Tuchscherer as he broke the IPF world records at 120 kg.
Requirements for volunteering at the Arnold include paying club dues, spotting/loading at a high school or intramural competition, and meet experience. In return, our volunteers received free admission to the expo, t-shirts, food, and a chance to watch world records being broken from just a few inches away.
|Paul Erney||165 Raw Open||163||225||180||350||755|
|Dmitry Tumin||165 Raw Open||159||420||220||490||1130|
|Logan Awwiller||198 Raw Open||198||365||275||440||1080|
|A.J. Dawes||275 Raw Open||253||565||340||525||1430|
The 2014 powerlifting season kicked off with four club members competing in USAPL Michigan‘s No Frills meet. The club lifters combined to make 34 of 36 attempts and break ten PRs. Up next, the club will be competing in the USAPL Battle of the Great Lakes on April 12 in Copley, OH. For a link to the entry form, please see our Competition page.
Full results coming soon.
This year, Buckeye Barbell will have seven members competing in USA Powerlifting events at the Arnold Sports Festival.
At the Raw Challenge on Friday from 8 am to 7 pm, we’ll have:
- John C. Downing in the 83 kg open division and
- Victoria Liang in the 63 kg junior division.
At the Ohio Classic on Sunday from noon to 3 pm, we’ll have
- Laurie Gooden in the 63 kg open division,
- Shawn Stickley in the 83 kg open and junior division,
- Matt Guzik in the 83 kg open division,
- Timothy J. Struve in the 93 kg open division, and
- Alex Cramer in the 93 kg open division.
Here are some members’ thoughts and goals for the upcoming meet.
Despite previously competing in the 220 lb weight class, I am trying to cut to 198.
I think I can do it, but it’s difficult. My goals are to bench 360+ and to dead lift 550+ and I’ve been lifting four days per week consistently.
Training has been consistent but intense, and I have hit new PRs in the past few weeks. I started a new overtrain method with bands and other grueling workouts. It’s only been 9 months since I first competed in August and I have only been powerlifting since November of 2012. I’m excited to be competing one of the biggest stages in the country and I’m looking to hit a 300 lb bench and a 585-600 lb deadlift.
“No Citizen has a right to be an amateur In the matter of physical training….What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates
My road to the Arnold seems to be an uphill battle. Training is training as always, but taking baby steps into my first full year of the adult world of work has thrown a wrench into everything. With that being said, I firmly believe in no excuses and though I have multiple priorities, my drive to get stronger has never been higher. I strive, as the quote says, to see what my body is capable of every day. Whether it is in the classroom or under the bar, I push myself to the extreme. Training for the Arnold has been a long process of adjusting numbers and training maxes. The greatest thing I have taken into consideration is the worth of volume and consistency. My last three cycles of my training program have worked off the same training max. I specifically did this in an attempt to hit higher volume and create a consistent platform of strength within my lifting until I am two weeks out from the Arnold. My goals are sky high going up against the best American 181. Who’s to say I cannot take him down? I will be opening in the kilo close equivalent to 550 on squat, 335 on bench, and 550 on deadlift giving me a nice 1435 total from just my openers and a planed finish around 1575. You do the math I will be making some pre-planned and strategic jumps. And as always no citizen has the right to be an amateur……