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.
Because we are still a new organization and want to constantly improve how we operate, we are experimenting with the following changes to the club. If you have any feedback or suggestions you’d like to share, feel free to contact any of our captains/officers individually or the club as a whole at buckeyebarbell AT gmail.com.
- Team Captains
- We are introducing captains to try and form a more team-like atmosphere.
- Captains are experienced members who are eager to help. They will continuously update their training schedule in this Google calendar with a day of the week that they are willing to help out with anything (training advice, spotting, recording a set. etc.)
- They are also required to set a good example for the club, which includes helping out lifters at meets, volunteering at high school meets, making themselves available via email or Facebook to answer questions, and always maintaining a positive relationship with Rec Sports.
- Training Schedule
- We have done away with the regular Tuesday and Friday workouts, although the Sunday workout remains.
- Instead, check the calendar for days you can train with a captain.
- Intraclub Competition
- Although it is impractical for everyone to train together due to space and time considerations, we want everybody to be able to see their teammates’ progress, both for camaraderie and for friendly competition.
- Captains will maintain a gym PR leaderboard to add a competitive aspect for the time periods in between meets and for those who do not want to go to sanctioned meets.
- EVERY member will be encouraged to post PRs to the club Facebook group and/or to send us the videos to post on our Facebook page.
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……
Buckeye Barbell Club volunteers returned to three Springfield-area high school meets this winter as spotters, loaders, judges and scorekeepers. The club volunteered at push-pull meets hosted by Northeastern HS and Kenton Ridge HS, and the full power meet hosted by Shawnee HS. We sold club shirts during each meet to raise money for USAPL Raw Nationals. Thanks to all the volunteers, the meet directors and staff, and KR Social Studies teacher John Downing for helping us continue our involvement with high school powerlifting in Ohio.
In other news, registration for the Rec Sports bench press tournament will open on February 17. The tournament will be held on Sunday, March 23 at Jesse Owens North with a start time of 1 PM. Pre-registration for the tournament will be through the Rec Sports site; watch for the registration link to be posted on our Events page when registration opens.
The club kicks off the 2014 competition schedule with the No-Frills Meet in Kalamazoo on February 22, the Arnold on February 28 and March 2, and our big meet of this semester, the Battle of the Great Lakes in Copley, OH on April 12. Check out our Competition page for information about upcoming meets and links to meet entry forms.