USAWA Record Day Results – “Sir Lance-A-Lot’s Record Day”

I had a good time Saturday at Eric Todd’s training facility near Turney, Missouri.  He hosted a USAWA Record Day that he titled “Sir Lance-A-Lot’s Record Day.”  Lance Foster was turning 50 years old.

Lance Foster, Dean Ross, and Eric Todd took part in the Record Day record setting.

I weighed 241lbs fully clothed.  Knew I wasn’t going to make the 105kg class cutoff, so I didn’t sweat it.  No pun intended.  First time I’ve been in the 110kg class, and hopefully it’s the last.

My hands (especially left hand, which had the severely dislocated pinky) are still not at 100%.  So I didn’t expect any spectacular results on the 2″ vertical bar.  I was not disappointed, lol.

The 110kg class record (left hand) for 2″ vertical bar was 200lbs.  So I upped it to 205.  1st attempt was 202lbs.  Good lift.  2nd attempt was 205lbs.  Another good lift.  I think I tried 210lbs (or maybe 215lbs), but I couldn’t hold it at lockout.  Missed the call by 1/2 second.  The photo below was my last warmup pull (@ 198lbs) before calling for my 1st attempt to be judged.  Eric judged my 2″ vertical bar attempts.


The bar looks pretty “grippy” – but it was actually on the slick end of the spectrum as far as 2″ vertical bars go.

I didn’t do any official pulls righty, but it was actually feeling pretty strong.  I felt confident about breaking the right hand record of 215lbs, but decided to leave some in the tank for whatever other records I was going to attempt to break.  Turns out that I ran out of time and had to drive back (2-hour drive back to Lawrence) about 30 minutes later.  No biggie.

Next up for me was Thor’s Hammer.  I had never done this event before.  I tried it a week before, but completely screwed it up and ended up tossing the vertical bar behind me into the garden.  No lift, lol.

1st attempt in the Record Day was 25lbs.  Easy as pie.  2nd attempt was 35lbs.  Another super easy lift.  Then I got greedy and decided that I’d go to 55lbs.  The all-time record so far is only 52lbs.  “Only” – 55lbs was way too much.  I don’t think I was really close on either attempt at that weight.  The grip strength was there, but the wrist strength was not.

I will put up more pictures of Eric’s training area at a later date.  It was super impressive!  There was more equipment in that area than most people will have access to in an entire lifetime.  I could’ve got myself in a lot of trouble there if I had 3 or 4 hours to spare.  Trouble meaning just doing a lot of lifting or trying to lift everything that wasn’t nailed down.

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Tiny Overlord Doing Toddler Muscle Up

Like it's her day job.

Like it’s her day job.

There will undoubtedly be someone who thinks she is really able to do a Muscle Up.  She is a strong little beast, so anything is possible.  :)

She is “playing” and getting stronger every day.  Reminds me of when I was first learning the ropes about bench pressing from my brother Joe.  Those were good times!!!

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Grip Training Makes Tiny Overlord So Angry


Tiny Overlord looks so angry after repping the IronMind Handgripper Helper about 7,000 times tonight.

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Fabulous Friday Fashion


If your face doesn’t look similar to Josie’s this Friday…you’re doing it wrong. She is pretty proud of her fashion sense.

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Tiny Overlord Found My Captain of Crush Hat


Josie was ransacking my dresser tonight and found my IronMind Captains of Crush hat from when I certified on the #3 gripper 10 years ago.

She insisted on modeling the hat, so I wanted to share the cuteness.

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Tiny Overlord Attempting Atlas Stones





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Peacock Grippers

I call these “peacock grippers” because that’s what they remind me of (peacock feathers) when the zip ties are at full length and symmetrically fanned out around a gripper spring.  Add in colored zip ties, and toddlers enjoy the visual treat.

For ease of use, it’s best to cut the zip ties about 1/4″ away from the spring so that they aren’t always in the way.  I used a pair of wire cutters.

If you want to make a gripper harder, but don’t want to spend the money to buy a harder gripper – put zip ties to work on the spring.  Tighten them around the spring to make your gripper harder.  You can microload the tension increases by adding more zip ties to the spring.

The top and middle photo is a 5/8″ Master.  About as hard as a #2 gripper.  The bottom gripper is a very easy storebought gripper.  Even it was made noticeably harder with the addition of as many zip ties as I could fit on the spring.




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Tiny Overlord at Crossfit


Now she’s just showing off…

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Tiny Overlord loaded some heavy stones – what did you do today?

Tiny Overlord just hanging out after she loaded the atlas stones at the local Crossfit down the street from our house.

Tiny Overlord just hanging out after she loaded the atlas stones at the local Crossfit down the street from our house.

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Palming a Discus


Is much harder than palming a basketball.

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