2016 USAWA Grip Championship: Part 2 – The People


Tressa Brooner and Al Myers



Al Myers and Mary McConnaughey at the 2016 USAWA Grip Championship.

Al Myers has hosted the USAWA Grip Championships since their inception in 2011. Al is not a grip specialist. But due to his varied strength training, he has built a very strong base of balanced grip strength. He was the sole judge for the contest this year. As evidenced by his Record Day performance after the contest, I have no doubt he would have handily won the overall title if he had competed alongside the rest of us. Al is a wonderful friend to many of us. He is a true ambassador for the sport of all round weightlifting. He didn’t charge an entry fee to compete in the Grip Champs. I think that is a very generous thing to do. Especially when you see the AWESOME grip trophies he made by hand and gave out at the contest to the best lifters.


This is just one of the many Best Lifter awards that Al Myers made and gave to the best lifters at the comp.

Mary McConnaughey is an elite armwrestler from Nebraska. She is one of the few ladies on the planet who have not only closed IronMind’s #2 gripper, she has closed it inverted. With the spring facing down. It is much harder for most people to close a gripper in that fashion. Mary is a terrific friend and an absolute joy to be around. She brings a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm to every event she attends.

Tressa Brooner is a friend of Mary’s. I believe she is also an accomplished armwrestler. We had a good time chatting in between events. She did very well in all the events.

There were many more competitors at the Grip Champs. Unfortunately, my phone gallery is not cooperating to let me add the additional competitor photos right now.

To be continued!


About bencrush

42-year old multiple USAWA record holder who enjoys grip strength training, bending steel, and sharing my knowledge of training in both areas.
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