Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

On This Day In Strength History

Frank Spellman   August 10, 1948 - Olympic Games: London, England -
Gold Medal (1st place) - 165 Class - BWT 161
259 - 264 1/2 - 336* = 859 1/2*
* New Olympic Records

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Great Seminar On Friday!

We want to thank Flex Gym and Frank Beam for hosting the deadlifting seminar on Friday. Had a great time! Also want to thank everyone for coming. It was a fantastic turnout. Hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

FSS August 7 deadlift seminar.

We will be conducting a deadlift workshop on Friday August 7 at Flex Gym (noon). Please contact Frank Beam if you are interested.

Monday, June 29, 2015


Peter George was born June 29, 1929. He was an American weightlifter and Olympic champion of Macedonian descent. He won a gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.   Pete George ran up an impressive record in major competition. In addition to his Olympic record, he won five World Championships and was twice runner-up for that title. He also won two Pan American Games gold medals (1951 and 1955 both in middleweight) and was a five-time national champion.

Sunday, June 28, 2015


Vic Boff
Jun 28, 2003 - Vic Boff, Clarence Bass, Clyde Emrich received the Association of Oldetime Barbell & Strongmen Highest Achievement Award.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


On June 27, 1930, Tamio "Tommy" Kono was born in Sacramento, California.  Tommy Kono won a gold medal and set a world record in the snatch at the Olympics that were held in Helsinki, Finland on July 26, 1952.

Monday, June 1, 2015


John Terpak died June 1, 1993. Terpak was recognized for winning the nationals twelve times, from 1936 to 1945 was a literal decade of victory.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

On This Day In Strength History

February 19, 1938 Roger Eells bent pressed 235 pounds with his left hand, feet not together.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Top Five Mistakes You Will See Lifters Make at a Powerlifting Meet

The Top Five Mistakes You Will See Lifters Make at a Powerlifting Meet

 By Keith Payne


As a spectator, former lifter and coach I have attended well over a 100 powerlifting meets. I have directed over a 140 additional IBP meets. So, I have participated in one fashion or another 240 powerlifting meets. Over the course of these events I have witnessed the same lifter mistakes being made time after time.


I started to name this article The Top Five Novice Mistakes but after further reflection I remember that these mistakes were made by many “veteran” lifters as well. As a meet director you always want to see people have a positive experience and go home encouraged about their performance. Unfortunately, many times lifters have negative results due to lack of coaching, poor knowledge of the rules or being unfamiliar with the flow of a powerlifting meet.


Here are the most common mistakes we see:


  • Not understanding the rules. Having a good comprehension of the rulebook can alleviate the majority of the following mistakes that are repeatedly made at most powerlifting meets. Many Novice lifters fail to have a basic knowledge of the lifting rules. It is imperative that a lifter is well versed on the rules!
    Also, many veteran lifters are not aware of the rule differences between different powerlifting organizations. Many times it is assumed that the rules are the same.
    (Example: USAPL has a start command when benching. IBP does not.)
    Please attend and participate in the rules meeting prior to each meet. Always feel free to ask questions if needed.
  • Opening with too much weight. Countless lifters have bombed out of meets because they started with a weight that was too heavy. Keep in mind the bar will not be reduced in weight in the case of a failed attempt. So, if the first attempt is missed the lifter must retry the same weight or move up in weight on the next attempt. It is very important to choose a weight that can be comfortably completed.
  • Not following judge’s commands. Many otherwise good lifts have been declined because of a simple “technical” rules violation. The RACK command comes to mind as the most egregious.  
  • Apparel Infractions. Lifters have been known to show up to a meet with no understanding of what they are required to wear. They end up rushing around before the meet trying to find a singlet or appropriate footwear. This can ruin a powerlifting experience.
  • Novice Lifter wearing supportive suit or shirt. It is a sad sight to see a novice lifter who many times has been encouraged by a coach or co-lifter to wear a squat suit or bench shirt when clearly they have not even established any “raw” strength yet. This is ignorant and many times dangerous for the lifter.
    Well that is my top five but there are certainly many more mistakes that are commonly made at powerlifting meets. As stated before, we want every lifter to have a positive powerlifting experience. Most of the time mistakes can be avoided by a good understanding of the rules. Also, we encourage all new lifters to find a good mentor. The sport of Powerlifting unlike some other sports is known for an abundance of competitors willing to help other competitors.
    Keith Payne
    Executive Director

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

On This Day In Strength History

February 10, 1736 Thomas Topham, then age 26, put on a strength exhibition in Derby, England.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015