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I'm looking for spotters for the Battle at the Burg (VA-2024-24) being held on June 29th at MaxFit Performance gym in Wi...
06/11/2024

I'm looking for spotters for the Battle at the Burg (VA-2024-24) being held on June 29th at MaxFit Performance gym in Williamsburg. This is a sigle session competition that will finish before noon. If you would like to help out, spotters earn a salary and get a free lunch and a killer workout. Contact me at [email protected] to sign up.

The 2024 USA Powerlifting Virginia Summer Slam (VA-2024-04) powerlifting competition will occur this Saturday, June 15th...
06/11/2024

The 2024 USA Powerlifting Virginia Summer Slam (VA-2024-04) powerlifting competition will occur this Saturday, June 15th. This competition is being held at the Chaos Lab in Richmond, Virginia. Spectators are welcome. The livestream will be here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwjmBWZJxDM

You have many options open to you when you want to compete.  There are many different federations that offer different e...
06/11/2024

You have many options open to you when you want to compete. There are many different federations that offer different experiences. It is your choice to compete in a USA Powerlifting Virginia competition and not somewhere else. Most of you know what that means. For those that don’t, here is a summary of my mission for Virginia.

Powerlifting as a sport is broken at the local level in many states IMHO. This is because state referees often have little experience. This results in lifts getting passed that shouldn’t be. I have always worked to throw the best competitions that I could. I learned very early on that it didn’t matter how much money I threw at a meet, without good officiating, the meet would still lack quality and relevance.

If a lifter is attempting to set a qualifying total for a national championship at a local meet and they squat ½ inch high and get white lights, they are given a false sense of confidence. Should they get to the national stage and sit in front of referees that have been officiating for 30 years, their ½ inch high squats will be red carded all day long. Should they bomb out of that meet, whose fault is that? In my view, if it was my meet they set that qualifying total at, it is my fault and I take that very personally.

This is the problem with powerlifting. Lifters fear competing at a national meet because the officiating will be stricter. The rulebook defines one standard, not two, but how can you expect a state referee with one meet under their belt to compare to a Cat 1 with 30 years’ experience? It is not practical. In Virginia, I train my referees the best that I can. After years of dedication to this mission, Virginia has an excellent crop of referees. We have more Cat and National referees than we have ever had before. The result is that Virginia meets have strict officiating. Lifters need to understand this. We try very hard to officiate as the rulebook dictates.

For the athletes that want to be strictly held to a standard, our competitions are open to all members. If this type of environment is not for you, there are many other competition options available to you.

Stay healthy. Stay strong.

The Battle at the Beach (VA-2024-17) will occur on June 8th and 8th at the Iron Asylum Newport News.  This will be the f...
06/03/2024

The Battle at the Beach (VA-2024-17) will occur on June 8th and 8th at the Iron Asylum Newport News. This will be the first meet at their newest location and we are going to make it memorable. The livestream will start each day at 8:30am EST here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX2K7MIpQjI

The Virginia Siege (VA-2024-14) occurred yesterday at Rappahannock Strength and Conditioning in Fredericksburg and was a...
06/02/2024

The Virginia Siege (VA-2024-14) occurred yesterday at Rappahannock Strength and Conditioning in Fredericksburg and was a great meet. Without checking Liftingcast, guess which lifter shocked everyone with a 500+ DOTS score?
Congrats to all fo the lifters who competed yesterday. It takes great courage to step onto the platfrom.

Anthony Glover showing his strength at the Raid (VA-2024-05).I’m looking for spotters for the Battle at the Beach at the...
05/22/2024

Anthony Glover showing his strength at the Raid (VA-2024-05).

I’m looking for spotters for the Battle at the Beach at the new Iron Asylum gym in Newport News on June 8th and 9th. Spotters earn a salary, get free food and drink, keep the lifters safe and get a killer workout. If you would like to sign up, contact me at [email protected].

Thanks
Sabre

Antonio Fajardo at the Raid (VA-2024-05).Here is an update for all Virginia competitors:1.  Have your third attempt vide...
05/21/2024

Antonio Fajardo at the Raid (VA-2024-05).

Here is an update for all Virginia competitors:

1. Have your third attempt videos ready to send to me. Tell me for which meet you are in when you send them.
2. Choose videos with no significant profanity. These meets have kids in the audience.
3. Train to the standard. The Virginia referees are getting really, really good. Don’t expect Christmas gifts on the platform. Train to the standard and you won’t be disappointed.
4. Running so many meets has me struggling to keep up. I normally start communicating two months before a meet but I’m now down to two weeks. If your name is on the roster, you are in the meet. Just wait for communications to start.
5. If you have ANY questions, just reach out to me at [email protected] and I will support you.

Thanks
Sabre

Danielle Resnick posted a 469 DOTS at the Raid (VA-2024-05).  She quickly got onto my radar.  This caught me off guard s...
05/20/2024

Danielle Resnick posted a 469 DOTS at the Raid (VA-2024-05). She quickly got onto my radar. This caught me off guard since she is one of my best state referees.

I’m looking for spotters for the Siege meet on 1 June at Rappahannock Strength and conditioning in Fredericksburg. Spotters earn a salary, get free food and drink, help keep the lifters safe and get a killer workout. Contact me at [email protected] if you would like to sign up to help.

Thanks
Sabre

05/19/2024

Uriah Johnson with a successful third attempt squat at the Raid (VA-2024-05).

I have never been shy about wanting to run the best meets in the country. I realized early on that it didn’t matter how much money I threw at a competition, without quality officiating, the quality of the meet would still suffer. Late last year I challenged Virginia referees to up their game. After tons of mentoring and conversation, our officiating has been getting significantly better ever since. Yesterday’s Vengeance meet was outstanding. I couldn’t be prouder of the officiating that occurred. The platform calls were strict but not overly strict. Nothing significant made it past them. Soft knees were never allowed. Soft elbows were treated the same. Seven of 49 lifters went 9 for 9 so over officiating was definitely not seen. Virginia has reached a new level of professionalism and perfection. Our events are only going to get better.

This weekend's meet, the Virginia Vengeance (VA-2024-11) will be streamed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru2WgV5T...
05/13/2024

This weekend's meet, the Virginia Vengeance (VA-2024-11) will be streamed here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru2WgV5TdYw

Lifting starts at 9am for the morning session (ladies and lightweight men) and 2pm for the afternoon session (middle and heavyweight men).

Theresa Snell Amadore at the Mega Novice Open (VA-2024-06).  It takes courage to step onto the platform and show your st...
05/06/2024

Theresa Snell Amadore at the Mega Novice Open (VA-2024-06). It takes courage to step onto the platform and show your strength.

I’m looking for spotters to help out at the Virginia Vengeance competition (VA-2024-11) which is happen on May 18th at C4 Strength in Manassas. Spotters keep the lifters safe, give back to the sport and get a killer workout. Contact me at [email protected] if you would like to sign up.

Thanks
Sabre

The Richmond Raid (VA-2024-05) has now completed and was exceptional.  At normal Virginia local competitions, I might ge...
05/05/2024

The Richmond Raid (VA-2024-05) has now completed and was exceptional. At normal Virginia local competitions, I might get one or two lifters achieving over 400 DOTS. At the Raid, I had 9 out of 35 lifters finish with at least a 400 DOTS. It was easily the strongest group of athletes this year. Danielle Resnick finished with a 470 and Jacob Green finished at a 490. Congratulations to all of the athletes. I hope you had a memorable time. The livestream is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_zFWLNCAso

Joel Wyman at the Mega Novice Open (VA-2024-06).Virginia powerlifting will again showcase our excellence this weekend at...
05/01/2024

Joel Wyman at the Mega Novice Open (VA-2024-06).

Virginia powerlifting will again showcase our excellence this weekend at the Richmond Raid (VA-2024-05) at the Chaos Lab this Saturday. The livestream will be here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_zFWLNCAso

04/30/2024

Emily Gamber's third attempt pull at the Mega Novice Open (VA-2024-06).

You won't know what it feels like to lift in a Virginia competition until you commit to one. The USA Powerlifting community in Virginia is very inclusive and supportive of new competitors. Strength of body can only be achieved after strength of mind. Choose a hobby that extends your life.

Joshua Nakano at the Mega Novice Open (VA-2024-06).The Richmond Raid (VA-2024-05) will occur this Saturday, May 4th at t...
04/29/2024

Joshua Nakano at the Mega Novice Open (VA-2024-06).

The Richmond Raid (VA-2024-05) will occur this Saturday, May 4th at the Chaos Lab in Richmond. Spectators are welcome or you can watch the meet here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_zFWLNCAso

There are still penty of meets this year should any of you want to experience what it is like at a Virginia meet.

Thanks
Sabre

04/28/2024

Christine Kantaparn at the Mega Novice Open (VA-2026-06). Powerlifting isn't just about lifting heavy weights. It is more about having the courage to step onto the platform.

I"m looking for spotters for the Vengeance meet being held at C4 Explosive Sports Training in Manassas being held on May18th. Spotters earn a salary, keep the competitors safe, and get a killer workout. Contact me at [email protected] if you are interested.

Thanks
Sabre

04/23/2024

This year, USA Powerlifting Virginia will be hosting meets at two locations in Williamsburg. The first up is the Battle at the Burg (VA-2024-24). This meet will be hosted at MaxFit Gym on June 29th. If you are looking for a competition with low stress, perfect for first time competitors, this is the meet for you. Registration is here: https://liftingcast.com/meets/mpix3st38cfp/registration

The Battle at the Beach (VA-2024-17) will occur at the new Iron Asylum Gym in Newport News on June 8th and 9th.  This me...
04/20/2024

The Battle at the Beach (VA-2024-17) will occur at the new Iron Asylum Gym in Newport News on June 8th and 9th. This meet just went to 2 days so if you want to see USA Powerlifting Virginia’s first meet at the newest Iron Asylum facility, registration is here: https://liftingcast.com/meets/mj021i6fp4ql/registration

04/20/2024

Emily Gamber with a squat attempt at the Novice Open (VA-2024-06).

I’m looking for 4 spotters for the Richmond Raid that will occur on May 4th at the Chaos Lab. Spotters will earn a salary, a free lunch, a t-shirt and get a killer workout. Come and see what makes Virginia competitions so unique. If you would like to volunteer, please contact me at [email protected].

Thanks
Sabre

If you missed the Mega Novice Open Livestream (VA-2024-06), you can view it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opSoQ...
04/16/2024

If you missed the Mega Novice Open Livestream (VA-2024-06), you can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opSoQzS_tb8
This was easily the best spectacle I have ever had the pleasure of presenting. However, this was not all me. My longtime partners, TSG Events, was out in full force at this competition and they were simply awesome. Their abilities have grown so much over the last few years that the performance they put on was was amazing.
What you don’t know is that this meet was just practice for the Wrecker. TSG Events and I have been planning for the Wrecker since the day after the last Wrecker. You have no idea what we will be bringing to that meet. We are going to raise the bar higher than ever before.

This is the USA Powerlifting Virginia Mega Novice Open (VA-2024-06)

04/01/2024

Giovanny Martinez with his second pull at the Showdown.

I’m looking for spotter loaders to help out at the Novice Open on April 13th and 14th at the Salisbury Center in Manassas. Spotters earn a salary, get a killer workout and get to experience a Virginia competition from the best seats in the house. Spotters are critical to keeping the lifters safe. If you would like to sign up, please contact me at [email protected].

Thanks
Sabre

Hilda Sulub lifting with focus at the Showdown (VA-2024-07).This is a callout for new referees.  Want to better your tec...
03/29/2024

Hilda Sulub lifting with focus at the Showdown (VA-2024-07).

This is a callout for new referees. Want to better your technique? Want to participate in awesome competitions? Virginia competitions are just useless spectacle without quality officials. Referees are the lifeblood of every competition. If you would like to learn a skill that helps enforce a standard across the sport, reach out to me at [email protected]. With Virginia expanding as it is, I am always looking for new referees to help manage the need for more competitions.

I spoke to the TSG Events team today and the 2024 Wrecker (VA-2024-26) will be beyond belief.  You have no idea what we ...
03/27/2024

I spoke to the TSG Events team today and the 2024 Wrecker (VA-2024-26) will be beyond belief. You have no idea what we will be bringing this year. Planning and building has already begun.

Here is John Wilson at the Showdown.  He had the Running of the Corgis for his third attempt video and I couldn’t stop l...
03/26/2024

Here is John Wilson at the Showdown. He had the Running of the Corgis for his third attempt video and I couldn’t stop laughing. After the Lion King, he had the best video.

Chaos Lab Media Team providing the pics.

I’m looking for spotters for the Mega Novice Open (VA-2024-06). This competition is happening at the Salisbury Center on April 13th and 14th. Please contact me at [email protected] if you would like to sign up to support these lifters.

Thanks
Sabre

Giovanny Martinez at the Showdown.Here is the current list of meet openings for the next six months.April 13/14 - Mega N...
03/25/2024

Giovanny Martinez at the Showdown.

Here is the current list of meet openings for the next six months.

April 13/14 - Mega Novice Open (VA-2024-06) – Manassas – 15 Spots

https://liftingcast.com/meets/m7k4k0mpsaji/registration

May 4th - Richmond Raid (VA-2024-05) – Richmond – 9 spots

https://liftingcast.com/meets/mv1uqmy58ndc/registration

May 18th - Vengeance (VA-2024-11) – Manassas – 3 spots

https://liftingcast.com/meets/mrov7dm2h3sd/registration

June 1st - Siege (VA-2024-14) – Fredericksburg – 12 spots

https://liftingcast.com/meets/mml5phvy2h1d/registration

June 8th – Battle at the Beach (VA-2024-17) – Norfolk – 22 spots

https://liftingcast.com/meets/mj021i6fp4ql/registration

June 15th – Summer Slam (VA-2024-04) – Richmond – 26 spots

https://liftingcast.com/meets/mkjkyulb199a/registration

June 29th – Battle at the Burg (VA-2024-24) – Williamsburg – 21 spots

https://liftingcast.com/meets/mpix3st38cfp/registration

July 13th – Ladies of Liberty (VA-2024-03) – Richmond – 32 spots

https://liftingcast.com/meets/m0r2dp3nu1z1/registration

July 20th – C4 Strength Summit (VA-2024-18) – Manassas – 39 spots

https://liftingcast.com/meets/mvco0j6iap4h/registration

Aug 10th – Novice Open (VA-2024-02) – Richmond – 29 Spots

https://liftingcast.com/meets/mtvggopyjz2p/registration

Aug 24th – Heat (VA-2024-01) – Fredericksburg – 31 spots

https://liftingcast.com/meets/m7ujbsf0ak8c/registration

Sept 14 – Fall Finale (VA-2024-20) – Christiansburg – 42 Spots

https://liftingcast.com/meets/mca366ultmd1/registration

03/20/2024

This is what lifter’s choice third attempt video walkouts are all about. Sarah Lemon with the most cinematic lift of the meet.

Aleyah Cary showcasing what just about every lifter felt at this weekend’s Shamrock Showdown (VA-2024-07) held at the Ch...
03/18/2024

Aleyah Cary showcasing what just about every lifter felt at this weekend’s Shamrock Showdown (VA-2024-07) held at the Chaos Lab in Richmond. I’m proud to say that Virginia competitions are getting absolutely insane. The level of intensity is through the roof.
The Mega Novice Open (VA-2024-06) is up next on April 13th and 14th. If you want to experience a Virginia competition, there are still some spots left available. Registration is here: https://liftingcast.com/meets/m7k4k0mpsaji/registration
Contact me at [email protected] with any questions.
Next week I’m bringing the Virginia machine down to N.C. States to help our southern neighbor. I haven’t been down there in quite some time so it should be a great experience.

The Mega Novice Open (VA-0224-06) will occur on April 13th and 14th at the Salisbury Center in Manassas.  Only twice a y...
03/12/2024

The Mega Novice Open (VA-0224-06) will occur on April 13th and 14th at the Salisbury Center in Manassas. Only twice a year do I get the pleasure working with TSG Events and this meet will be the first for this year. It will be an exceptional competition and a fantastic opportunity of introducing the sport of powerlifting to first time or still new competitors. There are 38 spots sill open for this meet. Registration is here: https://liftingcast.com/meets/m7k4k0mpsaji/registration

A Novice is defined as a liter who has not won a USA Powerlifting Open division yet. Non-noivce lifters can still compete as guest lifters if you need to set a qualifying total.

Virginia memberships are growing so fast that I’m running a competition every other week at least this year.  Maintainin...
02/25/2024

Virginia memberships are growing so fast that I’m running a competition every other week at least this year. Maintaining this cadence alone is foolish. Therefore, I’m holding a Meet Director seminar on March 16th at the Chaos lab at 6pm after Day One of the Shamrock Showdown (VA-2024-07). This seminar is for anyone that wants to run a USA Powerlifting meet in the mid-Atlantic region and ideally in Virginia to help carry the load. I’m not stepping down. I’m not asking for payments or a cut of anything. I’m offering to give some of this business to someone with the dedication, determination and drive to help me continue to grow the sport of powerlifting in this area. I want people willing to put on professional competitions and not some half-ass money grab. I will go over all of the things needed for a new Meet Director to step into the game. I will go over communication strategies to needed equipment to marketing to lessons learned and everything else that I’ve done and seen.

Contact me at [email protected] if you want to sign up and participate.

Thanks
Sabre

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