As a grade-schooler, I was impressed by the muscular physiques in the old Hercules movies and got my first weight set as a seventh grader. To my surprise and disappointment, I did not look like Hercules six months later as I had originally anticipated. I wrestled in high school with only modest success but saw some Olympic lifters at the local YMCA and started training with them late in my senior year of high school (1969).
I got connected with the Sayre Park Weightlifting Club in Chicago in the Fall of 1969 and from the beginning learned the theory and practice of Olympic Weightlifting from the National Champions and Olympians who trained there. I competed actively from my late teens until my mid-20’s, resumed competition in my late 30’s for 18 months, beginning anew from my early 50’s to the present. I am noted for excellent lifting technique and flexibility and am currently experiencing my greatest success as a Master lifter.
Through the years, I have helped many lifters with advice on lifting technique, training methods and competition strategy. In addition to Olympic Weightlifting, my other athletic interests include Cycling, including some time trial and criterium racing and since early 2013 Crossfit.
Lifting Accomplishments / Resources
I have competed in approximately 45 meets in the last 12 years, mostly as a Master lifter. I am the current (2015) age group 187 pound Master National Champion as well as having won in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2008 and 2006 with a 2nd in 2010, in the 169 pound class. I have also competed in 4 Master World Championships taking 4th place once, 5th place twice and 6th place. In June 2013, I won my weight class and age group in the Pan American Master competition. My lifetime records are a 248 pound snatch, 308 pound Clean & Jerk, and Front Squat of 325 pounds at a bodyweight of around 178 pounds. My 2015 best lifts are a 161 pound snatch and 196 pound clean & jerk. In 2015 I completed my first Crossfit Open and Master Qualifier for the 60 plus age group and I placed 27th, a bit short of qualifying for the Crossfit Games, but not too shabby.
To summarize, Olympic Weightlifting, cycling and more recently Crossfit has kept me fit and flexible at an age when most athletes are no longer able to pursue aggressive athletic activities. By keeping in touch with other knowledgeable lifters, I keep up on new training, technique and competition ideas. I get a great deal of satisfaction from helping less experienced athletes improve their Olympic lifting technique and results.
- CrossFit Level 1
- USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach