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Starting Strength in the Real World


2019 USSF Nationals

by stef bradford, PhD, SSC | January 22, 2019

39 lifters arrived at Wichita Falls Athletic Club Saturday, January 19 ready to compete in the 2019 United States Strengthlifting Federation Championship Meet. After turning in their first attempt weights, lifters had time to greet fellow lifters, review their strategy with their coaches, and start settling in for the long day ahead.As soon as meet director Nick Delgadillo organized the lifters into flights and published the order of the rounds for all to see, those lifting earliest in the meet organized into groups, working in with each other as they warmed up their squats. As the start time approached, family, friends, and fellow lifters filled room around the platform waiting for the first call of “the bar is loaded” by meet announcer Mark Rippetoe. Game on.

Just over 7 hours later, the last deadlift attempt hit the floor.

Relive the meet here:

Results and Prizes

Complete meet results

Weight class winners

2019 ussf weight class winners

Weight class winners show off Hammer trophies created by Matthew Moore.

Winners' numbers:

WtCls (Kg)

Name

Age

BWt (Kg)

Best Squat

Best Press

Best Deadlift

Total

48

Jenny Telles

69

44.4

59

21

84

164

60

Jamila Meccariello

28

56.3

107

40

132

279

67.5

Cali Cordova

13

64.3

111

32

113

256

75

Heather Cook

43

74.3

133

60

157

350

82.5

Niki Sims

33

75.1

119

51

180

350

90

Charity Hambrick

43

85.2

143

66

148

357

SHW

Melissa Barry

35

129.8

152

63

157

372

67.5

Daniel Kraft

29

64.3

143

66

190

399

82.5

Frank Sanders

66

80.5

166

25

207

398

90

Robert Santana

42

87

185

92

227

504

100

Grant McCaulley

37

98.1

250

116

307

673

110

Michael Cordova

36

103.9

311

109

311

731

125

Chase Lindley

21

111.3

289

151

295

735

SHW

Michael Wolf

36

132.1

260

143

318

721

Best lifters

2019 USSF Championship Best Lifters

Michael Cordova won best open lifter with a total of 731 (311/109/311) in the 110 kg class and 75 kg-lifter Heather Cook took best lifter for women with a 350 total (133/60/157).

The prize? 20 lbs of prime sirloin.

prime sirloin

Best Masters lifters

best masters lifters

66-year-old Frank Sanders (398 total in the 82.5 class) and 69-year-old Jenny Telles (164 total in the 48s) with 2.5# aluminum Starting Strength commemorative plates from Kirkham Motor Sports.

WFAC Strengthlifting Tommy Suggs Press Award

Each open lifter pressing more than bodyweight and female lifter pressing more than 90% bodyweight won a certificate and a $100 bill.

wfac strengthlifting tommy suggs press award

Winners: Chase Lindley (BW 111.3, press 151), Michael Wolf (BW 132.1, press 143), Clint Case (BW 127.6, press 138), Kelechi Onyebuchi (BW 106.5, press 127), Grant McCaulley (BW 98.1, press 116), John Massaro (BW 114.5, press 116), John Clymer (BW 102.3, press 112), Michael Cordova (BW 103.9, press 109), Brian Gaskell (BW 101.9, press 104), Geoffrey Bischoff (BW 101.3, press 103), Michael Montfort (BW 91, press 98), Kevin Pudil (BW 97, press 98), Robert Santana (BW 87, press 92), Daniel Kraft (BW 64.3, press 66).

Staff awards

These special awards are determined and awarded by meet staff (loaders, judges, expediter):

  • Best cheerleader: Hero Soleyn, prize = Hammer
  • Grindiest squat: Charity Hambrick for staying with an attempt, prize = Starting Strength belt
  • Adult male: Michael Montfort for weighing at 200.6 lb at the meet = Starting Strength belt

Why Are You Really Here?

We asked lifters to complete a brief survey to get an idea of their experience and motivations for competing. Despite being fresh off the platform – many sweating and still shaking from their final deadlift – nearly all of the lifters complied.

1. How many meets have you competed in?

Median = 4.

2. Did you PR today?

graph showing percent of lifters making personal records

3. Why do you compete?

why lifters compete

[51 separate answers(some lifters gave more than one), graphic shows them proportionally]

4. What is the best thing about competing?

best things about competing

[41 separate answers (some lifters gave more than one), graphic shows them proportionally]

5. What is the worst thing about competing?

worst thing about competing

[36 separate answers, graphic shows them proportionally]

Barbell lifting sports are individual sports not team sports. Despite this, the overall pattern we found was an emphasis on Self-Improvement/Challenge not Beating the Other Guy, and more love for Community over the Competition itself. Winning (or losing) and prizes were among the least common motivators reported in the survey.

Are you up to the challenge?

Join the USSF and the Strengthlifting community today. There are 5 events already scheduled for 2019 and more will be added throughout the year.

See you there.

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