USA Powerlifting Texas


Message to USA Powerlifting Members Regarding National Office

To all Members of USA Powerlifting:

I am writing to inform you of some significant changes in USA Powerlifting. As of March 17 the National Office is moving to Anchorage, Alaska so that the functions that are necessary to provide you with timely customer service may be more closely monitored.

Many of you have noticed, and have mentioned that there has been a delay in processing memberships, providing meet support materials, and with upkeep of records. Your observations are correct. This has been unacceptable to you and difficult for us since we strive for the best service and support for our members that we are able to provide within the framework of a small, non-profit organization.

As a result, we will be changing direct supervision of all office functions to be both more immediate and direct. Historically, the President was directly involved in the National Office, and the Office followed the President in terms of location. We return to that business plan and to assure that the National Office will function effectively.

Many of our volunteers are working to process membership applications that have been incomplete. There is a backlog of membership and we are working diligently to input them in the system, however, this will take some time. We will start with the 2013 membership year to assure that those of you who have completed your membership applications and paid your 2013 membership fees will receive your membership cards, and will be included in our member database, which will be available to meet directors and easily accessible to those who can verify your current status.

Our records are in arrears, as is our drug testing database. Please be assured that the information as to records you have achieved and drug test results have been retained. As we collate and process information not completed, these public records will be brought up to date.

The new mailing address will for the National Office will be:

USA Powerlifting
National Office

1120 Huffman Rd, Suite 24, #223

Anchorage, AK 99515

The National Office phone number will remain the same (260.248.4889). You may still email:

If you are a meet director, please check to make sure your competition is included in the current USAPL calendar at Check the menu for the current calendar. If you are not listed, or have not received your meet packet, please contact us at ASAP.

If you have meet related monies or membership fees that have not been processed, we will be working on this during the coming weeks. Most funds received have been processed or otherwise deposited and credit cards run this past weekend.

Please bear with us during this transition. Change is often difficult until everyone gets comfortable with new contacts and procedures. As we complete the location change for the National Office, we will return to the service and support USAPL members and meet promoters have come to expect.

Thank you in advance for your continued membership and support of USA Powerlifting.



Lawrence J. Maile, Ph.D., President

USA Powerlifting

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14 Year Old From Katy, TX Breaks Four Records in First Ever Meet

Sydney Makowski (14 yo, Freshman, Katy, TX) broke four records in her first ever meet.  She competed in the Teen 14-15 division at the USAPL 8th Annual Aggie Showdown on February 23.  She broke the American raw bench press record, along with three Texas state raw records in the bench press, deadlift, and total.

PL Meet_2-23-2013_Bench Press    PL Meet_2-23-2013_Deadlift 3 (105 kg, 231 lbs) - TEXAS RECORD

Sydney’s primary sport is basketball, but her strength was noticed during training and she decided to give Powerlifting a try.  Thanks to some very helpful advice from Tiny Meeker, Olivia Harrington (Texas A&M), and Christy Cardella (USAPL TX) she found a meet and entered.  The opportunity to be around other seasoned lifters, and lifting with the strict judging guidelines, was a great learning experience.  She was happy to have success and leave her first meet with some records, and most importantly, the experience of lifting in competition and the itch to continue.  She plans to build on her early success and enter more meets throughout the year.

Tony D’Addieco

Tony THANK YOU so much for this write-up.  If you have a post  or pictures you’d like to see posted please email me at  I love hearing about and posting about lifters especially from their point of view.  Keep them coming.

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We have added new STATE Records

All, with the growing interest in youth lifting and deadlift only and push-pull, we have added some new State Record Categories to the list.  At the moment they all say To Be Set, because I will have to go back into all the Competition Results to make sure that they are accurate.  So please be patient as update these from over several meets.  congratulations in advance to all the record holders.  Also as always if you see a mistake in the records misspelled name, numbers are wrong, someone was credited raw when it was equipped, etc.  please email and I will do my best to fix it.  Thanks

Christy Cardella

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Hey! Powerlifting needs Volunteers! This year’s Special Olyimpic Winter Games is being held this weekend on Saturday Feb 2nd. We are in need of a Set up crew and break down crew, Spotter loaders and Judges. You do not have to be a certified judge to help in the meet just to jusdge the attempts, so invite your friends and family!

Location: Round Rock High School

300 Lake Creek Drive
Round Rock, TX 78681
Meet Set-up:Friday, February 1, 2013
Start time 2:00pm till
Meet Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013
6:00am – 7:45am Begin Weigh-in’s/Equipment check (lifters may also begin warming up)
7:45am – 7:55am Coaches meeting / Rules briefing
8:00am – 9:00am Lifting begins
Around 3:20pm – 4:30pm Awards
Equipment Pick-up: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Begins immediatly following the end of the deadlifts.
Estimated 3:30pm

Please contact me if you would like to participate in this worth wild cause. Please see below on how to become a volunteer.

Special Olympics Texas is getting ready for the 2013 Winter Games running January 30th to February 3rd. The sports highlighted at Winter Games are bowling, powerlifting, table tennis and volleyball.

We would appreciate your help as a day of event volunteer. Additionally, all volunteers are required to be up to date on all Class A volunteer requirements. If you have not done these requirements or if you believe yours have expired please click on the link below. Remember, General Orientation needs to be done only once while Protective Behaviors and the Class A Volunteer Application must be renewed every three years.
Please scan and email all updated Class A forms; or fax to: 512-835-7756

All three requirements can be accessed from the SOTX Volunteer Page

HOUSING INFO We will be staying at the Courtyard by Marriott located at 12330 N IH-35, Austin 78732. Two people will be housed per room as we have done in the past. As for housing requests, the roommate preferences are used when people request each other. When no roommate preferences are listed, we look for other volunteers close to your age group, then your area, then your region, then anyone. It is possible for you to request a room to yourself if you are willing to cover half of your housing costs yourself and there are enough rooms available to accommodate our needs.

 To ensure their attendance, some key volunteers have offered to pay for their own housing expenses within our block to allow more folks to attend Winter Games. Our cost will be roughly $114 per night per room, so the average three night key volunteer cost adds up to $171 if you have a roommate and $342 if you request to room alone. This definitely is not mandatory, but it is certainly welcome if you are interested. To indicate your decision to cover your own housing expenses simply make a note within the comments section of the key volunteer response form regarding your desire to cover your own housing expenses. 

We appreciate your continued involvement of Special Olympics Texas. If you have any questions, about the forms that need to be filled out please feel free to contact Judy Yoshimaru at or 800/876-5646 x 2947.

Thanks so much for being involved,

 Christy Newman
USAPL Texas State Chair

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I have gotten the 2012 Holiday Classic state records updated, I still have 1 more meet to post.  A GREAT BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all that set this awesome accomplishment. We had 24 new records set please see the records pages for all the updates. I should have them completely finished by tomorow night.


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Records update

I have gotten the 2012 Long Horn state records updated, I still have 2 more meets to post but wanted to give a GREAT BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all that set this awesome accomplishment.  We had 58 new records set please see the records pages for all the updates.  I should have them completely finished by tomorow night.


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Here’s to NEW Beginnings!

There are so many things I want to talk about I don’t where to start first.
I would like to Thank everyone that has helped make this year a great year for USAPL TEXAS, so much has happened this year and I know this coming year will be even more exciting with more records to fall and new venues to conquer.

This year is very special to me because my co-meet director, training partner, and love of my life, finally made it offical and after 10 amazing years together we finally got married! 12/21/12  The event was streamed live and 90 people tuned in to watch.  It was amazing to see so many friends and family there to celebrate with us.  We had so much fun!

Tony and Christy
I would like to apologize for falling behind in the records updating department.  I would also like to apologize for not doing a better job at posting meet wrap up reports.  This year I have set forth some new goals and finding more volunteers to help with the media and reporting is one of them. 

So many people Volunteered their time this year we welcomed several new state referees and a couple of new National refs.  Thank you so much for taking the time to take the test and sit in the chair and making this sport better.

I would also like to thank ALL of the Spotter, Loaders this year we could not have a powerlifting meet if you did not spend hours and hours of your time loading weights, following every lifter on every rep, and then breaking down the equipment at the end of a very long day. You do this all for some pizza and a free T-shirt hopefully 🙂 we thank you very much.

So many great meets this year.  We hit record numbers at some and had a blast at others.  The logistics of putting on a meet for over 100 people is a little over whelming but we did it 3 times this year!  We hosted 12 meets this year across the state, with 4 of those being Hosted by the Zunker’s!  In 2013 we are on track to host just as many if not more meets.  We are always looking for more venues and more meet directors.  With so many seasoned meet directors in the state if you would like to try and host a meet let us know you will have plenty of help and guidance.

This year marked the inaugural Oklahoma State Meet! and we were fortunate to help be apart of that.  Jake Carney is the new State Chair of OK and I look forward to many years of rivalry competitions between our states and lifters.  How about a battle on the boarder meet maybe????

I am updating the records this WEEKEND I promise!!!!!! I under estimated how time consuming a wedding planning was and with christmas and family it just got away from me I will publish another post about that soon!

Finally I would like to thank the lifters, your hard work and dedication to this drug free sport is what makes the USAPL and the USAPL TEXAS such a great environment to work together for the good of sportsmanship, friendship, and powerlifting.  Have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Holiday and most of all train smart, live strong, and love well.

Christy Newman


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2012 Summer Power Fest Breakdown

Now that the spray tan and chalk have setteled I would like to recap the USAPL Summer Power Fest 2012. This year we had 93 participants, half of which came in after the deadline. We had several first time lifters, and several elite lifters. The raw lifters dominated the show with 63 raw individual records set, compared to 7 equipped. Our T-shirt was a big hit. Just in case you missed the explanation, we feature a lifter from the group that trains with us that did really well during the past year. This year we chose Charlie Turco! It was a well deserved honor. After years of going to the IPF Masters Bench Press Worlds, Charlie reached his goal of becoming an IPF World Champion. The Spring Fitness gang loves to joke about a black and yellow striped singlet that did not leave much to the imagination. It has been lovingly dubbed the bumble bee singlet. So the lifter on the shirt benching is Charlie’s profile and the bumble on top is in reference to the singlet. Lets hope it stays in his gym bag. 🙂

While check-ins on Friday night went well, Saturday morning started on the wrong foot, when the Sports complex opened 2 hours late, this put us behind in the set up of the weigh-ins and paper work organization. Due to the quick work of our excellent friends and volunteers the weigh-in room was set up in record time. With a looming deadline of 4:30 PM to finish lifting, hand out awards, and tear down, we decided to run 3 platforms. This would take a lot of volunteers to staff all 3 platforms and we had more support than I could imagine! Our judges came from as far away as New Mexico and Oklahoma, The Vice President of the USAPL, Johnny Graham, was so helpful and gave a great speech to all our members. We certified 6 new state refrees and I made some new best friends in the drug testing process.

Our sponsors could not have been more amazing! TITAN Support Systems our title sponsor decked out our spotter loaders with TITAN T-shirts as well as some amazing Best Lifter Awards. Each Best Lifter recieved a certificate for new TITAN gear (the best gear in world) and of course the always popular iPods. Katie’s Seafood Market has been a long supporter of the Summer Power Fest thanks to the owner Nick Guitterez; an LSU Powerlifting Alumni and good friend. If you are ever in the Galvaston area and want some of the freshest fish in the world stop by Katie’s Seafood Market you can look them up at Special thanks to our newest sponsor Select Pysical Therapy! They help you recover faster from those nagging injuries that we all suffer from time to time. They have a hotline xxx-xxx-xxxx give them a call with any sports related injuries you may have. A HUGE THANK YOU to the HARDEST WORKING sponsor of the meet Texas Strength Systems. I mean that literally, the newly wed couple Wes and Molly Zunker brought the entire warm-up room with them from San Antonio, they set it up and also worked the meet the entire day. I can’t thank them enough for all their support! If you ever host a meet and need equipment give Texas Strength Sytems a call or visit their website at


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Introducing Wes and Molly Zunker

Congratulations to Wes and Molly Zunker who got married today out in San Antonio. Wes and Molly own and run Texas Strength Systems as well as the UTSA powerlifting team as well as South side High School Powerlifting Team. Congratulations to both of you.


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2012 USAPL Membership Survey

Every year the National Governing Body comes together at the Men’s Nationals to discuss and vote on rules and by-law changes.  This year it will be held in Orlando, Florida on June 21, 2012.  The Agenda has been posted on the USAPL’s website.  As the State Chair for Texas I will be representing you the body of the USAPL, and I want to know your opinions and how you would like to vote.  Please click on the Survey below and let your voice be heard.

Thank you for your participation

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