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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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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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Powerlifting Survey‏

Hello Powerlifter,
My name is Hayden Pritchard and I am the lead researcher in a survey designed to investigate the use of stimulants in the sport of Powerlifting. I am a fellow lifter and have a strong interest in the sport of Powerlifting as well as an academic background. The use of stimulants (ammonia, caffeine etc.) within our sport has always interested me and so I have designed the survey that is linked to in this email in order to investigate this among my fellow lifters.

The survey will only take 5-10 minutes to complete, it is short and to the point and I would really appreciate it if you could spare 5-10 minutes and contribute to our project. The questions are based around the frequency of use of different stimulants, benefits believed to be gained from their use, as well as any side affects you may have experienced. If you are a registered Powerlifter under an IPF affiliated association please feel free to click the link below:

 If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me, my email address is within my signature. Thank you very much for your time!

Hayden Pritchard
Human Performance Lab Manager
School of Sport & Exercise
Massey University
Palmerston North 4410
New Zealand
+64 6 3569099 ext 7637

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State Refrees Test

To all those that are intrested in taking the USAPL State Refs test at the
Summer Power Fest 2012
Spring TX.
July 14th 2012

Here are the details:
The Test is a 2 parter. I will give the written exam on Friday the night before the meet and then the practical at the meet.

  • The testing room will be designated at the meet site. Please go to the meet site and ask to be directed to the testing room.
  • I will start the test around 5:00 and give a 30 minute “how to administer a drug test” presentation. As part of your duties of being a judge you will be asked from time to time to administer and observe Drug testing in competition and out of meet testing. This is a VERY important part of the USAPL’s belief system and as a refree it is your duty to uphold and maintain those ideals that we all compete for.
  • The test is an open book test BUT it takes a really long time to take it because even if you know the answers you still have to look them up in the book b/c they want you to denote the page number and paragraph that the answer was found on for every question. I suggest you read the rules online before hand at This ensures that the rules have been read thoroughly.
  • I will provide a copy of the rulebook and the test for each person taking the test.
  • When I say it takes awhile I mean at least a few hours. So starting at 5:00 is crucial to getting out at a descent hour.
  • The practicum is sitting beside a national or higher ref. while they are judging and seeing if you agree with their calls. We have to have enough lifters to judge 34 squats, 33 benches and 33 deadlifts and missed due to gravity lifts don’t count.
  • The requirements for the test are:

 USAPL State Referee
State officiating tests are administered by the USAPL State Chairperson, upon request. They are evaluated by the appointed member of the Referee’s Committee. Requirements for taking the state Referee test are:

  1. Candidates must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  2. Candidates must be current members of the USA Powerlifting. Registration cards must be presented to the State Chairperson prior to test administration.
  3. Candidates must have approval of their State Chairperson to take the test.
  4. Candidates must be actively involved in the sport of powerlifting for a minimum time period of one year in one of the following capacities: athlete, coach, meet director, or scoring table official.
  5. Candidates must pass the written and practical sections of State Referee’s test. A minimum score of 90% is required on each section. The State referee examination is an open book test.
  6. When necessary, re-test arrangements may be made after a minimum of six months following the previous test date.

I hope that every one will show up on time and do well. Please drop me a line and let me know that you are coming, thanks.

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