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USAPL National Championships

Blog Article ImageThe 2011 USAPL National Championships were held in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, June 10-12 at St. Stanislaus College.  This location was the birthplace of the American Drug Free Powerlifting Association (ADFPA).  The ADFPA changed its name to name to USA Powerlifting (USAPL) in 1997 after becoming the National affiliate for the International Powerlifting Federation.  The ADFPA was started 30 years ago by Brother Bennett.  Brother Bennett was an instructor at St. Stanislaus College with a background in powerlifting. Drugs were very prominent in the sport of powerlifting in the 70’s and 80’s and Brother Bennett had a vision to create an organization that promoted drug free competition.  The USAPL began awarding the Brother Bennett Award in 1989.  It is an honorary award that is awarded to members of the USAPL that promote the organization in furthering the cause of drug free sport. I am very proud to have been honored as a Brother Bennett award recipient in 2004.  It was a real honor to be able to compete in this historic venue where the USAPL (ADFPA) began.  

I am happy to report that I had one of my better days on the platform.  I had a perfect day, successfully making all nine of my lifts.  I was able to secure my 12th National Championship victory with an 865 lb. squat, 584 lb. bench and an 870 lb. (unofficial) IPF World Record Deadlift in the new 120+ kg. class.  The 865 lb. squat was my heaviest competition squat since 2004.  I had quite a challenge from multiple IPF World Team member Randall Harris. Randall was able to put together a PR total with 2320 lbs.  After Randall moved ahead of me with an 815 lb. deadlift on his third attempt, I was forced to try 870 lbs. in order to equal Randall’s 2320 lb. total, and win the competition via the bodyweight tiebreaker. I was a little worried about my deadlift training coming into the meet, but the 870 lb. pull went very smooth, with a little left in the tank.  With the victory I will be representing Team USAPL at the IPF World Championships in Pilsen, Czech Republic along with fellow Team HMB member Nick Weite. Nick just simply gets bigger and stronger every year, and he was able to hit a huge 2254 lb total to easily win the 275 lb class. 
The USAPL Nationals have now been completed, and the IPF Oceanic Invitational in Melbourne, Australia is next up on the schedule for late July. With the competitions being so close to each other I had to jump right back into training after only taking one week off.  I only have four weeks to go before I depart on my long journey to Melbourne. I credit GNC Pro Performance HMB for giving me the energy and recovery to jump right back into heavy training with only a short rest.

Train hard, stay healthy, set your goals high, and don't forget to add GNC Pro Performance HMB to your supplement list!
Brad Gillingham


Posted on June 29, 2011


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