Category Archives: Chair’s Corner

Quick June Update

This Saturday is the Badger Open in Neenah and the preliminary roster can be found online. Two platform contest with 3-4 flights on each. There will be equipment check and weigh-ins starting at 7:00 am. Be there early to get through registration if competing and have your membership already purchased. Print it or be ready to show on your phone.

Hudson…there is a contest in Hudson, WI this year!. Meet directors Chuck Eaton and Ray Curtis are proudly hosting the Western Wisconsin Open on October 31 at the Hudson House. Sanction number WI-2015-09 – as in 9th contest in this calendar year. Will let you know when the entry form will be available. Cap is 60 competitors.

Summer Splash is the next contest for teenagers on July 25th in Omro, WI. Entry form can be found on the WHSPA website. It is an opportunity to qualify for a national level competition such as… ’16 HS Nationals in Orlando.

Did you break a state record at a contest in the state or another state or in another country?. I might not know about your accomplishment to recognize it properly. Please do let me know.

The IPF Raw Classic Worlds is still going on in Sweden right now and if I am reading the schedule correctly, Alex Pinnow and Andy Askow, Wisconsin college students lift tomorrow Wednesday. Stacie Pomrening of Neenah also lifts tomorrow.  Livestreaming and the schedule are available online. Our teammates are five hours ahead of us so you can watch raw powerlifting with your morning coffee.


Tonya L.
WI USAPL State Chair

Summer Update

A busy start to summer! Where to start?!

  • Did you notice that we have a new look to our website?
  • August Wolf Open in Winneconne is full! Registration is closed.
  • Badger Open is just around the corner.  Competitors are heading into final workouts before making the trip to Neenah, WI.  Registration filled up very quickly!
  • The Pure Fitness Open is September 19th in Mequon, WI with ONLY 25 prime slots.  Registration opens at 6:00 pm CST June 1st.  USA Powerlifting American records can be set at this contest as the refs will be there.
  • State records have been updated as much as I could figure out.  Let me know if I missed something.  With 429 Wisconsin members, its’ hard to know everyone and keep current.
  • Wisconsin members Alex Pinnow 83kg class and Andy Askow 120+ kg are competing in the Junior division of the IPF Classic World Men’s Championships in Salo, Finland.  Livestream is available.  Alex competes Wed June 6 and Andy competes Thurs. June 7.  Good luck to both!
  • Working on a sanction for a contest in Hudson, WI at the end of October.  Will the battle of the border continue for another year?
  • Last but not least – the Summer Splash is July 25 in Omro, WI for our teenage members.  Keep training even when school lets out!  There will be raw and geared competition. Two platforms of competition. 

    All the best from the Chair,

    Tonya L.

2015 WI USAPL State Open – Updated Results

It’s been a full week since the WI State Open competition at Whitnall High School in Greenfield.  The gym was packed with 144 competitors, hundreds of fans, coaches and volunteers.  Four platforms busy nearly the entire day.  Many competitors have sent messages to state what a great time they had and I am very proud of the Whitnall team for making it happen.  We have updated results now available.

The next endeavor for me is to update the state records with the new weight classes.  Large task – I will let you know when this is done.

Thought to start a chat on how to deal with deadlift callus tears.  If you had one, what did you do to keep it from happening again?  Post on our Facebook page.

There is still lots of powerlifting going on around the state; Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association (WHSPA) regionals last weekend and more coming up in February.  So many trying to qualify for the state championships in Necedah on March 14-15.  Also many trying to qualify for the USAPL High School Nationals at the end of March in Milwaukee.  Conversations and questions are heating up as I take calls and messages from around the state and country.  Spoke with Billy Jack Talton tonight and he is simply inspirational.  He has helped thousands of young people in Louisiana learn about this great sport and is considering a trip north to support more teenagers in their quest for the top of the podium.

High school nationals March 26-29: Looking for volunteers (link to sign up) or donations of needed items in exchange for advertising your business / employer.  Pencils, pens, 1 ¼” course thread drywall screws, gymnastic chalk, wire brushes, sheets of ¾” drywall (need something like 30 sheets for the competition platforms).  Please contact me if you have donations.

Best regards,
Tonya L.
WI USAPL State Chair

December News & Updated 2015 WI USAPL State Open Meet Roster

14 days until…and I still have to get a few powerlifting goodies on the shopping list!  I am hoping there is dark chocolate in my Xmas stocking as I am going to need it over the next several months!

  • USAPL memberships purchased now are good through 12-31-15
  • As of yesterday, 84 registrations already in for the WI State Open on Jan. 17th.   130 slots total, check out the original posting for registration information
  • The Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association (WHSPA) has a scholarship available to two seniors.  Application deadline is 12-20-14 11:59 pm CST
  • Two WHSPA regional contests coming up this weekend – one at Omro High School in Omro and at River Falls High School.
  • Check out the shout-out we received for WI for the 2015 USAPL High School Nationals on the PowerliftingHigh website

Tonya L.
WI USAPL State Chair
2015 WI State Open meet director
2015 USAPL High School Nationals (in Milwaukee this year!) meet director

Thanksgiving Powerlifting Update!

Cold weather is here! So what?!  Remember Silvester Stallone in Rocky IV – training his butt off in the bitter Moscow cold…?  Maybe you won’t go to the same extremes but everyone has an Ivan Drago in their world. Here is a fun read on cold weather training

Keep training for the WI State Open on January 17 in Milwaukee, WI.  More information at posted on this website.  Registration will open up within the next week or two.  I will send an email as soon as it is.

If you are a full-time student in good standing with a Wisconsin university or college and under twenty-five years old, you are eligible for the following promo:

  • Enter the WI State Open contest in the collegiate competition category.All the names of the competitors who do so will be put into a drawing. At the end of the contest, two names will be selected. Each will win the following:
    • Free entry fee for ’15 USAPL Collegiate Nationals – Atlanta, GA*
    • Reimbursement of your USAPL membership.*

*To be given back to you at Collegiate Nationals by me.

More information on Collegiate Nationals:

Lets’ get Wisconsin to the podium at Collegiate Nationals!

WHSPA (Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association) scholarship application now available to high school seniors.  Scholarship applications for the class of 2015 are due by December 20th, 2014.

Thanksgiving feast & protein: turkey breast can offer as much as 30 grams of protein per 3.5-ounce portion.  Gobble gooble.

All the best,

Tonya L.
WI USAPL State Chair
’15 WI State Open Meet Director
’15 USAPL High School Nationals Meet Director