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Thanks Aaron & Martin. I'm good with whatever rules you set.

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Tonight I got all the structural welding done on the platform, so I had the Gracie DB near by (153# or something like that.  I don't remember).  I lifted the Gracie to the platform right & left, and also tried to brace off the platform.  To be honest, I really don't see why anyone would want to brace off the platform.  You really can't have your hand there for too long anyways, because you have to lift the bell over the platform.  As long as people keep their hand on the handle or in the center of the bell if they lose grip, the lifting hand will be very safe.  

One thing people will need to think about.  If you're doing a straddle stance vs parallel to your stance lift.  The former will allow you to use more of your hand to guide the bell whereas the later may put a bit more thumb pressure.  Also, people will need to think about where they want to have their feet during the lift relative to the platform both for performance and for safety.  I didn't drop the Gracie during any of my attempts, so I don't have any further thoughts on that.  

Regarding tilt - I'm with Aaron, I don't think we have to be too worried about tilt, since it just makes the distance further.  The Gracie is very off balance (one globe is much heavier than the other), and so I lifted it with a lot of tilt, and as Aaron pointed out, it will make the distance farther.  

Aaron and I had traded some design considerations before I butchered the platform together.  I put about a 5 degree negative camber on the legs and the top platform only extends very slightly over the top of the legs.  There is a 1/2" lip that is meant to help keep the bell from rolling off.  Even right up against this lip, the bell and the platform is very stable.  

I have to weld on some covers for the bottoms of the legs, and then do some clean-up of the sharp edges, etc. with the flap disk.  Otherwise it is good shape.  I'm debating whether to leave it industrial or get out the rattle cans and make it all black.  Depends on how much critiquing I want to hear from people about my welds. 😉

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9 hours ago, bwwm said:

Tonight I got all the structural welding done on the platform, so I had the Gracie DB near by (153# or something like that.  I don't remember).  I lifted the Gracie to the platform right & left, and also tried to brace off the platform.  To be honest, I really don't see why anyone would want to brace off the platform.  You really can't have your hand there for too long anyways, because you have to lift the bell over the platform.  As long as people keep their hand on the handle or in the center of the bell if they lose grip, the lifting hand will be very safe.  

One thing people will need to think about.  If you're doing a straddle stance vs parallel to your stance lift.  The former will allow you to use more of your hand to guide the bell whereas the later may put a bit more thumb pressure.  Also, people will need to think about where they want to have their feet during the lift relative to the platform both for performance and for safety.  I didn't drop the Gracie during any of my attempts, so I don't have any further thoughts on that.  

Regarding tilt - I'm with Aaron, I don't think we have to be too worried about tilt, since it just makes the distance further.  The Gracie is very off balance (one globe is much heavier than the other), and so I lifted it with a lot of tilt, and as Aaron pointed out, it will make the distance farther.  

Aaron and I had traded some design considerations before I butchered the platform together.  I put about a 5 degree negative camber on the legs and the top platform only extends very slightly over the top of the legs.  There is a 1/2" lip that is meant to help keep the bell from rolling off.  Even right up against this lip, the bell and the platform is very stable.  

I have to weld on some covers for the bottoms of the legs, and then do some clean-up of the sharp edges, etc. with the flap disk.  Otherwise it is good shape.  I'm debating whether to leave it industrial or get out the rattle cans and make it all black.  Depends on how much critiquing I want to hear from people about my welds. 😉

Thank you Martin for all your work on this. I say keep it industrial!

 

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Entries so far. 

Men

Aaron Corcorran - 105+ kg

Durry Becker

Steve Millard - 105kg - Paid

Martin Braun -105+ kg

Eric Milfeld - 105kg - Paid

Adam Juncker - 105kg

Adam Glass - 105kg 

 

Womens 

Leah Einecker

 

Men, if you have an idea what class you are going to be in let me know so I can add it. Also, if you already did your entry but missed doing entry fee via the paypal button on entry completed page let me know what your plan is. I can give you my paypal info when you are ready to make a payment as well. I am trying to get a few things made still for the comp and cash on hand would be super helpful for that.

Thanks,

 Aaron

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EricMilfeld

I don’t think Tommy Jennings will mind if I let you know he’ll be in the 105. 

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7 minutes ago, EricMilfeld said:

I don’t think Tommy Jennings will mind if I let you know he’ll be in the 105. 

Thanks, I'm just waiting on an entry from him to add him. Adam texted me this morning that he is coming with you guys. With him that is about the best I can hope for regarding putting in his entry I think.

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daniel reinard

Aaron,

Emily and I will sign up tonight and forward the fees. I have a couple pounds to cut but I still hope to be in 83kg class. Last night I was 185 when going to bed. If my weigh in doesn't go as planned it will of course be 93kg. That mostly depends on how bad we eat the few days leading up to the comp. 

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Just now, daniel reinard said:

Aaron,

Emily and I will sign up tonight and forward the fees. I have a couple pounds to cut but I still hope to be in 83kg class. Last night I was 185 when going to bed. If my weigh in doesn't go as planned it will of course be 93kg. That mostly depends on how bad we eat the few days leading up to the comp. 

There’s only 83, 105, and big boy division. 

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14 minutes ago, EricMilfeld said:

There’s only 83, 105, and big boy division. 

Petite, Extra Regular, and Thickness divisions. :D

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37 minutes ago, daniel reinard said:

Aaron,

Emily and I will sign up tonight and forward the fees. I have a couple pounds to cut but I still hope to be in 83kg class. Last night I was 185 when going to bed. If my weigh in doesn't go as planned it will of course be 93kg. That mostly depends on how bad we eat the few days leading up to the comp. 

Eat well lol (I'm in the 83kg class).  With you and Cannon in 83kg, maybe I should be the one trying to put on some pounds and get into the 105 lol ...  Anyway, first I have to see if I can swing getting there at all.  Good luck with the diet, maybe meet you in a few weeks.

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daniel reinard

No 93? Then i better drop some pounds! I've lost a little over 10. Now it's the hard part.

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Posted (edited)
17 minutes ago, Tommy J. said:

Man im stoked to get to finally meet you guys!

Aaron

Martin

Daniel

Vinnie if he can make it

and everyone!

 

everytime i meet folks in person they all say the same thing. “Not what i expected!”

some of you may even leave with what feels like a 6 pack beginning to take shape, from all the laughing you’ll do! 😁

Hell yeah! I wonder if you Texas folks are gonna cause my long lost accent to come out. Only seems to come out when I am drinking and around other native Texan speakers anymore.

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5 hours ago, Tommy J. said:

some of you may even leave with what feels like a 6 pack beginning to take shape, from all the laughing you’ll do! 😁

I knew it!  You really are a girl.  Anyway, I would have to do a LOT of laughing to get a six pack.  Right now I have like a whole CASE.

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Posted (edited)

I'm not sure if this has been asked yet but does the contest fee cover the expo entrance fee for competitors?

Looking forward to meeting old faces and new faces that have been long overdue. Gonna be a blast. Maybe even an abs blast if Tommy cracks us up as expected!

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bwwm

I miss living in Richardson & Garland TX.  Probably would have stayed if the ex-wife wasn't so unhappy there.  That was probably my first sign.  In retrospect, I should have took it that way and bailed. 😉 

Oh, and I don't think the folks from TX will be that thrilled about the BBQ out here, but the Mexican food out here has it's own Southwest flair that was hard to find in the Dallas area.  

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Oh, the bigger question - where are we going after the comp for shenanigans and "hold my beer/scotch/whatever" feats ?

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12 hours ago, daniel reinard said:

I'm not sure if this has been asked yet but does the contest fee cover the expo entrance fee for competitors?

Looking forward to meeting old faces and new faces that have been long overdue. Gonna be a blast. Maybe even an abs blast if Tommy cracks us up as expected!

Yes it will cover entrance fee for competitors. 

There is a rumor I heard last night at the gym from someone involved in running the Powerlifting comp that was going to be there that the Fit Expo may not happen. I have not heard anything from my contact that was the main promoter putting the fit expo on yet but will be reaching out today. It will be the first year for it here and I can't speak to the main promoters experience so who knows. 

Anyway if that falls apart we can still have it at the original Gym venue and entry fee would be covered as well. From my perspective it will be a lot easier to run at the gym and I should have to haul less stuff there.

- Aaron

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9 hours ago, bwwm said:

Oh, the bigger question - where are we going after the comp for shenanigans and "hold my beer/scotch/whatever" feats ?

Probably my house. :D

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I want to send out a big thanks to sponsors! Your help and donations are greatly appreciated! If anyone else is interested in sponsoring please let me know.

Martin Braun 

Adam Juncker

Daniel and Emily Reinard

 

Entries so far including likely division

Men

83Kg Division

Daniel Reinard - 83Kg - Paid

 

105Kg Division

Durry Becker

Steve Millard - 105kg - Paid

Eric Milfeld - 105kg - Paid

Adam Juncker - 105kg

Adam Glass - 105kg

 

105+ Kg Division

Aaron Corcorran - 105+ kg

Martin Braun -105+ kg

 

Womens 

Leah Einecker

Emily Reinard

 

Men, if you have an idea what class you are going to be in let me know so I can add it. Also, if you already did your entry but missed doing entry fee via the paypal button on entry completed page let me know what your plan is. I can give you my paypal info when you are ready to make a payment as well. I am trying to get a few things made still for the comp and cash on hand would be super helpful for that.

Thanks,

 Aaron

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daniel reinard

I'm down for the gym. We booked a hotel 2 blocks from it. 😎

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EricMilfeld

Is the gym far from the airport area?

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9 minutes ago, EricMilfeld said:

Is the gym far from the airport area?

According to google maps the gym is 23 minutes drive from the airport.

 

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Aaron, what do you say to letting me be the Beer Sponsor? Just tell me what to buy and where to get it after the meet.

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1 minute ago, EricMilfeld said:

Aaron, what do you say to letting me be the Beer Sponsor? Just tell me what to buy and where to get it after the meet.

Sounds good. I am more of a whisky guy myself but we can certainly check with Zac here. I think he is planning on joining us for the comp and he works at one of the local micro-breweries as well as making some really tremendous home brews that he sometimes brings out. One year he brought a pony keg of something he brewed that was the best beer I ever have had. I think he called it a Laphroaig oaked scottish 90 shilling beer if I remember right. We started into that pony keg during the last event of the comp and I don't think it lasted 30 minutes.

- Aaron

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Whoa... the name alone of that beer sounds really good!

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