2018 USA Powerlifting Murder of Crows Barbell Club Open
7:00am 7:00am

2018 USA Powerlifting Murder of Crows Barbell Club Open

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Murder of Crows Barbell Club is proud to host their second USA Powerlifting meet on Sunday, February 18th, 2018. Please review the information below before submitting your application!

Sanction #:


Meet Director:

Sean Collins

Entry Deadline:

Monday, February 5th 2018


$80 per athlete. $5 for spectators (full-day pass). Coach or handler gets in for free (maximum of 1 per athlete). We will be selling a meet t-shirt for $20 (pre-order only). Please note that there will be no refunds.

About the Competition:

This will be a raw-only meet (for raw competition standards, please refer to the USAPL guidelines here). Each participant will go through the squat, bench, and deadlift (no bench-only, push/pull options available).

Each participant will go into the Open category. No Master or Junior-specific divisions. Medals will be given to the top three lifters in each weight class.

Competition will be limited to 55 lifters maximum. All 55 athletes will compete on Sunday, 2/18/18.

Technical guidelines can be found here, and are encouraged to be reviewed prior to competition. Approved equipment standards (such as belts, wrist-wraps, shoes, and attire) can be found here.

Please note: as this is a USAPL competition sanctioned by USA Powerlifting, there will be drug-testing at this meet.

Please make sure you bring your current USAPL Membership Card and ID with you to this meet. We will NOT be selling USAPL memberships, so please make sure they are current / renewed prior to attending this competition. You may purchase / renew your USAPL Membership here.

Questions? Feel free to email us at info@murderofcrowsbarbell.com, and a staff member will be able to help you out. Thanks!

Prospective Schedule (subject to change):

All female weight classes:

weigh in is at 7AM, competition starts at 9AM

All female competitors to lift from 9AM to 12PM, awards / drug testing from 12:30-1PM

All male weight classes:

Weigh in is at 12PM, competition starts at 2PM

All male competitors to lift from 2PM to 5PM, awards / drug testing from 5:30PM to 6PM

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Nutrition Seminar!
4:00pm 4:00pm

Nutrition Seminar!

Coach Kaleb and Coach Sean will be running a 1 hour nutrition seminar covering basic information re: fueling your body properly as a strength athlete. The seminar will be Saturday, February 4th, at 4PM. Free for Murder of Crows / Crow Hill CrossFit athletes, $10 for everyone else! We'll be starting promptly at 4PM at 919 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238. See you all there!

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Vardanian and Special Guest Weightlifting Seminar
9:30am 9:30am

Vardanian and Special Guest Weightlifting Seminar

Norik Vardanian and Jenny Arthur are coming to Murder of Crows Barbell

We are very excited to announce that Norik Vardanian and Jenny Arthur are coming to Murder of Crows Barbell on Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.  (Couldn't say before that Jenny Arthur was coming because of the Olympics.)

Jenny Arthur is just getting back from placing 6th at the Olympics and breaking an American Record with a 107kg Snatch!  She already holds the record in the clean and jerk.  She has lifted at four World Championships and placed 7th in 2015.  She placed 2nd in the 2013 Junior World Championships and placed 1st in the Pan American Junior Championships the same year.   She is a three time National Champion and an American Open Champion

Norik Vardanian recently broke the American Record in the snatch at 172kg as a 94kg lifter (and briefly held the record in the total).  Last year he won Silver at the 2015 Pan American Games and represented Armenia in the 2012 Summer Olympics.  Norik is one of the most technically proficient lifters in the world, and we are extremely excited to welcome him the Murder of Crows Barbell. 


Please come prepared with questions.  The tentative schedule is as follows:

  • 30 Minutes: Introduction
  • 90 Minutes: Snatch and Accessory Exercises
  • 30 Minutes: Break and Demonstration
  • 90 Minutes: Clean and Jerk and Accessory Exercises
  • 30 Minutes: Q&A


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6:00am 6:00am


We will be having our Grand Opening this Fall 2016! 

Stay tuned as more details become available.

WE ARE OPEN 9/12/16!

We will be moving into a 4,000 sq/ft facility at 919 Bergen Street between Franklin Avenue and Classon Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. 

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TOTTEN TRAINING - Advanced Olympic Lifting Course
to Sep 11

TOTTEN TRAINING - Advanced Olympic Lifting Course

Come learn from one of the best in USA Weightlifting.  Coach Leo Totten is a a Senior International Coach (USAW Level 5), who has been on two Olympic teams, three Pan-American Teams, and five World Championship Teams.  He won the USA Weightlifting Coaching Excellence Award in 2005, and is head coach of East Coast Gold Weightlifting Club, the largest and most successful weightlifting clubs in the country. 

-90% practical application of principles / 10% lecture
– Pre-clinic information on material to be covered
– Videotaping and analyzing during course
– Post-clinic video analysis available
– Topics:

  • Clean/Snatch/Jerk technique training
  • Clean/Snatch/Jerk assistance exercises
  • Basic biomechanics
  • Safety recommendations
  • Dealing with flexibility issues
  • Accommodations for Tall/Large athletes
  • Program design
  • Sport Specific Program design
  • Long term athletic development

PRE-REQUISITES: one or more of the following:

  • SCC (CSCCa)
  • USAW Level 1
  • Crossfit Olympic lift course
  • Exercise Science degree or junior/senior in such program with instructor approval
  • Competitive athlete or coach with instructor approval


Developed by:           Leo Totten, M.S., CAA

Presented by:            Totten Training Systems, LLC

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