Weightlifting.Org, Inc. (WLO) and the Association of Oldetime Barbell and Strongmen (AOBS)
About Weightlifting.Org, Inc and the AOBS
Weightlifting.Org, Inc. (WLO) is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. It was created to educate the public and public institutions regarding the nature, benefits and history of weightlifting and related activities; the hazards of drug use and benefits of drug free sport; and to develop amateur athletes for national and international weightlifting competition.
The Association of Oldetime Barbell and Strongmen (AOBS) is the arm of WLO that focuses on education regarding Iron Game history and drug free sport, while the parent (WLO) concentrates on the development of the sport of weightlifting and amateur athletes, especially for national and international competition.
We rely on donations to further the purposes of our organization. We are happy to receive donations of any kind. An annual donation of $25 entitles you to receive the AOBS newsletter and to obtain discounted tickets for our Annual/Dinner Reunion. If you are not already a supporter of WLO or the AOBS, please become a supporter today. Donations can be remitted to "Weightlifting.org, Inc" or to "AOBS".
You can contact Weightlifting.Org, Inc. or the AOBS via regular mail at:
PO Box 680, Whitestone, NY 11357, or,
via E-mail LiftTech@earthlink.net
by phone/fax (718) 661-3195
Web Site: www.aobs.cc
WLO is a volunteer organization that offers instruction in the sport of weightlifting to athletes, coaches and officials. Our main program activities are currently conducted at the legendary NYC Parks and Recreation facility called Lost Battalion Hall (LBH), at 93-29 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, NY, with more minor activities in other facilities on Queens and Long Island. Weightlifting coaching for new and existing athletes is available via WLO volunteers Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM and Saturdays from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Daily training arrangements for established athletes are available by appointment with WLO coaches.
We work with athletes of all levels but focus on athletes who are, or have the potential to be, national and international level competitors in the sport of Olympic-style Weightlifting. In addition to hands-on coaching, we sponsor weightlifting competitions, give demonstrations of weightlifting to the public and offer clinics for coaches and officials, to train them in the sport of weightlifting.
The volunteers and athletes of WLO are members of USA Weightlifting, the organization recognized by the US Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) as the sole National Governing Body for the sport of Weightlifting in the US.
For more information regarding the programs of WLO, please call (718) 661-3195 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Our Next Reunion Set For October 23, 2010 at the Marriott Hotel in Newark Airport,, NJ
We are pleased to announce that on October 23, 2010, the AOBS will be holding its 27th Anniversary Reunion. This year will will be honoring former Mr. Universe, Chet Yorton, World Renowned Strongman, Dennis Rogers and Three-Time Weightlifting Olympian, Fred Lowe. We also expect some very special iron game celebrity guests.
These AOBS annual gatherings offer a unique opportunity to learn the history of the Iron Game and to teach it. They also provide an opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones. In addition, our guests have a chance to some of the greatest strength performers in the world. Mark your calendars for October 23, 2010. Don't miss our this one or you will regret it!. As our founder, Vic Boff, used to say "This will be our best dinner ever". He meant it and so do we. Reservations for the dinner must be made in advance (tickets cannot be purchased at the door). Click here for a dinner reservation form and a contribution form.Click here for more information on the reunion and the AOBS.
Vic Boff's Enormous Contribution and the History of the AOBS
The AOBS was founded more than 20 years ago by Iron Game legend Vic Boff. Begun as a restaurant-based birthday celebration for Sig Klein, the gathering soon grew into and annual celebration honoring Iron Game history and its heroes. The first honoree under the new format was the immortal John Grimek - in 1986. Since then physique greats, like Steeve Reeves, Reg Park and Bill Pearl have been honored, along with weightlifting champions like Tommy Kono, Norbert Schemansky and Paul Anderson. Vic also developed a newsletter that memorialized Iron Game history. Both traditions continue today.
Vic Boff's contributions to the Iron Game and the entire field of physical culture were so vast that they will probably never be fully understood. He was a man of profound knowledge, unlimited vision, unshakable integrity and boundless enthusiasm. His early successes and setbacks in sports (as a youth he seemed destined to make a career as a professional boxer or baseball player) taught him the value of strength training, natural foods and cold therapy. These early experiences laid the foundation for Vic's lifelong dedication to the Iron Game and physical culture. His passion for, and devotion to, these realms of endeavor involved him with most of the movers and shakers in these fields during the 20th century. Such names as McFadden, Jowett, Hoffman, Grimek, Park, Pearl, Kono, Schemansky and Berger represent only a small sample of his seemingly endless list of friends and associates. Whether it was writing a book, designing a food supplement, preserving history, advising a health industry magnate, or teaching a young person the value of exercise and natural living, he worked tirelessly for the values he believed in throughout his long and very rich life.
In 1982, Vic organized a birthday celebration for Sig Klein. It was so well attended, and the camaraderie and enjoyment of honoring Sig and celebrating history was so grand, that Vic decided to make the gathering and annual event. Eventually, over time, the theme and scale of the gathering broadened and what had started as a birthday party became an annual dinner that has honored many of the greatest strength athletes of all time. At the same time, an informal association made up of strength athletes and their fans, sports administrators and promoters, and historians and collectors in the strength and physical culture field was gradually assembled and nurtured by Vic. The organization grew under his stewardship from a handful to many hundreds of formal members (and many thousands of admirers worldwide). Now Vic's tradition of honoring history, camaraderie and the advocacy of drug free physical culture continues under the auspices of WLO and its its AOBS program.
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Our Policy On Drugs In Sport
Throughout history, mankind as admired strength and muscularly fit physiques. As the 20th century emerged, weightlifting and related competitions became more formal and a growing focus on performance emerged. This led to many very positive improvements in areas such as training, diet and technique. And the records and other standards of performance continued to advance.
Unfortunately, one method that emerged for performance enhancement was the use pharmaceuticals. While drugs have done much good for civilization, they have also created a culture in which many people feel that drugs offer a quick fix for any malady - or a quick road to the top in sport. Instead of relying on proper diet, mental and physical activity, rest and stress management as the building blocks for good health, people often simply turn to drugs for symptom control. Similarly, instead of pursuing high performance levels in sport through training, diet and restoration, some athletes in all sports seek an advantage through the use of drugs. Whether they use anabolic steroids to build strength and muscle, diet drugs to reduce bodyweight and bodyfat, diuretics to shed water weight, or more exotic interventions for other effects, the view shared by many is as follows: a) you can get to the top faster and more easily with drugs, and, b) you can't reach the top without drugs. Neither of these beliefs is true for several reasons.
First, there is the question of what is "the top". Is it performance at the price of health? We think not. Strength, health, an aesthetic appearance and a longer life are all benefits that can be gained through proper diet and exercise. Drugs may vault you to a higher performance level in the short term, but at what price? Significant evidence exists regarding links between performance enhancing drugs and heart disease, cancer and a wide variety of other mental and physical problems. How can you become the best you can be when a drug is undermining your health? Gains in muscle strength and size can be attained and sustained through healthy diet and exercise, while overall health improves. That is really "the top".
Even if you improve in the short term through the use of drugs, it becomes ever more likely each day that you will be caught and punished for you drug use. Whether you are caught law enforcement authorities while in possession of drugs such as anabolic steroids (a felony across the US), or by sports governing authorities (the USAW tests is top athletes without notice year round), your career is over (or at best severely set back) if and when you are caught. Why take the chance? And if you are an athlete who manages to escape detection during the year, what happens at a big event when you are tested? You can of course stop taking drugs before the event. But then you have to worry whether you stopped early enough, and contend with the mental stress of knowing that with every passing moment your advantage is declining. Is that the mental state you want to be in during competition?
Perhaps most importantly, a great part of the benefit that you receive from your careful training and dieting is the esteem you gain from knowing that you have modified your health habits in a positive way and that these interventions have led to a positive result. If, in contrast, you know that your gains have resulted from the use of a drug, you have lost this benefit. Further, when you come to rely on a drug for your performance, your confidence in training, diet and your own ability to succeed can be undermined.
For all of the above reasons and others, we oppose the use of drugs in sport. Many of the highest level athletes prove every day that you can succeed without drugs and be a healthy athlete at the same time. Why not join them?
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