Howard Cohen American Masters 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah



An Eleiko event hosted by Praxis Weightlifting

Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S W Temple, SLC UT, 84101

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Team entry fee is $80.00. Each lifter on the team roster must submit an individual entry indicating he represents this club. Men’s teams consist of 8 athletes and 3 reserves. Women’s teams consist of 8 athletes and 3 reserves. Each team is only allowed 2 team members competing in the same age group and body weight category.

Team entries must be submitted by the same registration deadline as athlete entry. The Competition Secretary will contact the individual who purchased the team registration the week of the event to confirm the roster.  Final Team Rosters are due in the hands of the Competition Secretary no later than 7:00 PM at the Technical Conference.

Non USA Athlete Registration
Non-USA Team Registration


Shoulder Clinic with Tracy Fober

 You asked – we delivered.  We have arranged for Tracy Fober, PT CSCS, Iron Maven Performance Health, to provide a specialized clinic on shoulder health.  This clinic will be offered twice, inside the venue, during the event.  


Bulletproof Shoulders On and Off The Platform

Invest in yourself and your athletes with this one-hour practical session. We will review basic shoulder anatomy and function, common weightlifting shoulder injuries and then go over a variety of warm up progressions and assistance exercises that will help develop and maintain shoulder health for the weightlifting athlete.

About Tracy Fober: From learning the basics of weight training and physical therapy with Olympian and physical therapist Derrick Crass in Belleville, IL back in 1998 to working with US Ski & Snowboard for 4 years leading into the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeonchang, South Korea, Tracy has worked with athletes and patients of all levels of ability.  Over that time, she has promoted the concept of physical health for life and sport, integrating knowledge and practical experience from the fields of exercise science, rehabilitation and the sport of weightlifting.  Tracy is a respected performance professional in the United States and actively works to promote integration of sports medicine and athletic development through local workshops, national presentations and social media. 

Cost: $50    





Radisson SLC Downtown; $129/night (deadline for discount Oct 1, 2018)

215 W. South Temple, SLC, UT 84101; (800) 333-3333 ask for “2018 American Masters Championships preferred rate”

Radisson Online Reservation

Sauna, hot tub, directly adjacent to venue, in-room refrigerator, adjacent to Trax light rail which runs direct to airport $2.50 and offers free access to downtown, $10 daily parking fee.

  • Hyatt House; $134/night (deadline for discount Oct 1, 2018)

140 S. 300 W. SLC, UT 84101; (801) 359-4020 “Masters Weightlifting 2018 rate”

Hyatt House Online Reservation

Complimentary internet, in-room refrigerator and microwave (can upgrade to kitchenette), complimentary breakfast, $10 daily parking fee, 1.5 blocks to venue, 2 blocks to Trax $2.50 light rail to airport, NO SAUNA

  • Marriott Courtyard; $134/night (deadline for discount Oct 1, 2018)

345 W. 100 S. SLC, UT 84101; (385) 290-6500 “Masters Weightlifting 2018 rate”

Marriott Online Reservation

Sauna, hot tub, complimentary internet, in-room refrigerator and microwave, $10 daily parking fee, 1.5 blocks to venue, .2 blocks to Trax light rail


EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE: CLOSED 15 September 2018 (No qualifying total required for this event)

Individual Early Entry $104 includes $25 mandatory drug testing fee and online registration fee.


Individual entries after 15 September and through 1 October 2018 $130- includes $25 mandatory drug testing fee and online registration fee.

You will have an option to add on a competition shirt for $25.  T-shirt color and style changes can be made at the GAMEDAY vendor booth for a price upgrade (yes, including glitter)

Both the Barbells Elevated and the Howard Cohen American Masters logos will be available on t-shirt design.

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USAW Membership (Master athlete) is required for all US citizens.  Please make sure your membership is valid through the end of the competition (5 November 2018). USAW number and expiration date are required in order to register.  Athletes are required to be registered with USAW as MASTERS athletes.

Non-US citizens may register without USAW membership and will be subject to all IWF competition regulations including drug testing by USADA.


The technical meeting will be held the night before the event at 7:00 PM at the Radisson Hotel.  Verification of entries (changing weight classes) will take place at 6:30 PM.


Competition is planned to take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 2-4 November 2018. If unexpected registration numbers require an additional day of lifting, the event will be pushed into Thursday as a last resort.  A tentative lifting schedule will be determined one week after the late entry deadline of 1 October 2018.  The final lifting schedule will be set after the final verification of entries, the night before the event.  You do NOT need to be present at the verification meeting in order to change weight classes.  You may make your weight class changes by email at any point prior to the meeting.  The schedule will follow the historical organization for masters’ events: the oldest lifters will compete on the first day (Friday), and the youngest lifters will lift last on Sunday.


This is NOT the final schedule.  The final schedule may change by over 100 additional lifters before the final late registration deadline of Oct 1.  Individual session times and entire days may change based on final registrations.  This schedule is provided as an historical guideline only!

Age Weight # Lifters
Date Sess Pfm Weigh-in Start Sex Group Cat. Grp Ses
Fri  Nov 2 1 A 9:00 AM 11:00 AM m 16
M85+ ALL 2
M80 ALL 1
M75 ALL 4
M70 ALL 9
B 9:00 AM 11:00 AM f W70 ALL 2 10
B 9:00 AM 11:00 AM f W65 ALL 5
B 9:00 AM 11:00 AM f W60 ALL 3
2 A 11:30 AM 1:30 PM f W55 ALL 10 14
W50 45 – 55 4
B 11:30 AM 1:30 PM f W50 59 – 87+ 15 15
3 A 2:00 PM 4:00 PM m M65 55 – 89 14 14
B 2:00 PM 4:00 PM m M65 96 – 102 4
B 2:00 PM 4:00 PM m M60 55 – 96 8 12
Sat    Nov 3 4 A 8:00 AM 10:00 AM m M60 102 – 109+ 4 14
M55 ALL 10
B 8:00 AM 10:00 AM f W45 45 – 64 10 10
5 A 10:30 AM 12:30 PM m M50 55 – 89 12 12
B 10:30 AM 12:30 PM f W45 71 – 87+ 13 13
6 A 1:00 PM 3:00 PM m M50 96 – 109+ 6 14
M45 55 – 89 8
B 1:00 PM 3:00 PM f W40 45 – 76 16 16
7 A 3:30 PM 5:30 PM m M45 96 – 109+ 6 11
M40 55 – 81 5
B 3:30 PM 5:30 PM f W40 81 – 87+ 2 9
B 3:30 PM 5:30 PM f W35 45 – 64 7
8 5:00 PM 7:00 PM m M40 89 – 109 13 13
Sun      Nov 4 9 A 8:00 AM 10:00 AM m M35 55 – 89 15 15
B 8:00 AM 10:00 AM m M35 96 – 109+ 9 9
10 A 10:15 AM 12:15 PM f W35 71 – 76 11 11
B 10:15 AM 12:15 PM f W35 81 – 87+ 8 8

Masters age divisions will apply 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90+

IWF weight class categories recognized as of November 1, 2018 will apply.  It is anticipated that new weight classes will be announced by the IWF in the summer of 2018. Until new weight classes are announced, you will be prompted to register in the familiar weight classes.  Once the new weight classes are announced, registered athletes will automatically be bumped UP to the nearest weight class of the one they registered under.  Athletes will be alerted by email and be allowed to submit an email declaration of a different weight class than the automatic increase, if desired.  As always, weight class changes may be made at the Verification of Entries meeting prior to the event (see Weight Category Change below).  Updates will be posted here and on the USAW and IWF websites.

UPDATE AUG 10:  IWF bodyweight categories have been applied.  If you registered prior to August, you have been automatically bumped UP to the nearest weight class.  If you would like to change your weight class, please email and we will happily make that change for you.  


Please note that according to USAW Masters rules, an athlete may increase or decrease his/her body weight category at the Verification of Entries meeting (before the Technical Meeting). After the technical meeting an athlete may increase, but may not decrease his/her body weight category. The athlete must notify the Competition Secretary and report to the weigh-in of the original weight category to confirm the change to a heavier category. If there are any questions about this ruling please contact your National Master’s Chairman, Howard Cohen.


Records set at the HOWARD COHEN AMERICAN MASTERS are “meet records”, meaning they can only be set at this annual event.  With new IWF weight class categories, it is expected that all highest totals at this event will be recorded as Howard Cohen American Masters meet records. (Note: Meet records are specific an event and are not National Records)


Pursuant to the rules of USA Masters Weightlifting, championships are a drug-tested event. The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) will be under contract to handle all testing-related procedures. The number of tests administered will depend on the number of entries received for the championships. Of each entry received, $25 is allocated to the contracted costs with USADA.


Medals will be presented to first, second, and third place for totals only.

-Best Lifter for each age group, male and female

-Grand Master award for male and female

-Team awards for first, second and third place, male and female


All official weigh-ins will take place at the weigh-in office at the competition venue.  There will be a check scale at the competition hotel – Radisson, adjacent to the venue.


Debbie Millet, Meet Director; (801) 440-7699