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NYPD Boxing Championships @ MSG New York‘s Finest (NYPD)

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NYC’s Battle of the Badges NYPD Boxing Championship at Madison Square Garden pits the best of New York’s Boldest against New York’s Finest

14 Heroes Still Exist NYPD’s Mark Sinatra shows fierceness in the ring and compassion outside 4

Westchester Championships Powerlifting Competition at Athletes Warehouse

30 Powerlifting on the Beach Connecticut’s Hall of Fame Powerlifting Brothers, Jim and Jack Micik host Powerlifting on the Shores of Long Island Sound 31 Toss Daddy Olympic Weightlifting Athletes Warehouse hosts its second annual Toss Daddy Olympic Weightlifting Competition


38 Athlete of the Month 39 Coach’s Corner 40 Sports Photo Tip MetroSports Magazine | 1

Train Like a Champion. Train with a Champion. MetroSports Magazine’s former Athlete of the Month and cover of our May-June 2015 issue, Keisher “Fire” McLeod, a former NY Golden Gloves Champion, current NYS Flyweight Champion and current WIBA World Flyweight Champion can now be your personal boxing trainer at the world famous Gleason’s Gym.

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MetroSports Magazine (MSM) is published six times a year by the New York Sports Photo Group. MSM is available online and can be downloaded in electronic format for viewing on tablet and hand-held devices, laptop and desktop computers and purchased as full-color glossy print editions. Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Art Director: Warren Rosenberg Publisher: New York Sports Photo Group: Features Editor / Layout: Warren Rosenberg Director of Photography: Clark Thompson Social Media: Clark Thompson Photo Contributors: Kerri Harte, Aydin Mayers, Viviana Podhaiski, Clark Thompson, Warren Rosenberg Proofreader: Melissa Tougas Contributors: Thomas Chin, Fitness Advertising: For rate card contact Please direct all inquiries to: Visit us on the web at:

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NYC’s Battle of the Badges NYPD vs NYCD Boxing


n June 9th, 2016 in The World’s Most Famous Arena, the home of the legendary battles between Muhammad Ali and Floyd Patterson, Ernie Shavers, Oscar Bonavena and Joe Frazier, the NYPD’s Lieutenant Dave Siev and NYCD’s Captain Charles Matthews brought the best of their respective boxing teams to an event alternatively referred to as “The NYPD Boxing Championships”, “The Battle of the Badges” and “Civil War”. Twenty-five bouts were scheduled, most between members of the NYPD’s Finest Boxing. Five of the bouts pitted members of NY’s Finest Boxing against members of the NYC Department of CorrectionBoldest Boxing. MetroSports Magazine followed the five Boldest fighters and is featuring two of them in this issue, Officers Patrina HallMadry and Billcardo Joissin along with the team’s co-founder, Captain Charles Matthews. continued on page 10

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NYC Department of Correction Officer Patrina Hall-Madry landing a hard right at her June 9th 2016 bout at Madison Square Garden on the way to the first official win of her boxing career. C.O. Hall-Madry captured the New York Law Enforcement SuperWoman Title in her victory over the NYPD’s Ana Montoya.

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NYC Correction Officer Patrina Hall-Madry working the left jab.

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MSM asked C.O. Patrina Hall-Madry what it was like to be victorious in her first fight, no less one at MSG. We also asked how she became interested in boxing Patrina: I’m not quite sure if winning has sunk in as of yet. I’m still on the fact that I actually got into a ring and had the nerve to fight. I keep viewing the photos and video of my fight and still can’t believe that was me. As far as the crowd, I had to block them out. My first fight, I needed to make sure that I was confident enough to get in that ring, and get the tactical part of fighting down. The thought of a fight or flight situation for me was real. I decided to fight because, I felt that the coaching I received from C.O. Aaron Crump who is also a boxer trained me months ago. We trained for about four times within a two week period. He gave me the knowledge and skills of boxing. I owe him the biggest thanks for his time. Also, to Capt. Matthews who gave me an understanding on what to expect, and to get a feel of the ring for my first time. He gave me a confident look assuring me that I’ll be alright. I became interested in the sport about a year ago. I’m very competitive and always looking to challenge myself. I’m a runner and wanted a different challenge. I think this was a great start to a new challenge. I look forward to the future of boxing.

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This page and facing page: NYC Correction Officer Billcardo Joissin on his way to capturing the New York Law Enforcement Super Middleweight Title aginst the NYPD’s Fighting Finest Alex Cintron.

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Captain Matthews founded the Boldest Boxing team in 2010 with Correction Officer Bryan Grant. He also holds the distinction of being the team’s boxer to represent the Boldest in the annual Battle of the Badges held each November. Since its founding just six years ago, the Boldest have represented NYC’s Department of Correction in boxing competitions held in St. Louis, Puerto Rico, England, Scotland and Ireland as well as in venues throughout New York City. MSM: As its founder along with C.O. Bryan Grant, how do you see the NYCD Boxing program fitting into Deputy Commissioner Toulon’s Vision for Boldest Sports? Captain Matthews: Deputy Commissioner Toulon is working on expanding the DOC Boldest Sports Program. Prior to his arrival, the Sports Teams which were in existence were created separately and everyone was doing their own thing, just for the love of the sport. His vision to expand, while unifying, the various Boldest Sports Teams is something we all share a passion for. It is our hope that by unifying the various Sports Teams, it will rebuild the morale, camaraderie and most of all pride within our members. In addition to building up relationships within our department, the sports program assists in fostering relationships between the Department, the Community and other Law Enforcement agencies throughout the city and even nationwide through the various competitions and events we are able to participate in.

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Boldest Boxing has a long standing, well established, relationship with NYPD’s Finest Boxing. It is through this relationship that Boldest Boxing has been able to establish itself amongst the elite in Law Enforcement, offering its boxers the ability to compete not only at such venues as Madison Square Garden, but also at venues throughout the country and the world.

Below: Iran “The Blade” Barkley taking a bow at the June 9th, 2016 NYPD Boxing Championships. Barkley ran up an impressive record earning belts as World Boxing Board Heavyweight Champion (1997), WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion (1992), IBF World Super Middleweight Champion (1992), WBC World Middleweight Champion (1988), WBC Continental Middleweight Champion (1985-86).

MSM: As a former Boldest boxer, do you miss being in the ring? Captain Matthews: As a former boxer, I definitely miss competing. Boxing has always been my lifelong dream. As difficult as it is to now sit ringside, instead of getting in the ring, my main focus now is on representing the Department, coaching and training Correction Officers of all ranks and on the promoting aspect of Boxing. Taking this to the next level. MSM: What are your goals for the Boldest Boxing program and how long do you think it will take to achieve them? Captain Matthews: When myself, Correction Officer Bryan Grant and NYPD Lieutenant David Siev started out the boxing team, our goals were simple; build a strong team consisting of male and female fighters, bring communities, the Department and other Law Enforcement agencies together and do it for a good cause, CHARITY! This is what we accomplished on June 9th, 2016. Our attendance totaled 4700 screaming fans at Madison Square Garden. So, I do believe that with all the hard work for all the charities we have participated in, we have accomplished our goals - and within our 6 years of existence. I would like to thank all the Correction Officers who fought representing the Department, the NYPD for fighting against and assisting us and all local Law Enforcement agencies who assisted in our cause. Thank you all! MetroSports Magazine | 11

NYPD Lieutenant Dave Siev, pictured here in yellow, is the driving force behind New York’s Fighting Finest Boxing and began boxing at the age of 13. In 2002, then Sergeant Sievewas awarded the American Association for the Improvement of Boxing’s Special Recognition for Heroism on September 11, 2001 along with the FDNY’s Lieutenant Glenn Rohan at the Crown Plaza Hotel in White Plains. NYC’s Fighting Finest Boxing promotes camraderie among members of the NYPD and supports three Atlas Cops & Kids Programs at: Park Hill, Staten Island, and Flatbush Gardens and Bed-Stuy Boxing, both in Brooklyn. The longer term goal is to bring Cops & Kids Boxing to all five boroughs of NYC. 12 | July - August 2016

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Heroes Still Exist Community Policing at its Best Lieutenant Dave Siev, a decorated NYPD officer is President and Coach of the NYPD’s Fighting Finest and was the chief organizer and promoter for the June 9th event at Madison Square Garden. In a 2005 article in the Sweet Science written by Robert Mladinich, Lt. Siev was quoted as saying “A lot of people think cops are mean-spirited, with no sense of social conscience. That’s clearly not true. Good cops, of which there are many, view their chosen profession as a calling. They do more good deeds in one year than many people do in a lifetime, and never tell anyone about it”. Former Iraq war veteran, U.S. Marine, and NYPD Sergeant Mark Sinatra is the perfect example. Following his win at the June 9th NYPD Boxing Championships at Madison Square Garden, Officer Sinatra came across a young fan and his family. According to Kerri Harte who was with Officer Sinatra, the young man’s mother mentioned “how much he LOVES boxing and the NYPD. Sergeant Sinatra gave him his winning belt, to keep, and the family was nearly in tears! He was sooooo happy!!! It was so special seeing him smile so big. Such an amazing night and a great fundraiser for numerous charities for kids with disabilities!” Top Photo: Sergeant Mark Sinatra receiving his NYPD Superheavyweight Championship Belt at Madison Square Garden Bottom Photo: Sergeant Sinatra gives his Belt to a young fan of NYPD Boxing.

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Westchester Championships Powerlifting in Pleasantville


n May 14th 2016, while the massive floating construction crane, the Left Coast Lifter, was lifting heavy steel beams destined for the roadway of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, only 16 miles away more than 50 tons of steel were being lifted with nothing more than raw human muscle at the Athletes Warehouse in Pleasantville, NY. That’s where over 120 athletes gathered to compete in the 2nd Annual Westchester Championships powerlifting competition organized by the Westchester Barbell Coalition.

While most of the day’s competitors hailed from the New York Metro region, lifters from 10 different states participated, representing the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland and Nebraska. The 127 competitors lifted a total of over 100,450 pounds of steel plates and bars during the event.

Powerlifting, a sport overseen by the national sanctioning body USA Powerlifting (USAPL), involves athletes attempting to lift the maximum weight possible in three different events, the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. Three attempts are allowed in each of the three events with a maximum of nine lifts performed by each athlete during a competition meet.

This year’s event was the first annual running of the Westchester Championships Powerlifting Competition and is one of three competitive events being held this year at the Athletes Warehouse. In addition to the Westchester Championships, the Athletes Warehouse hosted the 2nd annual Toss Daddy Olympic Weightlifting competition (covered elsewhere in this issue) and will host the ‘War of Westchester’ on November 5.

Judging is performed by three officials, designated by the sanctioning body, who decide whether a lift is good or bad. Competition results and awards are based upon the total of each competitor’s best lift in each category with the winner being the individual lifting the highest total weight in each division.

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Facing Page: Janibell Suero, 1st Place finisher in the Women’s Raw Junior Under 47kg Division.

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While the sport of Olympic Weightlifting has a place in the Olympics (makes sense, doesn’t it), Powerlifting does not. Among the speculated reasons is that there are too many competing governing bodies, the use of assistive equipment - although the RAW movement is working to eliminate this, and the fact that the viewing public might not find it distinguishable from the already included Olympic Weightlifting.

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Below: Connor Hale, First Place Winner in the Raw Teen Under 93kg Division on his way to accumulating a total of 622.5 kg Facing Page: Top Left. Melissa Forbis, First Place Winner in the Raw Masters Under 57kg Division working towards her 272.5kg lift total for the competition. Top Right. John Curtin, Second Place Finisher in the Raw Master Division with a total of 455kg lifted. Bottom. Tiffany Sanders, winner of the Under 84kg Raw Master and Raw Open Divisions.

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“Power and Finesse” Appearing in her first sanctioned competition, 23 year old Isle Bastille took home first place honors in the Women’s Junior Raw Under 57kg division lifting a total of 287.5 kg. Holding an undergraduate degree in Biology from Cornell University and working in a Neuroscience research laboratory at Columbia University, this power-packed dynamo heads off to begin her Ph.D. studies at Harvard University later this summer. MetroSports Magazine had the pleasure of going oneon-one with Ms. Bastille. MSM: How did you first become interested in Powerlifting? Isle: I began as a crossfitter 4 years ago, then transferred to just Oly and began strictly powerlifting in January. I love the tangible progress that you see in lifting and the fusion of pure power and finesse in form. I will be sticking with powerlifting for as long as I can, it just fits my personality and goals. I plan to compete in Junior Nationals in October. MSM: Did you, or do you now, participate in other athletic activities? Isle: I was a soccer player in high school but had to stop due to nagging ankle injuries. Powerlifting is one of the first sports I’ve done where I feel very safe from unpredictable injury, contrary to popular belief. MSM: Is there anything from your particular knowledge as a biologist and researcher that helps guide your training regimen? Any secrets you wish to share? Isle: Yes! Although not directly scientific, the discipline I have developed as a scientist has been crucial to my training. In science, your experiments (that take weeks to months to complete) OFTEN (9/10 times) fail. Science has 20 | July - August 2016

taught me to fail gracefully which has taught me to persist as a lifter. If I fail a weight, it doesn’t mean its not possible, it doesn’t mean I should get sad about it and disparage my body. I have learned to become comfortable (though not complacent) with struggle and failure and that’s an invaluable lesson. Success doesn’t always come on the first attempt. Sometimes it comes on the 10th…sometimes on the 100th…….but with persistence it comes. Always. MSM: How do your colleagues in the academic world and, particularly your co-workers at Columbia University, respond when they learn about your competing in Powerlifting competitions? Isle: They are very surprised and ALWAYS say “but you look so small!” Which makes me laugh. But it also helps them understand why I am ALWAYS eating haha. MSM: Have you any comments or observations about your experience competing in the Westchester Championships at Athletes Warehouse? Isle: I had a great day here. The facility was absolutely beautiful (my friends and I were left gaping at the pristine equipment and platforms). I most appreciated how technical the judges were— although it worked to my disadvantage a few times it also pointed out weaknesses in my form and technique I didn’t know about and will definitely change. The event was also very well organized, I was worried about the double platform becoming confusing but it was fine and much quicker! Thank you to the owners of the Athletes Warehouse for hosting us and putting on such a great meet. Facing Page: Powerlifter, neuroscientist and Harvard Ph.D. student Isle Bastille competing in the squat event and celebrating her performance with mom.

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MSM: Please feel free to give a ‘plug’ to the gym you train at or to any coaches who have helped you along the way. Isle: I do not have a powerlifting coach. But, I’d like to thank my team comprised of my closest friends in NYC who work out at the Columbia Medical Center Free Weight Club. There are 8 of us all ranging from medical researchers, masters students to medical and dental students. We all coach each other and each have our best lift or specialty (one guy knows mobility, one has been competing for years, one is an amazing bencher…etc). Six of us competed in this meet (the first competition for many) and came out with 4 medals! I am so honored to know and lift with such knowledgeable and motivated people.

MSM: And, finally, our ‘Lightning Round’ questions that our readers really want to know.What’s more important - neurons or glia ? Isle: Glia, all the way. I hope to do my PhD in neuroimmunology, specifically on these under appreciated support cells of the brain. MSM: What’s the best bet for quick food – ‘Louie’s Lunch’ or “The Hot Truck” Isle: Louie’s lunch…where I as a freshman convinced myself that mozzarella sticks were actually healthy. MSM: What’s the best hockey at Madison Square Garden - “Rangers vs Devils” or Big Red vs Terriers” Isle: What kind of Cornellian would I be if I didn’t choose the latter?

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Heather Oswald scored the highest total weight lifted among all women competing, muscling a total 410 kg, or 902 lbs, a full 100 kg (220 lbs) more than the second place competitor.

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Athletes Warehouse was founded in 2013 in order to fill a void in both the beliefs and methodologies of training youth athletes according to Joe Beckert, who provided information for this article. From there, Softball Strength Academy, Westchester Barbell Coalition, and Method Health and Fitness were created. Although they each share similar ideologies in each of their respective realms, they were formed for the purpose of giving the best product for each target market. Athletes Warehouse is redefining the youth athlete. We are not a typical ‘membership’ gym. We are a strength and conditioning facility, where we typically work in a small group/ team or 1-on-1 setting. We have the most highly educated fitness professionals in our area 24 | July - August 2016

who are passionate about making every athlete better. Athletes Warehouse offers an initial consultation to every client to outline a path of progression as well as a comprehensive evaluation related to their goals. We have a program director that oversees every workout in the building to ensure they are getting the best possible product. Athletes Warehouse does this by reevaluating periodically, tracking each individual’s progress, and gathering feedback as often as possible from the athletes. We encourage our athletes to ask the all powerful question, “why?”. This is not only for the purpose of educating them but also to display that we are here to provide the best product possible through confidence in our teaching and programming.

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Our staff all have earned college degrees in the health and fitness industry and hold various certifications in strength and conditioning.

MetroSports Magazine asked Joe Beckert the following questions regarding Athletes Warehouse and The Westchester Barbell Coalition.

The Westchester Barbell Coalition was founded (March 2015) on the beliefs that everyone needs an escape and outlet from everyday living. It is also our belief that most individuals have a competitive nature and when they don’t fit into a traditional team sport they need to find something else to compete in. We believe that no athlete should be left out. Weightlifting is a sport that everyone can participate in. Westchester Barbell Coalition was founded to offer a platform to compete on, have enjoyment in a hobby and set goals for each individual’s journey.

MSM: Where do you see the WBC heading in future years? Joe: I see WBC in local high schools and more colleges. We currently have a few satellite locations and some in the works. We will share with the community our knowledge and the best experience you can possibly get in the weightlifting realm in this area. There is a right and wrong way to train, and we are here to help. As strength and conditioning coaches we believe injury prevention must be a priority simultaneously with a progression in training. We hope to hold at least 4 events a year between powerlifting and Olympic lifting. MetroSports Magazine | 25

MSM: How competitive, on the national stage, do you see the N.Y. metro area’s powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting community? Joe: I see a lot of potential for both sports. Other gyms are starting to realize there is very little weightlifting in this area and that it is in a high demand due to the benefits it can offer. WBC has been well represented both at Youth Nationals last year in Minnesota as well as the National Championships in Texas for Olympic weightlifting. We also have powerlifters that are capable of competing at a very high level and we plan to send a team to nationals next year. With the vast interest we have seen from our local meets, I think it is a possibility that the metro area could do very well in the near future. It is important to continue to expose these athletes to a proper training regimen and an appropriate gym atmosphere to excel in. It is imperative that we continue to educate the youth about weightlifting. MSM: Outside of those already committed to the sport, what should members of the general public know that might help increase their interest in the sport? Joe: It would help to introduce weightlifting at a younger age. I think it is important to start children in the sport of weightlifting earlier than America traditionally accepts. It teaches body control and awareness through kinematic sequencing, builds power and strength through adaptation, and leaves you with a humbling “I could do better” feel. Habits are established at a young age and I truly believe it is extremely important to incorporate appropriate training to our youth population. An athlete should not be discovering powerlifting and olympic weightlifting in high school or even college. By then, it is too late! I wish I could illustrate how much goes into competing at a local or national level. If the public could even begin to understand how much time and energy

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goes into training I think it would alter their outlook and obtain more interest in the sport. Participants utilize these sports for general health and strengthening benefits but sacrifice a lot to perform at these levels: time away from their families and homes, high demand on proper nutrition and sleep, as well as pushing the human body through adaptation and other obstacles. This is a sport and a skill. It requires practice. You compete against yourself and others. It’s a marathon not a sprint. You don’t just work out and improve, there is a method to getting stronger. I think another factor why the sports are not popular is the lack of education. The community believes they could be dangerous, which, when not done properly they are correct. With proper training and coaching the risk of injury is minimized. Another issue is the public lacks the knowledge to understand what these sports really are. Olympic Weightlifting is maximum attempts in the Snatch and Clean and Jerk. And Powerlifting is maximum attempts in the squat, bench and deadlift. These events and movements need to be recognized as sports. There is an off-season, an in-season, practice, and competition just like any other sport. Olympic Weightlifting is in the Olympics, and powerlifting is the foundation to every off-season training.

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Also competing at the Westchester Powerlifting Championship was Atlanta’s Reyna Rochin, a former collegiate volleyball player and currently pursuing her graduate studies in art at the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design. Reyna is also a personal trainer holding professional certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine in Personal Training, Fitness and Nutrition, and Corrective Exercise. We had three questions for Reyna, the first focusing on her matching socks and tattoos. MSM: Love the socks!!! Care to share any insight as to why you chose these particular ones for the Westchester competition? Reyna: Ha ha. Yes, there is a reason. I have two tattoos on my chest and left arm that are from Sailor Moon a 90’s Japanese anime most girls born in the 80’s/90’s are obsessed with. My boyfriend bought me those socks specifically for a powerlifting competition last year and now it’s only fitting to match them to my tattoos at future powerlifting meets! MSM: As a certified NASM personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, and fitness nutrition specialist, are there any specific recommendations that you would give to those looking to improve their powerlifting performance? Reyna: Oh man. That’s tough. haha Well, #1 would be form over weight, at least for a beginner or intermediate. I received a back injury myself from not developing my squat and deadlift form properly. #2, eat to perform. It doesn’t matter if you’re cutting, maintaining, or gaining, the majority of your carbs should be before and after your training. Eat protein to recover, and healthy fats to regulate hormones. Do yourself a service and pay attention to nutrition. #3, ask a LOT of questions and don’t settle for “it’s always been 28 | July - August 2016

that way.” Half of my job is putting human bodies back to normal working order because they believed their body was designed to ache that way. No! Do some research, ask a professional, and figure out what you can do to make sure you’re not suffering from any chronic pain. MSM: Any comments about the Westchester Championships, the level of competition, or the host facility Athletes Warehouse? Reyna: The Westchester meet was a beautiful ran and smooth meet. The facility was great too, in that there was enough space for everyone to lift and watch and that warm up area was even better! I’ve always been smushed by the other lifters to try to get on the 1 or 2 racks they’ll have available in a warm up room. Per usual for powerlifting competitions, I was very flattered by the amount of positive reactions and support I received from a bunch of people I didn’t know! It was great.

Above and Facing Page: Reyna Rochin performing her Deadlift.

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Powerlifting on the Beach Guest judges, organizers and athletes transformed Greenwich Point into a weightlifting arena at the first annual Dave Theis Bench Press Competition. Sponsored by the Greenwich YMCA, the event raised $1000 for the Dave Theis Scholarship Fund. Spectators witnessed an exciting demonstration of strength by male and female lifters alike. The highlights of the day were UConn student, Alyssa Cooke, from Glastonbury who took first in the woman’s division and Bobby Darula, a former professional baseball player and now a teacher at Hamilton Avenue School, who easily lifted 305 pounds which earned him “best lifter” status. Other lifters from Greenwich included Raw Powerlifters, Brendan Micik (198 lb class) and Ricky Riscica (225 lb class). The surprise guest judges were former CT. Powerlifters, Gordon Beinstein, Principal of Western Middle School, Paul O’Gorman, retired Greenwich Police Officer and Joe Fuscaldo who is one of this year’s recipients of the CT. Powerlifting Hall of Fame. The statistician and side official was former CT. Powerlifting great, Skip Shafer from Stamford. Meet directors and Connecticut Powerlifting Hall of Fame members, Jim and Dave Micik praised the efforts of all who attended and stated that ,” This is a great tribute to Dave Theis, our Second Photo at right: Twenty-year old, Alyssa Cooke from Glastonbury poses in front of the bench at the Dave Theis Memorial Bench Press Competition at Greenwich Point. She took first place in the women’s division. Alyssa has only been lifting for a year and is a student at UConn, Storrs majoring in sports nutrition.

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Selectman in Greenwich who was a weightlifting enthusiast and staunch supporter of the great sport of Powerlifting. We dedicated this event to Dave for his many contributions to our community and his support for all athletes. Dave lifted with us at the Greenwich Y for many decades and was the MC for our bench meets on the beach in the 1980’s. He truly was a friend of us all and he will always be remembered”. Special thanks to Kerrin Coyle, Paul O’Gorman, Tony Longo, Gene Martine, Jay Higgins of Cross Fit, Brian Bucci, The Greenwich YMCA and Greenwich Parks and Recreation.

Toss Daddy Olympic Weightlifting


thletes Warehouse in Pleasantville NY along with the Westchester Barbell Coalition hosted the 2nd Annual Toss Daddy Olympic Weightlifting Competition on June 12th under the auspices of the Metropolitan Weightlifting Committee. As with all Olympic Weightlifting events, athletes in the 2016 Toss Daddy competed in two lifts, the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. Competitors were scored on their highest weight of three attempts in each of the two techniques. Rank was awarded based on the highest total in each Division with Divisions being separated by gender, age and body weight. In the Snatch, athletes lift the weight in one continuous fluid movement, from its position on the ground to its position over the head with arms locked. The Clean and Jerk requires two separate motions, the Clean in which the athlete moves the weight from the floor to the shoulders, and the Jerk which advances the weight to the overhead position. Unlike Powerlifting’s Deadlift, Squat, and Bench Press, what is impressive in the two Olympic Weightlifting events is the fact that lifters actually launch themselves off the ground while in possession of the incredibly heavy weights they are moving.

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Among the first place winners in their respective divisions were brothers, Andrew and Cody Wilbur lifting with the Lost Battalion Hall of the NYC Department of Parks (LBH). The highest Sinclair score of the meet, 305, was achieved by Marc Marquez. Above: Brian Degennero of CrossFit NYC, winner of the men’s senior 77kg weight class. Next Pages: Toss Daddy competitors Jashua Shin of East Goast Gold Weightlifting Team (p 32) and Sosara Ma of the Long Island Weightlifting Club (p 33) launching themselves off the ground while performinng the drive phase of the split jerk.

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Facing Page Top: Ryan Erasmus of CrossFit Hoboken Facing Page Bottom: Vincent Crupi of Staten Island’s Lost Boro Barbell Club This Page: Marina Kern of the host Westchester Barbell Coalition

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Above: Vincent Crupi, Brian Degennaro and Raymond Roldan,

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Below: Brothers Cody and Andrew Wilbur

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Photo: Viviana Podhaiski Above: Anthony Aviles, Westchester Barbell Coalition Below Left:Andy Marrero, Westchester Barbell Coalition. Below Right: Katherine Mcdevitt, Long Island Weightlifting Club

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MetroSports Athlete of the Month

MetroSports Magazine has selected Former Iraq war veteran, U.S. Marine, and NYPD Sargent Mark Sinatra as our Athlete of the Month for July 2016. Sinatra captured the NYPD Superheavyweight Championship title at the June 9th NYPD Boxing Championships at Madison Square Garden and, followed-up his win by giving his championship belt to young boy outside the Garden

New York City Department of Correction Officer Patrina Hall-Madry, winner of her first fight as a member of New York’s Boldest Boxing, has been selected at MetroSports Magazine’s Athlete of the Month for August 2016. Prior to taking up the “sweet science” for the NYCD, Hall-Madry racked up some impressive distance running statistics, completing the 2016 Lincoln Tunnel 5K in under 25 minutes.

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The Coach’s Corner

Why Stretching Before Exercise May Be Harming Your Performance

For decades, stretching was one of the golden rules for exercise. Depending on your workout, one would stretch their designated muscle group in a series of pulling motions for short periods of time. This would ensure that your body was ready for its exercise, as stretching would “warm up” the muscles. While this was and may still be a common practice, recent trends suggest that traditional “static stretching” may actually be harmful to one’s workout. There are two types of stretching: Static stretching and Dynamic stretching. Static stretching is the traditional form of stretching, in which you go through a series of pulling motions to engage and warm up a muscle or group of muscles. Then there is dynamic stretching, an active form of stretching in which you go through motions similar to those of the exercises you will be doing. Health and Fitness experts at Boston University noted that while static stretching improves flexibility, it actually takes blood out of the muscle and thus makes the muscle and joints cold, in turn allowing the muscles to be prone to injury. Meanwhile, dynamic stretching puts one through different ranges of motion that would be directly applicable to one’s workout, which in turn brings blood into the muscle and makes it warm. Dynamic stretching can be exampled as doing lunges and bodyweight squats prior to sprinting or doing pushups prior to chest workout. With traditional static stretching being questioned, we wonder what does science have to say about it? A study done by the School of Kinesiology at the University of Zagreb in Croatia looked at over 100 subjects, and found that static

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stretching reduced muscular strength by 5.5%, muscular power by 2%, and explosive muscular performance by 3%. Ultimately, the researchers concluded that “…the usage of SS (static stretching) as the sole activity during warm-up routine should generally be avoided.” This study was then published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and later backed by the American College of Sports Medicine, in which it was concluded that static stretching may damage one’s muscles and tendons. With this newfound argument against static stretching, it’s unfair to completely abandon the practice. Static stretching has been shown to improve flexibility and elongate muscles. In endurance workouts such as running, cycling, or any other prolonged cardiovascular exercise, an elongated muscle can contribute to greater endurance, thus static stretching may prove beneficial in these scenarios. Also, following a strength training workout, it is important to incorporate static stretching to maintain flexibility and stretch the muscles that were just worked out. Where static stretching becomes dangerous is prior to strength training or explosive style workouts, such as those that many athletes engage in. As mentioned above, static stretching before these can contribute to muscle and tendon damage and make an individual prone to injury. With everyone having certain health and fitness goals, it’s imperative that we go about exercise the right way, as its main purpose is to keep us healthy and prolong our lives. Depending on your exercise, choose the appropriate stretching and warm up for an awesome workout!

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Sports Photo Tip of the Month Composition Matters

The elements of good composition, applicable to areas of general photography, hold true for sports photography as well. The most compelling sports photographs are those that highlight an element of action with a minimum of confusing background clutter. As photographer, author and Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon is fond of saying, “The name of the game is to fill the frame”. Your final image should be comprised mostly of your main subject, not lots of empty space or background. While some of this can be achieved by cropping in post-processing, cropping down too much can reduce the resolution of your final image and result in less than optimal results. It is better to try and fill the frame with your main subject while composing the image in your camera. Another common way to achieve separation of your main subject from the background by using a large aperture (small f/stop number), creating

depth of field that will help throw the background out of focus. Both techniques were used to make the image below, shot a West Point Army women’s rugby game. The placement of the main subject within the frame of your photograph can also enhance the look of your final image. Placement of your main subject in accordance with the rule of thirds can help contribute to an aesthetically pleasing photograph.

Above: This image has been composed with the players arranged so they are situated along the rule-of-thirds lines. Leftt: Image taken with a 200 mm telephoto lens filling the frame with game action. The lens was set to its widest aperture setting, f/2.8, ensuring that the background was rendered slightly out-of-focus.

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