Welcome to the official podcast of the United States Powerlifting Association. Get up-to-date with information on meets, rules, and other important news. Hear from amazing powerlifters, meet directors, gym affiliates, executive members of the federation, and many others. Come “Experience the Difference!” 

Podcast host:
Andy Huang
125KG USPA Powerlifter


Episode #1:
Steve Denison

March 12, 2018

Welcome to the very first episode of Platform Ready, the official podcast of the United States Powerlifting Association. We have with us the President of the USPA, Steve Denison. Steve talks about how the organization started, and about all the passionate hard working team he has around him that helped make USPA one of the biggest Powerlifting organizations in the world!

Episode #2:
Susan Salazar

March 26, 2018

On episode #2, we have Susan Salazar and Leonetta Richardson. Susan is one of the strongest powerlifters of all time. She is a pioneer for female powerlifters, a gym owner, coach, and a USPA National Referee. Leonetta is Susan’s training partner, coach, and friend. She has influenced and introduced Susan into the sport of powerlifting. 
Tune it to find out more about Susan’s history, what drives her, and how she gives back to the sport.

Episode #3:
Dave Tate

April 3, 2018

On episode #3, we have Dave Tate, Founder and CEO of EliteFTS. Dave has been involved in powerlifting for over 30 years as a coach, lifter, consultant, and business owner. Dave also has written over 20 books and over 500 articles related to the sport. His website www.elitefts.com is one of the industry’s leading brands for fitness and strength equipment, as well as a database of free articles and videos for athletes across the board. Listen to hear how he started EliteFTS, a dive into his competitive history, and some advice for the intermediate and elite lifters.

Episode #4:
Gracie Davis

April 16, 2018

On episode #4 of Platform Ready, we have Gracie Davis. She is a former Elite Powerlifter, USPA Meet Director, USPA State Referee, a Gym Owner, and a Coach. She is the creator of the Kern US Open which is the world’s largest payout meet in the history of powerlifting with $250,000 in cash prizes. Get to know more about Gracie and her powerlifting journey as well as how the US Open came about.

Episode #5:
Chakera Holcomb

April 24, 2018

On episode #5 of Platform Ready, we continue with Part 2 of our U.S. Open series with guest, Chakera (C.C.) Holcomb. C.C. has improved leaps and bounds since last years U.S. Open, making her one of the top contenders for this year’s Open. Learn how she juggles between school, operating and owning a gym and hosting meets, while preparing for the biggest powerlifting competition of her life.

Episode #6:
Joe sullivan

April 27, 2018

On episode #6 of Platform Ready, we continue with Part 3 of our U.S. Open series with our guest, Joe Sullivan. Joe placed 2nd at the U.S. Open last year in a close battle with Yuri Belkin. Hear from Joe as he discusses what he’s doing differently to win 1st this year and who his toughest opponents will be. He also talks about his tough childhood and all he has overcome, and how much he enjoys lifting and being a coach.

Episode #7:
Stacy Burr

May 3, 2018

On episode #7 of Platform Ready, we continue with Part 4 of our U.S. Open series with our guest, Stacy Burr. Stacy placed 2nd at the U.S. Open last year in dramatic fashion, where she grinded out a big deadlift PR to come from behind and secure 2nd place. Since that day, she has been 100% focused and obsessed with only one goal for this year’s Open, first place. Find out how Stacy got started in the sport, what motivates her, and what kind of mindset it takes to be a world class lifter.

Episode #8:
Brandon Allen

May 8, 2018

On episode #8 of Platform Ready, we finish the U.S. Open series with our guest, Brandon Allen. Find out how Brandon got into the sport, how his training is structured, and how he coaches and operates his gym in Las Vegas. We also cover how he has battled back from multiple injuries and is now in a position to win his weight class at the U.S. Open. 

Episode #9:
Arkady Unterliedner

June 5, 2018

On episode #9 of Platform Ready, we focus on the perspective of a lifter competing for the first time. We interview Arkady Unterliedner, who recently competed at her first meet. She shares her experience of the competition and how it differed from what she thought going into it. Andy Huang also gives some advice on when and why new lifters should compete.

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