Those that read my column – both of you – will remember that I met Rich in 1985. I returned to New Mexico from central Illinois looking for a meet. Rich had posted a meet in Powerlifting USA 4 months ahead in Lubbock, Texas. I wrote him and asked him about the meet. I let him know I had recruited about 6 more lifters. I received word via an entry form one month later. He moved the meet to Carlsbad, NM! I called, introduced myself, and asked if he was crazy. Well, jump ahead: Carlsbad hosted the next 3 USPF State championships. I became chair and things progressed.
Rich brought powerlifting to New Mexico. Rich brought powerlifting to Arizona. Rich brought powerlifting to (fill in the blank). He loads the truck most every weekend and travels to us.
Do me a favor, go to powerliftingwatch.com and tell me how many meets are in your area? And how many of these meets are put together by gym owners turned meets promoters?
This should be a value decision on your part. If you do NOT value: drug free lifting; firm, fair and honest judging; consistent meet format; and proximity to home – then NASA isn’t for you. It’s not for everyone. However, if you do value all four of those qualities, then why lift anywhere else?
Who else is consistently bringing those meets with those attributes to you?
Loyalty to a brand…in this case NASA….ensures that brand is sustainable. Remember Harley Davidson was lost to AMF for years until management bought them back and re-established the Harley mystique. Now, no LOYAL motorcycle enthusiast could imagine a world without Harley Davidson.
Ask yourself – if drug free, high quality meets close to home with outstanding awards is something you value – could you imagine a world without it? Then - why would you lift anywhere else?