This coming Saturday, May 6, Bruce Derosier will be running the New England Record Breakers meet, which is an all-RAW Powerlifting competition along with other scheduled events and competitions. He has gone to great lengths to make this a huge event with some big name lifters. That is why I find it very disheartening, in this age of powerlifting, that a certain equipment company, not to mention any namesâ€¦. Inzer Advance Designsâ€¦would find it necessary to call lifters scheduled to compete in this meet and tell them not to compete over wise they would pull their equipment sponsorship. Does John Inzer not have better things to worry about than whether a lifter, that his company sponsors, competes in an raw meet or not. What is John worried about? I also understand that Mike Lambert, owner and editor of PLUSA, was told not to appear at this meet or do any write ups on this meet, otherwise John Inzer would pull all his advertising from Mikeâ€™s magazine. Again, John what are you worried about? John Inzer is now trying to control what competitions a lifter can compete in or not. Lifters should have the free right to compete in any competition, raw, single-ply, double-ply, whatever they chose, no matter whether they are sponsored or not. This smell a lot like an old lawsuit made by Ernie Franz against the IPF. Ernie suited the IPF basically because they suspended some IPF female lifter who competing in another federation that the IPF did not approve of. The funny part about this is John Inzer took over that lawsuit, from Ernie, years ago and settled it. How ironic that John Inzer is now doing to lifters what the IPF did to lifters years ago. Have we not progress beyond this yet. Inzer Advance Design is not the only equipment company around that sponsor lifters. I am sure Titan or Metal or any of the other equipment makers out there would be more than happy to sponsor lifters like Andy Bolton, who had to back out of this meet thanks to John Inzerâ€™s phone call. An to say you are going to pull all your advertisement from the only real powerlifting magazine out there is just shear stupidity. That would harm Inzer more than it would PLUSA. I hope Mike Lambert does come to this meet and does a complete write up on it. John may have stop some lifters from competing in this competition, but he will not stop this type of competition, RAW or not, from growing and progressing in this sport. I am probable going to stir up a little sh_t with this, but I want to make one thing clear, this is not a personal attack against John Inzer, his company or his equipment. I have used Inzerâ€™s equipment for years. This is just one lifter; voicing his opinion on a situation regarding any competitorâ€™s ability to freely chose any and all competitions he or she wishes to compete in. I just think he is wrong in what he has done. No that person or company should have the right to dictate what a lifter can or cannot do, no matter whether they are sponsored or not. We need to support all aspects of our sport and not try, in any means, to halt our sports ability to progress in any direction.
John Inzer is Wrong!!!
Ted J. Isabella writes at the USPF Forum: