LeFavi, Biodynamics Center featured in the Washington Post

(July 24, 2014) – Dr. Robert LeFavi, a Health Sciences professor at Armstrong, was recently featured in The Washington Post for his cutting-edge research on C.J. Cummings, a 14-year-old weightlifter from Beaufort , S.C. who is attracting international attention for his remarkable strength.

Intrigued by Cummings' story, LeFavi studied Cummings' lifts earlier this year at Armstrong's Biodynamics and Human Performance Lab Center, a multi-disciplinary center designed to support Armstrong's focus on education, research and public service.
“With 10 high-speed cameras zeroed in on Cummings and motion sensors attached to his body, LeFavi and his team examined his technique, trajectory and power,” the article explains. “After studying the few photos in which the camera was fast enough to catch up with Cummings and the bar, LeFavi presented his findings to a packed room of coaches in June at the National Youth Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla.”

LeFavi offers insight into what makes C.J. Cummings such a exceptional weightlifter, from a physiological perspective, but admits that this 14-year-old phenom is, quite literally, in class of his own.

“Everybody wanted to know how they could get a C.J. Cummings,” LeFavi says in the Washington Post article. “But from a structural and physiologically standpoint, we can't explain how he can withstand that much power and weight at his age. And it'd be incorrect to say he's an anomaly or rarity because that would suggest there's someone else like him, and there's not.”

LeFavi originally joined Armstrong in 1993 and is one of fewer than 75 Senior National level coaches in the country for USA Weightlifting. He has a Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance from Auburn University, a D.Min. from the University of the South, an M.Div. from Erskine Theological Seminary, an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University and a B.S. in Health Education from the University of Florida.

Read the Washington Post article.