2014 Powerlifting Gym Of The Year

The Cage: On the Other Side #3

In the third episode of "On the Other Side", a behind-the-scenes examination of the phenomena known as "The Cage," we meet pro powerlifter and benching marvel Jeremy Hoornstra, who talks about his otherworldly pressing ability, and his quest to be the best ever, all while sharing the company of his Animal brethren in room 636.

***** Attention Connecticut Powerlifters *****

On April 25, 2015, the 2015 Connecticut Ironman Push/Pull Showdown will be held at the Metal Health Gym in Wallingford, CT. The meet will have push/pull, bench only, and deadlift only divisions along division crossovers. For more details, go to www.ipapower.com or the meet database at Powerliftingwatch.com. The meet promoter is Jay Piccirillo and he can be contacted at 203-650-8526 or jayice712@aol.com.

Good luck and go heavy!!

Kevin OAK (220) RUM 8 Training

After a lower back strain 6 weeks out training weights were dropped drastically
but I managed to increase weights enough
and peak just in time for the big show.

Brian Hopper | RUM8: Meet Prep | Week 7

Here is video of PRS athlete, Brian Hopper finishing up
his last week of meet prep for Raw Unity 8.
He will be competing at 242 on Saturday

Brian Cain XPC prep 960 squat@213

Preparing for the XPC in 5 weeks. I'll be competing in the 198 class looking to take a shot at a 1000 lb squat. Here I worked up to 960. A little more depth and it should be good. Attempted 1010 but got forward on the descent and had to bail.


This is a reminder that the N.A.S.A. Natural Nationals are coming up February 14th and 15th at the Wyndham Garden Hotel,2101 S. Meridian,(405-685-4000), Oklahoma City, OK. The hotel is 1/2 mile from the Will Rogers Airport.

Late fees start February 6th.

Georgian powerlifter suspended for four years

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that Georgian powerlifter Iago Gorgodze has been suspended for four years and fined EUR 1,500 for an Anti-Doping Rule violation.

Gorgodze returned an adverse analytical finding for two substances: oxandrolone metabolite 18-Nor-Oxandrolon and stanozolol metabolite stanozolol-N-glucuronide in a urine sample provided on 18 September 2014 following an out-of-competition test. These substances are included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2014 Prohibited List under the category S1.1A Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) and are prohibited at all times, both in and out of competition.

Carl Yngvar Christensen is nominated as IWGA "Athlete of the Year"

Carl Yngvar Christensen is nominated as IWGA "Athlete of the Year" for his monster performance at IPF Open Worlds in Denver this past November. One person can vote once every day – so please be active to vote for Carl Yngvar Christensen as the “IWGA Athlete of the Year”.
There are only three days left to vote. Vote every day and repost this link.


Here is the final roster update for RUM VIII. It appears to be a very highly contested contest as it has always been in the past.

Men Bench Only:
181/87.5 Bradley McKlure
198/90 Benjamin Williams
220/100 Mark Chieco
220/100 Eric Downey
220/100 Scott Simonson

2015 Sponsorship Contest Winners

LiftingLarge.com is proud to announce the winners our 2015 sponsorship contest.
We received over 1000 entries. It was hard to pick from the winners many deserving strength athletes.
Thank you to everyone that took the time to enter.
We are proud to welcome these athletes to the LiftingLarge.com family

Matt Phelps 525lbs bench with feet up @ 240

Recent training video of Matt Phelps preparing for Roger Baker USPA meet in kennewick next month, performing a 525lbs bench press with feet up, to help build power out out of the hole.
525 lbs bench press with feet up:


Here's a year in review of the meets and footage leading up to the
700 lbs raw bench attempt at
The LA Fit Expo next month

2015 APF Raw Nationals Entry Now Available

The meet flyer, paper entry,
and online entry for the 2015 APF Raw Nationals Presented by Michigan APF are now available on the the Raw Nationals website: http://apfnationals.michiganapf.com/

Yarnell Marks Back in Action

After pulling groin in June of 2014, Yarnell "BigBeast" Marks made his return to the platform. I'm what was a mediocre showing it was a decent start to 2015 season. Marks wrapped up squats with a 6lb pr (w/o wraps) of 529lbs. Missed 562lbs by inches.....it was so close the call could hve went either way. With a bench of 351lbs & deadlift of 551lbs Marks ended up with a 1,432lbs total and first place finish in 198 Raw Open & Sub Masters. Ther is no time to dwell on this meet because Marks will be back in action Feb 28 for USPA Lifting For A Miracle in Northport Al.