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.

2014 Powerlifting Gym Of The Year

Fair Haven Fitness- 11 Team Members this year earned pro totals, 20 nationally ranked lifters, Hosts 4 meets a year
4% (200 votes)
Olympic Gym of San Antonio- Currently has 8 Elite Lifters, 2 IPF Competitors/ Champions
1% (55 votes)
Gaglione Strength- Currently has 19 nationally ranked lifters, 6 members going to RUM , Hosted 2 meets
20% (949 votes)
Gym Warriors-7 Elite lifters, World champion, Hosted 9 contests in 2014
2% (98 votes)
Hercules Gym- 6 Elite lifters, World Champion
1% (54 votes)
EliteFTS-4 Elite lifters, World Champion
2% (106 votes)
BIG Iron Compound- 15 Nationally Ranked lifters, 2 World Champions
2% (90 votes)
PacificoPower Systems- 5 Elite lifters, World Record holder, 2 All Time Top 20 lifters
10% (468 votes)
Westside Barbell- Multiple Lifters on Various All Time rankings
6% (258 votes)
Skiba's Gym- Guest Seminars with world leading lifters, Produced Elite and Nationally ranked lifters
5% (224 votes)
Strong Gym- 2013 Gym of the Year, 65 500lb deadlifters, 17 700lb deadlifters, hosts 6 meets annually
23% (1059 votes)
Super Training Gym- Home to many elite lifters, holds several contests a year, active in informative lifting news
7% (308 votes)
Impact Elite Gym- 4 elite lifters, 2000 and 2100 total, 20 member team comprised of 1-20 years of experience
1% (54 votes)
22nd Street Barbell-Four top 5 ranked lifters, 10 elite level lifters, 4 All time top 20 lifters.
16% (720 votes)
Total votes: 4643

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 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 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:

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 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.

Brandon Allen - 2015 American Cup Deadlift Opener

Check out Performax Labs sponsored athlete Brandon Allen, as he takes us through his last
deadlift workout before the American Cup held at the 2015 Fit Expo in Los
Angeles. Brandon is shooting for a 750lb deadlift and a 2100 total in the raw
classic 308s.

Jeremy Hoornstra bench tutorial video

J-HO. Skiba's Gym. Bench. It's a good day when all three come together in this new feature video from Animal. World-record holding raw bench presser in two weight classes (242 and 275), Jeremy Hoornstra goes through his bench workout and sheds some light on what he does, why he does it and what he's all about.