WEDNESDAY – Meet preparation/Strategy of the week : Ernie Lilliebridge Sr, Jayne Vocke, David Gratton and Jimmie Pacifico

Today we post videos and comments about meet preparation or training strategy. Training sessions are not random: they follow a logic, whether it is a meet preparation, a recovery period or rehab.


Ernie Lilliebridge Sr. - 5-1-16 - Heavy Squat Day

"After training others that had to leave, it was down to just the 3 of us.
The "Original Crew", just me and my sons!
And just like "Old Times", we got down to business!

Some more assistance work for the week: Lance Hickey, Luigi Fagiani, David LaMartina and Matt Wenning‎

Assistance work includes all the exercises in a routine that are not the specific powerlift in full range of motion and done in competitive setting (just the rack or bench, no bands, chains, etc). Assistance work “assists” the lift’s improvement according to the coach/athlete’s goals.

Lance Hickey

605 pause squat after my set of six.

Andrey Malanichev 1,058 Squat!!!!

New all time record from Andrey Malanichev ! Taken from Boris Shieko Official
Updated with new footage from AndreyMJ

Squat 480kg/1058 lbs (knee wraps only)

Andrey competed at the Asian Powerlifting Championships by WRPF in Almaty Kazakhstan
squat 480kg/1058 lbs (knee wraps only)
bench press 230kg/507 lbs raw (Andrey has recently got serious chest injury)
deadlift 405 kg/892 lbs raw

More "Panttila Power Talk" from past meets

Gary Panttila is providing rich information through the interviews he does with members of the community during meets. Check out two recent ones:

Tony Montgomery Jr

"I had the opportunity to interview Tony Montgomery Jr and was thoroughly impressed with his knowledge and insight as a lifter and coach. Tony is one of the best 242lb and 220lb powerlifters in the world. Tony is also a great coach."

TUESDAY – Assistance work of the week: Tee Cummins, Ken Gack, Justin Bethune and Amir Sapir

Assistance work includes all the exercises in a routine that are not the specific powerlift in full range of motion and done in competitive setting (just the rack or bench, no bands, chains, etc). Assistance work “assists” the lift’s improvement according to the coach/athlete’s goals.

TUESDAY – More meet results of the weekend: Brett Benedix, Trevor Jaffe, BJ Whitehead, Tim Wardle and Dane Dillon

It was a pretty awesome weekend, so we will probably have meet results flowing in for a couple of days. Here we go:

Brett Benedix - 2016 USPA Europa Powerlifting Championship
Europa Games 2016 - USPA - 606 Squat, 308 Bench, 551 Deadlift, 1465 total. 9.89 bodyweight. Weighed in at 148.0. First Place Open Men Single Ply

MONDAY – meet results of the weekend #3: Port St. Lucie Powerlifting team’s results

Not only Port St. Lucie Powerlifting team’s coach,
Matt Levine, was best lifter at the single ply division,
but members of his team obtained great results. Here are some videos from the team:

MONDAY – meet results of the weekend #2: Richard Ficca, David Isenberg, Marty Killion, Ken Anderson, Jake Benedix and more

Richard Ficca

@jailhousestrong and I have been getting great results this training cycle. It's not the smartest thing to do a meet on two weeks notice while running a big meet like Europa, luckily I'm not that smart so we did. As meet director, I think (hope) the athletes enjoyed it and as an athlete I was able to hit 617 for a PR

MONDAY – meet results of the weekend #1: Europa 1 – Richard Ficca’s acknowledgements and best lifters

The 2016 USPA Orlando Europa Powerlifting Championship took place between Friday and Sunday (April 29-30) at the Orange County Convention Center. With a three day lifting schedule, raw and equipped lifters and prize money, this has been one of the big meets of the year.

* By Richard Ficca, meet organizer

Thank you to all the athletes and attendees who helped make Europa special this past weekend. The venue had a buzz that was undeniable. Thank you to Complete Human Performance LLC,,NFE, Savage Villoch Law, PLLC,, & Barbara Hennessywith Real Time Pain Relief for their generous support of our sport and our athletes.

Nicole Gonzalez 1,058 @ 132!

Nicole Gonzalez has had an amazing and fast rising lifting career thus far! She has steadily gone from 766 in 2013 to her recent performance of 186 kg, 97.5 kg and 197.5 kg lifts to total 481 kg! (410, 214, 435, 1,058 pounds) She made these lifts at the USPA Texas State Championships. She took 186 kg in the squat to break the current American record of 407 by Susan Salazar. She is also with in spitting distance of Susan's American record 1,107 total.. but, will she go 132 again? Rumor has it Nicole may go up in weight!! We shall see what she does soon enough...

16 yr Old Ian Veliz APA Performance

Ian Veliz 16yrs and 111.2 pounds competed at the APA Raw nationals in the 114 weight class with no wraps. This young lifter showed great potential by setting APA state and/or World records in each lift!
He was able to set records in each class with:

More videos from the IPL European Championship

And videos keep coming from the IPL European Championships held on April 22-24 in Moscow,
Check out the compilation and the videos:

Meet Micky Yule, the Paralympian Powerlifter

A powerhouse personality as well as a powerlifter, Micky Yule has overcome huge odds having lost both legs to an IED and pushed himself to become a Gold medal winner in the Invictus Games. The next stop is the Paralympics and Rio.


Here are some videos where Micky explains Paralympian powerlifting and his own story:

11 year old Landen Westbrook

Landen Westbrook competed at the APA raw nationals this past weekend she's 11 yrs old in the 132 weight class she ended the day with a 187.4 on squats an 88.2 bench and a 264.5 on deadlift. For a total of 540.2.
All three lifts and total are world records.
She also competed in the 132 womans open division where she finished 3rd.
Check out the footage below!

SATURDAY – good talks of the week: American Iron on "the Bench" and EliteFTS on "periodization"

American Iron Gym S1-E5

Podcast The Bench