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When successful coaches and athletes talk about failure: Read carefully

*sources: Elitefts.com and Powerrackstrength.com

Recent articles have featured two well known and successful athletes and coaches writing about their own injuries, failures and mistakes.

It is almost cliché to say failure is a better teacher than success. When people who have the tools to analyse both - failure and success - share their experience, that is something worth paying attention to.

Dave Theis Benefit Bench Meet



October 17, 2015, Greenwich,CT

Dave Theis was the Second Selectman in Greenwich, Connecticut and had served our

Powerlifting and the war and sacrifice metaphors

Why do you lift weights? Most people will offer a variety of reasons, but on the internet we have hordes of warriors, gladiators, beasts and heroes. Training is depicted as an act of stoicism, competition is a battle, diet is supreme sacrifice and pain is a sign of commitment to an obscure notion of belonging to a special caste of soldiers.

Mike Bingham benches 650 at the RPS/XPC Bench Freakshow

At age 50, Mike Bingham benches 650 at the RPS/XPC Boardwalk Brawl Bench Freakshow
in Atlantic City, NJ at a body weight of 179 lbs
and qualifies for the MHP XPC Bench Bash at the Arnold.

Mexico’s Amalia Perez sets world record at Toronto 2015

*from IPC Powerlifting

The world and Paralympic champion registered 133kg at the Parapan American Games as Mexico won five out of nine medals.

Mexico’s Amalia Perez was the star of the show on Monday (10 August), the third day of powerlifting at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games breaking her own world record to top the podium.

Lift for Kids’ Sake: lessons from a charity meet

Doug Williams, a powerlifter and licensed nurse from Brockville, Ontario, talked to us about the “Lift for Kids’ Sake” initiative. “Lift for Kids’ Sake” is a charitable powerlifting event whose proceeds go to Big Brothers and Sisters of Leeds & Grenville ( http://www.mentoringmatters.ca/en/Home/aboutus/contactus.aspx ). In its third version, that took place on August 10, Williams decided to expand the event’s basis, involving more organizations and members of the strength community. He was successful: this year’s event raised $3,100.00, more than twice raised before, had twice the number of registered lifters and, as an outdoors activity, involved a big crowd.

Jeremy Hamiliton 220 Record Total - & Interview

"Were all just doing our best Ed Coan Impression"
Jeremy Hamilton being interviewed by Chris Duffin in regards to meet lifts and training as well as his great performance in taking the new all time world record total at 220 wrapped.

How the Mighty Fall: Pride Comes First

by Swede Cory Burns @ Elitefts.com

Some of you know that I needed to have an emergency surgery on my spine about 16 months ago, because I was suddenly unable to stand or walk. You might also know that only 10 months later, I competed at RUM (albeit bench only) and hit within 20 pounds of my lifetime meet PR.

What you are less likely to know are the specifics, like what took place between the OR and my return to the platform, or the fact that I have permanent nerve damage and haven't had feeling in my right foot, except for the occasional bout of debilitating nerve pain, in almost two years.

Bobby Morgan Preps For Master Record

In just a few weeks USPA National Judge and Raw competitor Bobby Morgan will be lifting in Houston Texas attempting to break the USPA Masters over 40 full meet Bench record of 392! He's also looking to up his total to the mid to upper 1400s at 165! In this training session he nails 370 for 3 reps!

With a bodyweight of 163lbs and a deadlift of 628lbs: meet Luis Bermejo from Colombia

Luis Bermejo, 35 years old, a business manager from Colombia is today one of the Continent's greatest powerlifting talents. On August the 20th, at 163lbs bodyweight, Bermejo lifted 628lbs while in preparation for the GPA Worlds. He comes from under the bars of coach Saul Salazar, well known for producing a strong breed of South American powerlifters.


The road to a 700 raw bench continues. The incline has become a great tool of mine to measure explosiveness of the chest. As a measure I was able to do a clean 620 a week or two out before I missed 705 raw at the LA FIT EXPO.. HOPEFULLY THIS IS A GREAT INDICATOR OF THINGS TO COME THIS OCTOBER AT USPA METROFLEX..... HERES THE CLIP 650 RAW INCLINE IN TRAINING.

Into the mind of the coach

by Marilia Coutinho

This is a series of interviews that some friends who are great coaches agreed to answer. My objective was to explore the personal aspects of each of these people’s lives that made them what they are: good coaches. That includes their childhood experiences and influences, the people they admired, and chance. Chance plays a big role in everyone’s life. They are no exception. So how did chance and these factors combine to make them what they are? What do they actually think of their profession? In what ways the things they learned on their journey can help other coaches? What can learning about the fascinating profession of coaching help people in general feel more inclined to engage in regular physical activity and sports? How can all this help athletes better appreciate their coach’s advice and plans?

Boss of Bosses 2 Highlights by Juggernaut Training Systems

During the past two days a great part of the powerlifting community had their eyes on the streamline transmitting "Boss of Bosses 2", a world level meet organized by Dan and Sparkle Green under the USPA flag.

Check the highlights compiled by Juggernaut Training Systems:

Andrew Petti hits Top Ten Total at 148 Raw with Wraps

Newcomer light weight Andrew Petti of team Gaglione Strength entered 2nd meet in the raw with wraps 148 class improved his national ranking to break into the Top 10 at the RPS Boardwalk Brawl this past weekend!

He hit a massive 75 lb total PR with a 500 squat 285 bench and 500 deadlift. He just missed a 520 squat which would have put him on the All time rankings for the squat. We know the best is yet to come for Andy! Congrats on a great performance!

Phraner wins the XPC/RPS Benchpress Freakshow Overall

Jim Phraner headed to Atlantic City, NJ for XPC/RPS Benchpress Freakshow. This was a multiply meet, but he brought his Single Ply Overkill. He weighed in at 239.0lbs. After hitting his opening attempt of 755lbs, he moved to 780lbs, and made quick work of that. His 3rd attempt, at 800lbs was just missed at the lockout. It was a good weekend for Team Overkill, finishing 1,2,3.