Are These Guys Really Powerlifters?

Create: 12/04/2005 - 12:57
Like me, Tim Bruner over at Gibson Powerlifting has been watching the IPF Bench Worlds. He remarks:

do these guys look like a guy who lifts weights?? The lighter classes look like human coathangers and then when it starts to get into the heavier classes the guys look like fat slobs and NO ONE and I mean NO ONE looked like they lift weights! Geeeezzzz I am all for Big Macs and Wendy's but damn its not like the old days when a guy like Doug Young not only could bench 600 but looked it too!

Steve Denison sums up the feeling of many of the bigger lifters at least:

But many guys like him don't really give a shit how they look. They only want to be strong. Looking good is way down the list of priorities for alot of the Super heavyweight guys.

Others express the opinion that today's emphasis on training in gear takes away from the time needed to build muscle.

Comments

Submitted by admin on
Looks like a bodybuilder eh? I think a couple things tend to magnify what Tim was seeing. One is the size of the video and the distance from which it was taken, the other is the fact that bench shirts can hide a lifter's physique.

Submitted by Yeshua on
Another factor could be that this is the IPF bench words? Supposedly drug free. Tougher to look fit, carrying around a lot of bodyweight if not using the juice. Just a thought.

I'm glad to see that someone else has brought this issue up. The look of many powerlifters, in my opinion, is what keeps it where it is. In addition what does it do to someone's health? I've heard SHW's say that they need to put on more weight (if they've just got done cutting) so that their squat goes up. Any how I'm glad to see what someone has brought this up. I for one would like to look like I lift weights and there are a few out there, but there needs to be more of them.

Submitted by Yeshua on
Ok, I have heard this stuff for as long as I have been involved in the sport, 3 years. People keep saying IPF is not drug free. They test, in and out of meets. How are they not drug free? USAPL is not drug free? There is some proof of this? There is some secret steroid that allows one to pass a test? I just keep seeing this, and I don't see the proof.

Submitted by admin on
Certainly many of the 308's and superheavyweight lifters do have extra fat on them. How that may effect there health is problematic. However, as Steve says they don't really give a damn about how they look aesthetically. They just want to be strong. Many of the lifters in the lighter classes - all the way up to the 220's - sport pretty low bodyfat. That's an interesting idea that the public expects to see a bodybuilder type when watching powerlifting.

Submitted by admin on
Yeshua, the IPF/USAPL has one of the most stringest drug policies in powerlifting. With that said, they don't test for all performance enhancing drugs. Either there isn't a test to detect certain drugs or they don't even know about those drugs yet. Additonally, lifters use masking agents to fool the tests. Also, cycling drug usage allows for certain drugs to be used during training but not be in the system come meet time.

Submitted by Yeshua on
Seems kind of goofy to spend money, time, and effort to cheat in a sport where there is no money, (at least not in the IPF.) I knew there had to be folks that cheated the system, there are a few positives every year, but I really never thought any of the big names in the USAPL really did this stuff. The IPF is different, but the USAPL I know a little from watching some of the big names lift.

Submitted by admin on
Some people want to win so badly they will do whatever it takes to do so - money or no money. I'm not saying that all or even most USAPL competitors use banned performance enhancing drugs. I'm just suggesting that you shouldn't discount the possibility that some are. A stringent drug policy does not mean the federation is clean.