Depression And Lifting

Create: 02/06/2006 - 08:35
The mother of an Elite Fitness member has recently passed away and he's been having a hard time. Specifically, he wonders what to do about lifting and asks:

it feels like i may have lost the drive to push myself hard enough. has anyone around here been through something like this and still did weight training or should i stop for longer until i can focus

USPF's Best May Compete Against NASA's

Create: 02/06/2006 - 08:11

News from NASA president, Rich Peters, that the USPF will likely field a team to compete against Team NASA at the NASA USA Nationals on June 17-18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Peters indicates that he is still trying to convince representatives from the AAU and AAPF to field teams. The team competition will be single ply and drug-tested.

Powerlifting Forums Wiped Out - UPDATE

Create: 02/05/2006 - 14:11

A number of powerlifting forums, including APF Outlaws and Gibson Powerlifting have completely been wiped out. All of the old threads have disappeared. Those forums use to host their boards. Hopefully, all of the old threads will return as there is so much useful information in them which others count on. Currently, those forums seem to at least allow new posting. Maybe Tommy, Jay and others will take this opportunity to move their forums to their own sites.

2/4 UPDATE: All of those forums hosted by are back down and no posting can take place. Other forums effect

Why Bald & Goateed?

Create: 02/05/2006 - 13:48
Finally, someone asks the question on everyone's mind. Why do so many powerlifters sport bald heads and goatees? Check out Anabolex for the scoop. The original poster:

I haven't done any statistics to prove any of it but I've noticed a lot of the pro bodybuilders have full heads of hair. I've also noticed quite a lot of the powerlifters have bald heads and goatees. I know both groups do use high levels of androgens. Are the top powerlifters typically older than the Pro bodybuilders? I know genetics plays a big part but it makes me wonder if you keep your hair or not. I guess Coan, Childress, Moore, and Bolton all still have their hair. Just curious about it.

Bigger Arms For Powerlifting

Create: 02/05/2006 - 11:05
A Fortified Iron poster thinks his small arms may be holding back his bench press and wants to know how to grow them. Pretty much unanimous responses that big arms don't translate to a higher bench press. Rather, other advice is given to put on overall size and strength.

Directly working your arms does not help much. Size also has nothing to really do with strength. I used to do all sorts of curls, skullcrushers, tricep extensions, etc. My upper arms were around 18-19". Now, I do close grip bench, heavy lockout work, board press, and tons of upper back work. My upper arms are 23" now, and I think I did a set of curls a couple months ago.

Laura Phelps Sets 181 Squat World Record

Create: 02/05/2006 - 10:55

Laura Phelps squatted a new World Record 725 pounds in the 181 pound class on Saturday at the APF Ohio State meet in Fremont, Ohio. She also squatted 700 pounds at the meet. Phelps also holds the World Record at 165 pounds with a 683 pound squat. The 725 pound squat makes her the second highest squatting women in history, behind only Becca Swanson. Swanson's best squat is 854 pounds.

How Would You Change Powerlifting?

Create: 02/05/2006 - 10:09
It's evident that most powerlifters have a fairly clear idea how powerlifting should look from their eyes. As a group, we're more than willing to share our opinions. A Monster Muscle thread asks for those opinions, specifically looking at what changes people would institute to make powerlifting better. The original question:


SLP Head Darrell Latch In Hospital - UPDATE

Create: 02/04/2006 - 11:22
News from T.C. Roesch at Monster Muscle that Son Light Power leader Darrell Latch was brought to the hospital on Sunday and has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Cards can be sent to: Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center 1000 Health Center Dr. Mattoon, IL 61938 If you'd like to reach Darrell to give him your well wishes, the phone number is 217-258-2525 and the room number is 404. UPDATE from T.C. from February 3:

I just spoke with Darrell. He is doing much better! He is home now. He goes back in Monday to get the Cath. work done to check out his heart and see what needs to be done. He also told me that he is going to go ahead and get his Hip done!!!! The Dr. was really concerned about that. Darrell said he could not believe the support that all of the lifters have given him, the prayers, the love and phone calls.... He said to tell everyone thank you!

Props Go Out To The Big Men Of Powerlifting

Create: 02/03/2006 - 09:31
With all the recent negativity towards the 'big' men of powerlifting, it's nice to see this Monster Muscle post. Read with caution, as it might make you all teary eyed.

I want to acknowledge the BIG MEN who play with the big iron, if ever there was a sport for the big men it is powerlifting, so the heck with these want everyone to look like a bodybuilding wimp people. This sport has always been about big men lifting big weights. Remember: Don Reinhouldt, O.D Wilson, Mark Henry, Anthony Clark, Jamie Harris, Paul Wrenn, Doyle Kennedy, and even my friend Big Gus, none of these guys looks pretty in a swim suit, but who cares; these guys moved some serious iron and that is what this sport is about. We are blessed with some of the best big men ever right now: Gary Frank, Paul Childress, Andy Bolton, Brian Siders, Donnie Thompson, and my friend big Chad Aiches from Reno, NV. These guys are monsters, all well over 350lbs and strong as any ever. Thank God for the big men.


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