The Early Days Of Equipment

Create: 03/31/2006 - 06:31
Go Heavy takes an interesting look at how gear has been around almost from the beginnings of powerlifting. The earliest attempts at exploiting gear for bigger lifts were homemade efforts but still effective. These were to become the ancestors of todays modern high-tech gear.

I was just looking through some old clippings from the late 1960s, really only 5 years into the sort of official beginning of powerlifting. By 1969, the heat was really on regarding wraps and lifting gear and it was the "talk" of the sport in most lifting magazines. I believe it primarily started in California where knee wraps were sown together for additional length and a few lifters were wearing jeans under their lifting suits and wrapping their midsections with bedsheets. There were some other antics too. This culminated in a major action just a few years later in a Senior Nationals with NO WRAPS allowed at all... I'd have to look it up, but I think it was 1972 or '73.

Improving Bench Press Lockout Strength

Create: 03/31/2006 - 06:13
A Dr. Squat poster finds that his bench press is strong off the chest but he encounters a sticking point about 3/4 of the way up. He wants to know how to work that sticking point. He asks:

I have always been pretty strong off the chest when it comes to bench pressing, and I can typically "squeeze out" the lockout if it starts to stall, however, I have noticed that although the weight moves quickly off my chest, I hit a sticking point at about the 3/4 mark. Here is a raw touch'n go training single with me bench pressing 400# plus a couple of collars. This is pretty representative of my bench press form. I have predominantly done bench presses with extra long pauses (2-3 seconds) for sets of 5 reps to build the strength off my chest and lying triceps extensions for lockout power. I have never tried board presses, but I have doen lockouts in a power rack as well as floor presses before. Any suggestions?

Bench Shirt Questions

Create: 03/31/2006 - 05:50
A poster at Weight Trainers United has a couple questions about bench shirts. He asks:

A had a couple of questions in regards to bench shirts. But first some background, the WNPF has three divisions, raw, single-ply, and unlimited. I’m competing in the raw division for my contest April 8, but I might try one of the other divisions later on. For the single-ply division, you’re only allowed a single-ply poly, closed back shirt. But I’ve tried using a closed back shirt before, and I couldn’t stand it. In order for it to be tight enough to do any good, it was so tight I could barely breath. As a result, I got nothing out of it. That’s when I switched to an open back shirt, and that solved that problem. And now, with lifting alone, an open back shirt is easy to put on myself. So my questions are about a stretchy back shirt. Will the stretchy back make the shirt feel like it is not so tight so as not to cause the breathing problem? Is the “feel” of a stretchy back shirt more like an open back shirt or a firm, closed back shirt? And is it possible to put a stretchy back shirt on by yourself? For the unlimited division, you’re allowed a triple-ply poly or denim shirt. But I’ve never seen these advertised. Would you need to get such a shirt special made? If so, where?

Why Do Bench Press Bar Paths Vary?

Create: 03/30/2006 - 08:10
Weight Trainers United has a thread looking at a couple of the more familiar powerlifting bench press bar paths. One is a straight vertical line up and down. The other is an arc back towards the rack. The original poster wonders about the differences:

Y is it that hardcore arch benchers like Gene Rychlak or Scott mendelson go down at an angle and touch there stomach (in an arch) and then go up towards there face? It totally depletes the arched idea. I like how Brian siders starts in one spot and goes up in that same spot. I dont understand the difference of the 2.

Meet Director's Responsibilities

Create: 03/30/2006 - 07:01
The APA's Kate Taillon, who was the meet director for Shannon Pole-Summers' record setting bench press, posts at Go Heavy about videotaping lifts and other meet director's responsibilities. Taillon:

Meet Director Responsibilities. I’ve read all the threads concerning Shannon’s lift and the responsibilities of a meet director. I was the meet director for the APA Southeast Regionals with Wade Johnson as co-promoter. My priorities for running a meet are: (1) safety (2) timeliness and (3) quality equipment. I honestly didn’t know that a meet director is supposed to be responsible for validating lifts by videotape. And truthfully I don’t have the foggiest idea how to post videos on the net. Maybe one of the experts out there would be willing to help me out on this one. Volunteers are always welcome.

Does Fatter Equal Stronger?

Create: 03/30/2006 - 06:45
A poster at Fortified Iron is looking for an answer to an argument he's had about whether increasing ones bodyweight by adding bodyfat would result in increased strength. He says:

SO i got in an arguement with my friend the other day over lifting and it really pissed me off. His arguement was basically the fatter you are the stronger you are. He said the only reason i was as strong as i was is because of how heavy i was. This pissed me off because 1 he is discrediting all the hardwork i have done and 2 he was talking out of his ass. I asked him if i was to add 50lbs of fat to his body would he bench as much as me and he said yes, mind you he benches 100lbs less than me.

Updated New England Record Breakers Lifter List

Create: 03/30/2006 - 06:28
Dave Cosnotti updates the lineup for the New England Record Breakers which will be held May 6 in Amherst Massachusetts. Remember to enter the drawing for a chance to win free VIP tickets to the event right here at Powerlifting Watch.

Rock Lewis from South Carolina will be competing in the Bench division, at a bodyweight of 220lbs. Rock is confident he’ll go well over 600 on May 6th. Kuttroff Holger from Germany called today requesting an invitation to the Record Breakers, and we gladly welcomed him. Kuttroff will be competing in the Full Power division at SHW. Full Powerlifting: Mike Miller, Josh Bryant, Steve Goggins, Beau Moore, Donnie Thompson, Capt. Kirk Karwoski, Travis Mash, Bob Masello, Rich Deleon, Shawn Colbeth, Sam Byrd, Sean Culnan, Glenn “Big Daddy” Ross, Scott Smith, Kuttroff Holger, and Dan Kovacks Bench Press: Mike Wolfe, Nick Winters, Jeremy Hoornstra, Mike “Gunny” Green, and Rock Lewis Deadlift: Brent “SGT Rock” Howard Special Guest Lifters: Teenage Pheonom Eddie Debus will perform the Bench Press and Deadlift. World record holder Amy Weisberger, will be representing the female Powerlifters in the three lift division.

New WPO Qualifying Information

Create: 03/30/2006 - 06:13
Kieran Kidder, WPO president, posts at APF Outlaws about new qualifying information for the WPO. Of significance is the fact that the qualifying totals are higher, lighter weight class lifter within one of the Super Open Classes now have to qualify at the mark for the highest weight class in the Super Open, 2005 qualifiers are exempt from re-qualifying this year, and Kidder is asking WPO lifters to lift only as guest lifters when participating in APF meets.

New WPO Super Open Qualifying Totals. From this day forward these are the new qualifying totals for the 4 Super Open Classes. The only significance the traditional weight classes have in the WPO is for World Records only. All current WPO lifters who lifted in the 2005 WPO Semifinals in either Chicago/Helsinki will automatically be able to come back to the 2006 WPO Semifinals. In the event that you don't exceed the new qualifying total you will have to re-qualify for the 2007 Season. I'm sure that some lifters will think this isn't fair.The WPO lifter is at the top of the powerlifting food chain!! Only the cream of the crop can thrive. If these new totals are out of your reach than you should stay in the APF/WPC until you're more competitive. Nothing wrong with winning some APF Seniors/WPC Worlds Titles, and then try out the WPO when you're more seasoned. If you have lifted in the WPO Finals then you can only do the APF Seniors as a Guest Lifter. Unless you are re-qualifying for a different Super Open Class. I would hope that all WPO lifters would lift as guest lifters in any APF Meet whether it be local/regional/national. It's only fair. KK APF/WPO Prez. Lwt-1659 Mwt-2051 Hwt-2301 SHW-2403

More On Taping Record Attempts

Create: 03/29/2006 - 09:10
A Go Heavy thread looks further at the topic of videotaping record lifts. It's quite evident there's a lot of resistance from meet directors and lifters to move in this direction. But, in what other sports can you not see highlights of world records being broken. Sure there will be criticism of lifts which are put on the Internet. But isn't that a small price to pay to put the trust and credibility back into powerlifting? As a result of posting video, wouldn't federations feel the public pressure to adhere to judging standards? Recently, the WPO/APF decided to tighten up judging based on public feedback. Do you think some of that was a result of the availability of Internet video? Recently, Mike Wolfe, in contrast to Summers and Mendelson, scrambled to make sure his non record video was up on the net. Wolfe understands the reality of not posting the video. However, should it be the lifters responsibility to do this? Mike Durand, a prime supporter of recording and posting record attempts:

We all call ourselves powerlifters, right? So, it is powerlifting that has the integrity problem, not any one fed. Not everyone is trying to bash your fed or your lifter. This is my point. This is why the old view of "worry about your own lifting" is such BS. Squats, benches, and deadlifts should look the same regardless of drugs, gear, or federation. It is painfully obvious that this is not the case. So, if you want to call yourself a world champ/record holder, and your not following the rules, then be prepared for the questions and the criticism. Likewise, if you are confident that you nailed it, then produce a quality video and show the world. There are plenty of renouned lifters who have offered video, yet have never been accused of bogus lifting. And why is that? Because they did it the right way with no smoke and mirrors, no partial lifts, and no backyard venues. There was nothing to hide.

Questions On USAPL Judging

Create: 03/29/2006 - 08:31
A lifter is preparing for his first USAPL competition and has some questions about their judging at Weight Trainers United. He asks:

I heard that in USAPL meets, that if you struggle with your lift at all its a bad lift. I mean is this true, I would think its not, but u never know. I was wondering if you guys thought that goin to regulation parallel was fine? I go below parallel like ur supppose to...but I was wondering if u had to go WAY below like I see in some videos.

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