Welcome At Large Nutrition As A Sponsor

Create: 04/12/2006 - 11:35
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APF Senior Nationals Schedule Change

Create: 04/12/2006 - 08:02
APF Senior Nationals meet director Mark Swank announces some changes to the event schedule.

Yes it is true there has been a change to the Friday lifting schedule! It is as follows: Friday AM all men up to and including 181 lbs. Friday PM all women. Although the weight-in times have not changed you will need to adjust yours accordingly. Example: 181 lb male, 24 hr weigh-in would be Thursday June 1, 9 to 11:30 AM. Example Women 24 hr weigh-in would be Thursday June 1, 3 to 5 PM. I apologize for any inconvience this may cause anyone but we here at Sin City Barbell feel this is the best place and time to showcase the lady powerlifters.

Dave Tate Reactivates His Training Logs

Create: 04/12/2006 - 07:44
Dave Tate has reactivated his training logs and explains why at Elite FTS. Why Tate initially pulled his training log:

I used to keep my training logs posted on the website, but I pulled them off over a year ago. Most of my training was based on rehab, and the demands on my time were getting out of control. Also, with the addition of all of our sponsored guys keeping their training logs, I really didn’t see the point. Those lifters are at the top of their game while my game was... well, I had no game.

Will Substituting Dumbell Presses Hurt Your Bench?

Create: 04/12/2006 - 07:02
A Bodybuilding.com poster is thinking about substituting dumbell presses for barbell bench presses but has heard conflicting opinions about whether that'll help or hurt his flat bench. He says:

1a. - Basically, I've heard at some other site that if you substitute your benching with DB presses for a period of time, your bench numbers would go down. Is this true? - b. - If so, why is that? The muscles that you are working on are similiar, and an increase in strength is the same one way or the other. I mean, assuming those DB presses are actually working your chest, and it gets stronger, it should transfer over to the bench right? Increasing numbers on any exercise isn't some crazy placebo effect. For instance, if some part of your body got stronger, does it really matter what exercise you do? If your chest got stronger by benching, shouldn't you be able to use more weight with DB flys? If your biceps got stronger by BB curls, wouldn't your DB curl numbers increase? (Rhetorical question by the way.) - 2. I have heard that your motor skills for a particular exercise, your form and muscle memory developement, have a big effect on your numbers. This is what someone told me; when he insists that if I substitute all my Bench Press with DB Press, that I will get a decreasing max on the bench. No matter what. But that sounds so totally wrong; if my numbers with DB press increase, I must be getting stronger/more endurance. However, he says it doesn't matter, and just insists my bench number will drop. He seems to be some 'respected' member of that one site's forum, so his words have an effect on my thought... Do ya'll think this guy is right or wrong? (Now that I read this, its basically the same question as #1) Please shed some light on this matter for me, thank you in advance.

An Interview With Squat King Mike Miller

Create: 04/11/2006 - 14:02
Mike Miller regained the all-time squat record with a 1,220 pound squat this weekend at Powerpalooza. Now seems a great time to see what this popular powerlifting figure has been up to.

When did you begin powerlifting? I started Powerlifting with the body factory Powerlifting team in 1998. I totaled 1680 at the York Strength Spectacular June of 2000 Why did you choose powerlifting or did it choose you? I grew up working on a 10,000 acre dairy farm so strength was always a big thing for me. I was a big kid and people always dared me to lift things, so when I read about Powerlifting I thought it would be fun to try.

Gene Rychlak Satirizes Powerlifting

Create: 04/11/2006 - 08:13
Gene Rychlak satirically announces that he's organizing a new meet with a different set of rules. Does he have a point that meet attempts alone are nowadays generating respect? Should they be?

based on recent events, i will be putting together a meet. this meet will be like no other, the events that will be contested will be a 2 inch squat, a 3 board bench press and a 1 inch rack pull. since everybody blows guys who do these lifts, why not have a meet where that's all you gotta do. all gear is legal, if you talk the talk, then walk the walk. as soon as i have a venue, i will announce further details. if you want in, just let me know.

The Ultimate Deadlift Competition

Create: 04/11/2006 - 07:50
A poster at Go Heavy suggests organizing a deadlift competition featuring the best in the world with an eye towards making history and seeing the first pull over 1,000 pounds. Now who wouldn't pay to see that event!

We are on the verge of ,in my humble opinion, an unbelieveable event, that is the first 1000 lb deadlift. The half-ton barrier for powerlifting was first breached by Dr. Squat, Fred Hatfield in the early 80's with his historic 1008 lb squat and now of course with the monster 1000+ Bench Presses by first Gene Rychlak and now Scot Mendelson. The one undeniable issue is that the deadlift is only minimally affected by equipment, unlike the Squat and of course the Bench Press. A meet promoter would do himself well by sponsoring a meet with Bolton, Magnussun, Frank , Konstantinov and others and dangle a say $5000 prize for the FIRST man in powerlifting history to deadlift 1000 lbs. Maybe at the next WPO Superfinals?

Rack Pulls And Deadlift Stance

Create: 04/11/2006 - 07:02
Brian Schwab answers a unique question at Elite FTS about deadlifts and what stance to use when doing partial reps like rack lockouts if you deadlift sumo style. The question:

Do you do you rack lockouts with a sumo stance or conventional? It seems that with sumo more than conventional anything i can get off the floor i can lockout.


Yes, I do all of my deadlift training with a sumo stance. Some lifters like to alternate with conventional to get more back work in, but I prefer to stick with my competition stance. My preference for partial movements is more to stimulate my CNS to adapt to heavier weights than to actually increase my strength. I really don't have a particular sticking point in my deadlift. At this point I can't pull 700 off the floor, but it's an accomplishment for me to move it.


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