USAPL And Out Of Meet Drug Testing

Create: 12/19/2005 - 09:37
There are a number of threads at the APF Outlaws forum examining the USAPL's out of meet drug testing policy. They are here, here, here and here. The anti-USAPL and out of meet testing position:

in the USAPL this guy can come to your house and test you or at a meet that is not his.Get Fucking real you "Drug Free" guys are being ran like this guy is your dad.There seems to me to be more bullshit in that federation than in any other.You the lifters need to take a little control and tell him to relax.I'll be damned if I wanted to lift in the USAPL a person could come to my door or see me on the street and test me.What are you'll on fucking probation?

High Speed Bench Eccentric - Good Or Bad?

Create: 12/19/2005 - 06:10
There's a long thread over at Go Heavy which has evolved into a debate over whether a high speed lowering of the bar is beneficial or harmful to ones bench press. The original poster pointed out different techniques which have been used successfully by lifters:

What was unique about Tom [HARDMAN] was his style... He had the fastest descent or eccentric phase in the bench press that I ever saw. He would take the hand off, hold it for a second at full arms length, then almost let the bar free fall to his chest... I never saw any other record holder bench like that. He was the exact opposite of say Doug Young, who brought the bar down very, very slowly prior to the concentric phase. Mike MacDonald was more of a medium descent....controlled at a medium pace...then BANG!

Stop Complaining About Your Bench Shirt!

Create: 12/18/2005 - 12:25
So says Vinny Dizenzo over at Anabolex. Although, he does say it a little differently. Essentially his statements are in response to the large number of lifters who post about their shirts not working as expected. These posts can be found regularly at every powerlifting forum.

Guys, you have to stop complaining about your shirts. I have held my tongue on this subject too long already. Stop complaining about how this shirt does not fit right or this company sucks--just start accumulating shirts. My basement looks like a shirt factory and I did not always get my shirts for free... You all want to learn how to run before you can walk. It is an art to learn the shirt. You will never learn that art by starting with a shirt that you cannot touch shit in. You must do two things to get better. First, get stronger. Second, learn to use the shirt (that mainly means find someone who can teach you in person)... Now, stockpile some shirts. Learn how to work them or just lift fucking raw!

Increasing Lower Back Endurance

Create: 12/18/2005 - 07:48
A Power and Bulk poster is having some lower back issues:

I feel like my low back endurance, by which I guess I mean ability to hold a good strong arch, and good form, is keeping me from doing as many sets or as many exercises as I would like. I'm good for some high intensity sets, but just so much and then my back says no more and tightens up.

Reasons For Starting Powerlifting

Create: 12/18/2005 - 07:26
In a Monster Muscle thread a poster wonders how long others have been lifting and how or why they started. Some good stories in the thread:

I have been a gym rat for about 18yrs but never trained seriously... In 2000 I had a heart attack and wound up with triple bypass surgery, thought I would never lift again. But I got the bug about a yr later and I told myself I would do one more gym meet if I could just get 315, well at the gym meet I did 335 and I got it touch with Gene and he set me up with a program for full meets and I started to train for real. In my first full meet I did a 475 squat and a 365 bench and a 405 dead. Two years and five meets later I just became the IPA 60-64 Masters Champion 275 Weight Class with a 1620 Elite Total--Squat 620 Bench 485 and Dead 515. And I aint done yet. I love this sport.

Is It Really A 'World' Championship?

Create: 12/17/2005 - 09:53
Every federation in powerlifting has a World Championship meet on their schedule. Sgt Rock at Monster Muscle wants to know which of these really constitute a true World Championship. His opinion
  • IPF Open, Jr, or Masters or Bench
  • WABDL Open bench or dl, Masters?
  • APF Open
  • WPO 3 lift title and bench

To me if your going to call yourself a world champion, there should be a bit of competition at the show. Simply entering more than one divisions at one World show doesn't make you a two time world champ does it? ...If you lift uncontested are you a world champion?

Some answers:

I don't think they exist in powerlifting anymore.

All-Time Record Wilks Points At IPF Worlds

Create: 12/17/2005 - 09:17

A Go Heavy poster wants to know what the all-time record Wilks point total is at an IPF World Championship event. A couple of responses yield the answer.

On the men's side it's Sergey Fediosenko at 114 with 657.88, followed by Jaroslaw Olech at 148 with 641.85, and then Mike Bridges at 181 with 638.0.

On the women's side it's Priscilla Ribic at 148 with 654.30, Marina Kudinova at 165 with 654.22, and Larysa Vitsyevska at 132 with 651.93.

The All New Powerlifting Male Revue

Create: 12/16/2005 - 11:33
For your Friday afternoon enjoyment, check out the Bench Monster forum where some of the biggest names in the bench world discuss starting a powerlifting male revue. The name - ChunkinDales. Those under 390 pounds need not apply. However, Ryan Kennelly want in:

What! I want to be part of the team too! [Frown] I feel left out, like the last kid picked kind of, Kara's got me on a new bulking diet so dont count me out just yet,, im growing as we speak!

Bench Tips From Brian Schwab

Create: 12/16/2005 - 10:01
There are a few new articles out over at EliteFts including one by Brian Schwab in which he offers 10 tips for benching. Many of his tips are aimed at equipped lifters. Here are a few of Brian's suggestions:

Train with your shirt weekly It literally took me an entire year to get used to the groove of a denim shirt. Each shirt you use will have a different groove which will vary depending on how low you adjust the collar... By training with the shirt each week you will not only be able to handle heavier weights, you will also learn the groove of your shirt.

Training With Stronger Lifters

Create: 12/16/2005 - 09:34
In sports, it's often the case that playing against better competition makes one a better player. In the gym, that often holds true as well. Power and Bulk looks at training with stronger lifters.

Training with stronger guys is good but be careful when training with people who have better recovery than you. Don't get sucked into doing more than your body can handle.

WPO's First Member

Create: 12/16/2005 - 08:42
Over at Gibson Powerlifting, Tim Bruner is quizzing the locals. His question, who was the first person to sign up with the WPO? The answer will surprise you. Guesses so far:

  • Anthony Clark
  • Ed Coan
  • Dondell Blue
  • Jesse Kellum
  • Steve Goggins
  • Wade Hooper
You'll have to visit the thread for the answer!

Mike Sweeney's (WPO) Arnold Rant

Create: 12/15/2005 - 10:16
Mike Sweeney, WPO/WPC spokesman has just released his latest thoughts at Go Heavy. While hyping the Arnold Classic and the WPO, he takes the opportunity to slam the IPF and almost every other federation in America.

My ARNOLD CLASSIC BLOG… You got yearnin’ and I got burnin’ Muddy Waters lyric….I can’t wait to go! The CLASSIC! Year seven for me… We are going “FULL MONTY..total POWERLIFTING exposure..NO smoke..NO mirrors..NO fear! I ain’t foolin’ ..you need schoolin” another Muddy Waters lyric… message to the other organizations..starting making your excuses why the WPO lift BIG,BIG weight. The old ones are really OLD! Bigger lifts…Insane attempts…Surrealistic numbers.. ..the Classic HOTTIES..Ouch! Words too mild to describe THE CLASSIC…crazy, deranged, wild, frenzied, demented, out of one’s head, possessed..ETC! Words that don’t describe THE CLASSIC…backyard, mirror-image meet…small rewards..only person in class...six people in audience…no motivatin’ music, small warm up room…not enough weights…and of course FRIKKIN’ BORING! “You better not lift somewhere else or else”…or”we can’t look at any new technology in equipment for two years.” Bullshit!…PATHETIC!!!!lift somewhere else… anywhere else…WHO IS THE LIFTER AND WHO IS THE ASS-WIPE don’t you deserve something better….( I read the ipf congress notes) HINT: The bottleneck is at the TOP of the bottle!!!!!!!

Out Of Meet Drug Testing

Create: 12/15/2005 - 10:02
Performance enhancing drugs are front and center as a sports issue these days. From the IOC to Major League Baseball to the Bush administration they don't seem to leave the news. It's quite obvious that drug testing lags drug usage. One method designed to catch more users is out of meet testing. A poster over at the APF Outlaws forum complains about the USAPL's out of meet drug testing policy:

in the USAPL this guy can come to your house and test you or at a meet that is not his.Get Fucking real you "Drug Free" guys are being ran like this guy is your dad... I'll be damned if I wanted to lift in the USAPL a person could come to my door or see me on the street and test me.

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