Jim Wendler's Key Indicators

Create: 02/15/2006 - 06:51
Jim Wendler has a new article out at Elite FTS about using key indicators to gauge where your lifting is at. Wendler:

To make things clear, I use Key Indicators as a way of assessing my training and knowing where I’m at without having to test my lifts. This is a great thing because everyone wants to know if their training is working but they don’t want to have to have a test day every two weeks...

Changing Training Hours

Create: 02/14/2006 - 08:33
A Power and Bulk poster has recently switched up his training time from evening to morning and so far is not liking the results. The ensuing thread examines what effects changing training times around have on lifting:

It takes teh body a solid few hours to warm up after you sleep, as others have mentioned. CNS seems to be a little underpowered too (bring me the mana of god: caffeine). You'll want a more thorough warmup to make sure that joints and connective tissues are warmed up. There is also data that the body adapts to when you routinely train it. This has relevance for people who compete. If you always train afternoons and your competitions are in the mornings, you may get into trouble with optimal perforamance.

Straps For Deadlifts

Create: 02/14/2006 - 07:58
A poster at Elite Fitness is having grip issues while doing deadlifts and he's thinking of adding straps to keep the bar from slipping out of his hands. He wants to know whether that's a good idea. He says:

I did deads this morning, and the weight felt pretty good, but my grip started failing me on the later reps of each set... came to the point that i about dropped the weight from just below my knees on the final decent cause i just couldn't hold it any longer... should i get some straps or should i stick with the weight until my grip can catch up...?

Lifters Who Test Positive In A Drug Tested Fed Then Lift In Another

Create: 02/13/2006 - 09:14
A thread at Go Heavy is taking a look at why Tom Manno, a NASA lifter, who has apparently tested positive in two separate drug tested organizations is allowed to lift in a drug free organization. This examination prompts some interesting questions. Should federations recognize drug testing results from other federations? Does a lifter once he moves to a new federation start with a clean slate? What happens if a lifter fails a drug test in one federation but it falls outside of the minimum drug free time period, thus allowing him to compete in a drug tested federation, and then he claims lifetime drug free status?

A Professional Raw Federation

Create: 02/13/2006 - 07:54
There's a thread at Monster Muscle which is examining whether a professional raw federation would have a chance of luring top lifters to compete. It also looks at some of the possible implications of such a fed. The original post:

If there was a raw division that was professional and actually paid it's athletes (Hello KK) a base income, plus prizes based on performance and records broken etc. Do you think alot of todays lifters who are always questioned about the lifts or plys, would they compete ? What about the numbers ? It would put alot of pressure on alot of guys in the game. Is this possibly the only way to seperate the great lifters from the technitions ? Or do you think it would be bad for powerlifting ?

Hot Tub After Workouts

Create: 02/13/2006 - 07:46
An Elite Fitness poster wonders whether using a hot tub after working out might have some negative effects on lifting progress or muscle growth. Some thoughts:

The hot tub before the workout can help you warm up and get the appropriate bloodflow moving, while also enhancing the viscosity of the synovial fluid in your joints. Immediately after a workout, you want as little swelling as possible. One of the most effective restorative methods is the cryocup. With it, you literally rub ice on the muscles that you worked that day. This reduces the immediate swelling and further cellular destruction that tends to slow the recovery process after a workout. A hot tub after a workout will further increase that swelling and inflammation...not a good idea.

Interview With Donnie Thompson

Create: 02/13/2006 - 07:34
Elite FTS has added an interview with Donnie Thompson. Powerlifters he admires:

Garry Frank. He is the strongest man on earth. I like him because he pushed the bar concerning totals and inspired powerlifting to make a comeback. Notice that powerlifting was in the dark ages most of the nineties until Garry came on the scene. Then we all got motivated. I like Ed Coan , Steve Goggins and Jesse Kellum. They were champions in the eighties and remain so still today. I like Brian Siders because he just lifts big. I like Ano Turtanian because showed us how strong Europeans are by actually coming over to the USA and beating us at his own expense. He didn’t just state he was better on the internet. I also like Paul Childress, Kaz, Don Reinhoudt, Andy Bolton and some of the European dudes whose names I cannot pronounce. I have great respect for Beau Moore.

Bench Press Range Of Motion

Create: 02/13/2006 - 07:05
Over at the CPU forum posters are comparing their bench press range of motion. Lengths range from 7 up to around 20 inches. A particular post of interest notes the effect raw benching, shirted benching and measuring once the lift has been completed have on r.o.m.:

Raw - I can get a ROM of 8 inches or less, 7 on a good bench. Shirted - Harder to arch, even in an F6, but I can still keep it under 10 inches, usually. This is the measured from the starting position. After the lift I've lost a bit of the arch and flattened out so it's usually increased.

Lifting Your Head While Benching

Create: 02/12/2006 - 08:55
If you've ever watched equipped benchers you've likely noticed that some of them lift their head off the bench as the bar decends. At Ryan Kenneley's forum a poster has some questions about this technique:

Louie Simmons says its recommended since it shortens the range of motion. Anybody have input on this? Should you do this lifting raw too?

Backlash Against New England Record Breakers

Create: 02/12/2006 - 07:48
A poster at APF Outlaws questions the hype surrounding the New England Record Breakers meet being held in May. He says:

Who else is sick of hearing about this New England record breaker RAAAAW meet? Yeah, it's cool, but people are making it out to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. Equipment is not going anywhere.

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