The Importance Of Spotters

Create: 12/13/2005 - 11:41
Spotters are like insurance, something we don't think too much about until the time comes when we need them. But like insurance, they can become real important, real quick. Many of you saw 1,015 pounds get out of the groove and fall on Gene Rychlak recently. Probably most have seen an incident in competition or the gym. A Monster Muscle thread reminds us of the importance of spotters.

I think we all get a little too comfortable (from time to time) and forget that the wights our people are lifting could easily kill.

Did You Achieve Your Goals For 2005?

Create: 12/13/2005 - 08:39
2005 is rapidly winding down. It seems like a good time to step back to see how many of the goals we set were achieved. A Bodybuilding.com thread asks members just that. There are some posts by lifters not meeting their goals, mostly due to injury.

im weaker than i was at the beginning of the year.

Others had a more fruitful year:

I just started lifting in September, an I really didn't set any goal other than to get stronger, and that I did.

My goal was to turn myself into a sick mother frickern and not listen to any "nay sayers". I have succeeded and am looking forward to plenty of steel, rest, and gains next year.

When Is Raw Really Raw?

Create: 12/13/2005 - 07:35
An interesting discussion is going on over at the 100% Raw Federation's forum. Fed president Paul Bossi is looking for lifter input about allowing lifters to use knee and wrist wraps. From the current 100% Raw Federation rulebook:

In RAW meets only a leather belt may be worn with a non-supportive singlet. No other supportive gear may be worn. This includes, but is not limited to, wrist wraps, knee wraps, tape applied around a limb or finger, supportive lifting suit, supportive briefs, supportive shirt.

Keep Your Butt On The Bench

Create: 12/12/2005 - 11:56
A poster at Iron Addicts has a problem which many benchers can relate to, keeping the butt on the bench when benching heavy. Some good tips are offered:

Try several different set ups, and then find what works for your benching style. Try spreading your legs. Try bringing them in and squeezing the bench between them. Try flatfooted, and try a big arch with your feet behind you (I do this, but I also get my heels on the floor). If you bench flat-footed, try this little trick: lift up your big toe. This helps a lot of lifters keep their ass down, and also helps them get tight. Keep experimenting and trying new things. Who knows, in the process you may come up with an original idea that works for you.

1,000 Pound Single Ply Squats With Walk-Out

Create: 12/12/2005 - 11:21
Similar threads at Go Heavy and T-Nation originally started by the same poster. Both are trying to put together a list of all of the 1,000 pound, single ply squats where the lifter had to walk the weight out. So far they have:

  • Dave Waddington
  • Fred Hatfield
  • Shane Hamman
  • Kirk Karwoski
  • Dave Panasella
  • Greg "Beatle" Lowe
  • Anthony Clark
  • Lee Moran

The Squat Mentality

Create: 12/12/2005 - 08:10
A poster at Fortified Iron wonders what sort of mental processing other lifters do when squatting. Apparently, he has become so bogged down by the details of the lift that the lift itself is suffering. Answers include:

I think the squat is a lot like the bench in a sense that you have sort of a checklist that you should go through mentally every time, which includes set up, foot stance, pushing your stomach into your belt, putting your ass out, driving your knees out, etc...

Most Influential Female Lifters

Create: 12/11/2005 - 13:19
A Monster Muscle thread is compiling opinions of who the most influential or important female lifters are of all time. So far, here's who they have:

  • Jan Todd
  • Judy Gedney
  • Terry Dillard
  • Bev Francis
  • Diana Rowell
  • Carrie Boudreau
  • Tammara Greenwood
  • Maris Sternberg
  • Marina Kudinova
  • Becca Swanson
  • Liz Willet
  • Amy Weisberger
  • Mary Jefferys
  • Donna Lee Delleree
  • Anna-Liisa Prinkkala
  • Kara Bohigian

Clarification Of New IPF Rule Change

Create: 12/11/2005 - 11:26
Brad Madvig offers some clarification at the USAPL forum on the IPF rule which bans lifters who compete in non-sanctioned IPF events. The rule :

Any lifter, coach, referee or official who competes or participates in a Powerlifting or Bench Press competition not organised, sanctioned or approved by the IPF shall not be permitted to take part in any IPF international or regional competition for a period of 12 months from the date of that non-approved competition.

Why The Russians Rule Powerlifting

Create: 12/11/2005 - 10:18
Gibson Powerlifting is looking at why the Russians are doing so well at powerlifting. One of the common reasons cited for why they perform so well is drugs. Jay Gibson discounts that:

Does anyone really believe that the American appetite for drugs and the creativity of American 'bathtubbers' will ever be surpassed, when it comes to drugs? This place takes a backseat to NO ONE.. Think about that, what is it that Americans have that Russians want and need? Powerlifting trophies? Millions of DOLLARS? You figure it out... Are we now saying that Russian lifters have more potent androgens than these? What are they? Seriously, dollars trump the living shit outta trophies and gold medals. Does anyone believe it would be a secrect that was kept?

USAPL Lifters Banned From APF Outlaws Forum!

Create: 12/10/2005 - 11:53
Ok, not really. However, in this thread is discussion of a specific IPF rule change and a general discussion about the way the IPF does business. From the minutes of the 2005 IPF Congress meeting:

2) Change 14.9 Athletes Competing Participating in Non-IPF Competition Any lifter, coach, referee or official who competes or participates in a Powerlifting or Bench Press competition not organised, sanctioned or approved by the IPF shall not be permitted to take part in any IPF international or regional competition for a period of 12 months from the date of that non-approved competition. ** Accepted unanimously with amendments

Rear Delts For Your Bench Press

Create: 12/10/2005 - 11:12

So many muscles are involved in developing a good bench press, triceps, front delts, chest, lats, traps, and others, that sometimes the rear delts get lost in the mix. A Fortified Iron thread looks at some of the exercises which will strengthen those rear delts.

Most people instantly think of the reverse pec deck machine or reverse dumbell flies when trying to find an exercise to hit the rear delts. Check out the thread for lots of other good suggestions.

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