Can Belly Benching Be Enforced?

Create: 02/12/2006 - 07:32
There's a question at Powerlifting Uncensored about how a rule against belly benching can be enforced. The poster specifically is referring to the upcoming New England Record Breakers meet. The original post:

They say at the NE Record Breakers that belly benching won't be allowed. How would you enforce it? There are as many opinions on what constitues belly benching as there are for what constitutes a pause. Can it be enforced? If it's to the xyphoid would they mark the xyphoid with chalk before each attempt?

Mike Sweeney On The WPO Finals

Create: 02/12/2006 - 07:15
Mike Sweeney posts his latest missive at the APF/WPC forum. In it he pumps the Arnold Classic, the WPO finals and the organizational efforts of the WPO leadership. With continued rumblings that there may not be any prize money available to be awarded to the lifters, it's surprising that he didn't address this.

To: The World Powerlifting Congress and Interested Individuals Dispatches from the New World and Era in Powerlifting “The Arnold Classic WPO Finals sets the standard by which all other pretenders are judged.” We are several weeks from the Finals of the WPO at the 2006 Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio. This is the SUPER-NOVA of strength entertainment! There will be over 100,000 spectators over three days. Over thirty sport-competitions on site, of these 15 are Olympic. There will be over 15,000 athletes compared to 10,000 at the current Olympics. ALL vendor space has been sold out, 600plus booths. Mr. Kidder has engineered and designed The WPO Finals to be the PREMIER Arnold Classic event. The WPO pulls in 2000 more spectators than the body building finals, that is some serious powerlifting horse power! The WPO lifters will be competing on the platform of the main stage and special-HUGE area to contain this explosive, exciting event. As always their will be STANDING room only, so come early. This formula for success that has been developed between the WPO and Arnold Classic is a text book case in goal setting.(much more on this later in the year) All these sports require commitment, design, execution, continuous evaluation, etc. All the values we discussed last year in the WPC/WPO.SOOOOOO, Come on out! Everybody will be there! “Some claim to be STRONG, WPO/WPC power lifters are simply the STRONGEST”

An Aching Back

Create: 02/11/2006 - 08:05
Powerlifter's usually have to deal with at least one ache or pain. Often they'll have many at the same time. A Fortified Iron poster has some back issues and asks for help remedying them. He says:

does anyone else's lower back start to ache when you are doing an activity that requires lots of standing? i get it from going for long walks, playing ping pong, and whenever I work my back in the gym. is this a sign that my lower back needs more work? or would it be abs? I remeber reading something about having an aching back, I just can't remeber what was prescribed to help the weakness.

Word From Scot Mendelson On The Mendy Classic

Create: 02/11/2006 - 07:55
The Mendelson Classic is scheduled for Saturday February 18 in Pasadena, California. Up for grabs is $10,000 in prize money. Scott Mendelson updates which lifters are expected to attend as well as issuing a final challenge for the prize money at Ryan Kennelley's forum. Mendelson:

WE ARE 1 WEEK OUT TO THE CLASSIC AND EVERYONE IS VERY EXCITED.IT IS LOOKING LIKE WE HAVE ABOUT 35-40 LIFTERS FOR THE CAL STATE MEET ONSAT 2/18.I JUST HIT MY OPENER FOR MY LIFT DURING THE IRONMAN PRO BODYBUILDING SHOW.I AM PSYCHED.ONSUNDAY THE PRO SHOW IS LOOKING VERY INTERESTING.KENNELLY,WOLMAK,WONG,FRANCO,MILLER,DELAVAL,MEEKER,AND A FEW OTHERS ARE LOOKING LIKE THE HEAVYWEIGHTS.THE LIGHTWEIGHTS ARE FIELDS,JACKSONAND I CANT THINK OF THE REST.THERE IS 10,000.00 WEIGHTING FOR SOMEONEAND IF IT IS YOU AND YOUR NOT ON THE ROSTER YOU ARE FOOLISH .COME ON DOWN AND TAKE YOUR CASH

Looking For Answers About Good Mornings

Create: 02/10/2006 - 08:46
A poster at Strength News puts a number of questions about good mornings to the regulars. She asks:

1) There is a subtle difference between high/low bar position. In the good morning exercise, where do people place their bar and why? Supposedly, when lifting heavy, one uses low bar. However, the bar placement is minimal. Comfort would be key.

Paul Kelso On Untested International Meets

Create: 02/10/2006 - 08:34
Paul Kelso makes an interesting observation and prediction at Go Heavy which has the potential to significantly impact powerlifting at the international level. Kelso suggests that it's possible that national governmental bodies may, at some time in the future, restrict the right to hold untested powerlifting meets in those countries. That would pave the way for only tested powerlifting at the international level. The incumbent federation in that regard is the IPF.

Powerlifting Isn't In Danger Of Dying

Create: 02/10/2006 - 08:10
So says Tommy Fannon at Go Heavy. Fannon cites grassroots efforts and gear usage as contributing growth factors and discounts the need for money in powerlifting. Fannon:

What other time in history could you find so many gyms dedicated to powerlifting and getting people prepared to compete? North Georgia Barbell Nazareth Barbell Orlando Barbell Westside Barbell Diablo Barbell Southside Barbell Detroit Barbell Tampa Barbell These are just gyms off the top of my head that I can name that specialize in powerlifting. And do you know the funny thing? These grassroots efforts are being funded by people who lift in the ultra-geared, extreme orgs. so next time you tell me the wpo and the gear is ruining the sport, I will ask you where is all the support from the tradional feds? Who is really keeping this sport alive and growing? Another point to note: do you know who is helping promote the meets? Gear manufacturers. As a promoter of powerlifting meets, Inzer has been our biggest supporter. It's a win-win relationship as far as I'm concerned. Bring on the extreme gear, bring on the extreme gyms. I really could give a ##### about the networks paying dollars to see us. That's not what motivates 99% of the lifters in my opinion.

How Much Protein In Each Meal?

Create: 02/10/2006 - 06:55
Powerlifters and other weight trainers know that consuming an adequate supply of protein is essential for gains to occur. A poster at Dr. Squat wants to know how many grams of protein can be used by the body from a single meal. Responses:

It's based in large part on your lean body weight as well as the intensity, duration and frequency of your training.

Training By Jim Wendler

Create: 02/09/2006 - 08:31
Check out the Elite FTS Q&A section for Jim Wendler's take on training and all of the training advice being offered as authoritative. Wendler:

The problem that I have with some of the crap that I see being spewed is that it is simply retarded bullshit. End of story. I have spent my goddamn life trying to be stronger than a fucking ox and hanging out with people and training with people and work with a company that is 100% fucking dedicated to getting people strong. That is a fact. Then I hear story after story of these people who are telling people how to get strong and putting out articles on this subject. Well, I call bullshit. I am not going to apologize anymore for being strong. And neither is Dave. I'm putting an end to this right now. Just because some authors couldn't lift the shit that falls out of their ass doesn't mean they aren't good coaches. But if you really want to know how to get strong; and I'm not talking about bench pressing 315lbs. I'm talking about doing some sick-ass shit, then go seek out the freaks. Sure, they may not know the ins/out of Supertraining or whatever. But if you know what questions to ask, I guarantee they will have 10 times the information than any of these "coaches" do. If I have a question about training on getting strong, I'm asking Donnie, Marc, Chad, Dave, Todd, Lou, Chuck, etc. NOT someone that can barely lift a wiffle-ball bat. These critics like to use the fact that many of us are genetic freaks (what a crock of shit) or that we are all drugged to the gills. That's their excuse for being able to fit through a chain-link fence. Again, excuses. You want to know what it's like to feel 405 and 3 blue bands/side and how to set up for that? Don't ask the "coaches", ask the guys that know what the hell it's like to feel like your head is going to blow off, even on the warm-up sets. I have said this a 1000 times; getting strong hasn't changed in the last 100 years. Lift heavy shit Eat some food Recover Repeat as necessary More is not better, better is better. Whoever says differently is not better, just looking for a new way to get their name in print. So to answer your question; the only advice I have for you is DO IT...try it out and see what happens. Even if it sucks, you will at least have something to cross off your list. The theories being expounded by those "in the know" are full of theory and lack in practical education. Be different; actually do something. Before you know it, you will develop into a real lifter, not someone that sits at his desk like a waif-model.

Biceps For Benching

Create: 02/09/2006 - 08:22
As the saying goes, it's curls for the girls, right? Hold on a sec though, maybe curls and bicep work does have a place in a powerlifter's routine. A thread at Ryan Kennelley's forum looks at bicep work, specifically as it applies to the bench press. The original question:

I heard that it it is a good idea to do curls to build up the biceps so you have a muscular cushion when your arms are folded up at the begining of the bench. Does this amke sense does any one do curls/ or should i concnentrate on my sholders, lats, and tris? and forgert curls?

Why You Love Powerlifting

Create: 02/09/2006 - 08:16
Bodybuilding.com is paying tribute to powerlifting by looking at why posters love powerlifting. Wonder if some of the responses would be understandable to those without the fever?:

Powerlifting lets me test myself and what I am made of. It lets me find out my strengths and my weaknesses. Powerlifting has taught me to improve in my everyday life.(Makes me work harder at other things exp. School work) It has given me something that I can give to others(By helping others to excel at powerlifting by coaching them or just giving them pointers) It teaches great disicpline and dedication. Basically it gives me a reason to wake up in the morning!

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