Are Declines Beneficial?

Create: 02/02/2006 - 07:21
A Dr. Squat poster has some questions about decline benching. He asks:

What's the general consensus on decline bench pressing? From a previous thread I read flat benching actually works the lower pecs more...is there any benefit particular to declines, or is our benching time better spent on flat/inclines?

Are Powerlifters Born Or Breed?

Create: 02/02/2006 - 07:03
That's the question asked at Monster Muscle. What do you think, are powerlifters born, breed or is it a combination of both? Lots of thoughtful responses:

I think a good coach can breed a lifter to reach National and maybe world level...Yet the best of the best or born... If you take a lifter with the BEST gear BEST coach, and match him up against a genetic freak, I would put my money on the genetic freak all day long

Using Technology To Aid Judging

Create: 02/01/2006 - 10:08
Football has instant replay, tennis has the line eyes, basketball allows video reviews at certain times. What about powerlifting? A Dr. Squat thread looks at whether some sort of technology might help in making judging decisions thereby resolving one of the biggest conflicts in powerlifting. Some thoughts on adding technology:

I had a conversation with a friend that thinks powerlifting meets will have video replays of lifts in the future to determine squat dept, ect. I think this is a good idea.

Bent Row Form

Create: 02/01/2006 - 08:16
A poster at Fortified Iron is using bent rows to help increase his bench press. However, he has some questions about his form when upping the weights. Specifically he asks:

I want to start going heavy on rows to supplement my starting point off of the bench, the problem is when I go heavy, my form suffers. I use the same grip as on bench and when I perform the concentric proportion, I can't seem to get the bar to touch my chest. I do want it to touch my chest right? How should I be doing these? 45 degrees, 90 degrees, or a comination thereof?... Can I get any opinions on this?

An Erector Shirt For Squats

Create: 01/31/2006 - 08:00
A Bodybuilding.com poster is having trouble keeping his back straight while squatting. He wonders whether he should get an erector shirt to help with the problem. A couple posters suggest stretching to help the problem:

I don't know jack about shirts, but that sounds like using straps to fix a weak grip (except much worse). My biggest suggestion is flexibility. I used to have trouble going to parallel with a straight back, now I go A2G no problem. Become more flexible in the low back, hams, and ass, and your form will improve tremendously.

When Should Kids Start Training?

Create: 01/31/2006 - 07:50
A poster at Dr. Squat wants to know at what age one can begin lifting weights. The replies suggest that that age can be very young but that the introduction should be gradual:

It depends not so much on the childs age but on there physical development. the way they train w/ weights must be based on there level of physical development not their age. that said i've seen videos of 6 year olds seriously practice olympic lifting, but i think they said it was mostly volume training and not alot of heavy weight.

Mimnaugh On Turning Down Lifts

Create: 01/30/2006 - 08:57
Billy Mimnaugh, who's on a posting rampage, comments at Go Heavy on lifters turning down a lift which judges pass. Mimnaugh:

I find it amusing how many guys say that they would not accept a lift if they thought it was no good but yet,I never actually see it happen.Could it be that many of these guys THINK all their lifts are good,everytime?I also REALLY find it funny that at no time have I EVER seen a lift that was turned down by the judges, but later reviewed on video by the powerlifting forums,proving the lift as being good,get reversed by the judges or meet promoters.Thats some fair system many of you have concocted.If its a good lift but gets reds,you must accept it as part of the sport,but if its a bad lift that gets whites its up to you to decline it for the sake of the integrity of the sport.We have the dumbest sport on the face of the earth.

There Will Never Be Money In Powerlifting

Create: 01/30/2006 - 07:59
Powerlifting will never make any money, will never appeal to a wider audience and should go underground. For all of you who support the Pro concept, this may come as disheartening news. Fortunately, it's just an opinion of a poster at Diablo Barbell. The poster writes:

There is no money in powerlifting. There never has been and there never will be. I don't think anybody ever got into this sport for the money. Nobody outside our tiny little circle of a powerlifting community knows what we do. They don't understand and have no desire to understand. The only people who like to go watch powerlifting meets or videos are lifters themselves who can relate to what is happening on the platform or on the videos. To everyone else it just looks like a bunch of guys doing the same thing over and over and over. It bores the hell out of 99.999999% of the people on the planet. Sorry, but when that's the case you aren't going to make any money. No sponsors will be interested and no one will get paid. Sure, there will always be the elite of the elite that can make a few bucks but nothing to really write home about. No one in the WPO is going to sign a multi-million dollar endoresement deal with Gatordae, Nike or McDonalds. And you know what? I'm fine with that. I lift to lift. Pure and simple. I love the feel of lifting heavy weights and getting stronger and that is more than enough reward for me. I love doing what most people can't do. All money does is corrupt sport and it seems like all people want to talk about on the internet these days is how to get more money in powerlifting. We have enough trouble with high squats and other questionable judging to even begin to worry about getting money involved in the sport. Most lifters even bitch at a $75 entry fee for a contest when they have no idea how much it costs to put one on. No one makes money off of putting on meets either. Leave the money for the NFL, NBA and MLB. Let them continue to beat their wives, have party boat sex cruises, hold out for even more money and bitch, whine and destroy teams when they don't get their way. Powerlifting doesn't need that but it is exactly what it would get if big money was involved. Go back to your roots, get the sport underground again, away from the masses, the internet fags and all the other a-holes who try to tear it apart and make it something that it is not. Love it for everything it is and everything it isn't.

Squats Hurting Shoulders

Create: 01/30/2006 - 07:49
A poster at Anabolex is finding that when squatting heavy he's having shoulder pain. He says:

I have been putting the bar a little farther back/down my back to keep me from leaning forward ,now the problem is ,I feel no discomfort in shoulders while in the gym ,but later the same day and for the next few days I cant get in a good upper body workout due to shoulder joint/socket pain Im guessing my arms are just being pulled/stretched to far back and/or in a weird position while squatting heavy.Im using a regular bar.

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