Team USA Captures IPF Master's Bench Press Team Championship

Create: 04/25/2006 - 08:17
The Team USA Master's team captured the team portion of the IPF Bench Press Championships this weekend in Miami, Florida. The men earned a first and two seconds, while the women captured two firsts. Only six points were between the US team and an outright sweep of the event. Check out some additional highlights from the weekend.

Men Masters 1 1. USA - 72 points 2. Germany - 58 3. Japan - 47

How To Make Powerlifting A Better Sport

Create: 04/25/2006 - 07:03
Dr. Squat posters suggest some changes which might make powerlifting a better sport. Is there anything new suggested? Are there any good ideas which could easily be implemented?

Get rid of the ridiculous rebound gear, but don't disallow all equipment that offers injury protection. Standardize the judging across feds. Televise. To garner appeal, bios of lifters and clips of them training, and talking about their training and personal lives to put some recognizable faces and personality to the sport. Personally I would like to see drug testing, but for the general population this particular aspect probably would not affect viewing. (ie People still watch Olympics and baseball, right?). Hot babes in bikinis holding signs above their heads to announce lifters and their # attempts! (This will not be a sport that appeals to women viewers anyway) Do whatever it takes to clean up the sport enough to qualify for the olympics. I think bodybuilding is losing whatever general popularity it had do the drugs and naricism of the sport. But still, people like to train and will look for other role models and goals to emulate. I think powerlifting could become much more mainstream.

Louisiana Tech Irondawgs Take USAPL Collegiate Nationals

Create: 04/24/2006 - 09:58
The Louisiana Tech University Irondawgs men's and women's teams captured the 2006 USAPL Collegiate Nationals. The Irondawgs Men's team also was national champion in 1978, 1985, 1986, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. The Women's team earned titles in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. Full results for the Collegiate Nationals are yet to be posted. Jon Magendie, Collegiate Committee Chairman posts highlights:

Back And Forth Between Rychlak And Mendelson

Create: 04/24/2006 - 09:02
Scot Mendelson takes his challenge of Gene Rychlak directly to Rychlak's forum. Mendelson:

GENE ,THIS SITE IS VERY IMPRESSIVE!!!!I THOUGHT I WOULD VISIT YOU AND YOUR FANS TO LET YOU KNOWIN YOUR FACE(THE LIFT WAS GOOD!!).I GOT ON LINE BECAUSE I KNOW YOU WERE TALKING SHIT BEHIND MY BACK,BUT NOT WHEN I CAME UP TO YOUR FACE!!!HAVE A LITTLE HEART TRAIN HARD SO I CAN SMOKE YOU IN JUNE AT THE APF NATIONALS.I WILL EVEN BUY YOUR PLANE TICKET AS I SAID BEFORE."WARRIORS,COME OUT TO PLAY!!"I WILL BE WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU WORLDS STRONGEST MAN. SINCERELY,A FAN "MENDY"

Snowbound With Dave Tate

Create: 04/24/2006 - 07:32
Jason Ferruggia and Dave Tate go back and forth in an impromptu interview which is a result of a layover caused by a snowstorm. Check it out for an entertaining and informative read. Stretching in the power rack:

Keep your shit out of my rack. The power rack is the temple of the weight room. It’s made for going heavy. I can live with doing chins, but keep your curls and stretching and duck unders the hell out of my power rack. Okay, while this is all said in fun, I do feel many have lost sight of what the power rack was intended for.

Trouble Getting Bench Shirt Sleeves Into Place

Create: 04/24/2006 - 07:11
A poster at the newer USAPL forum is looking for some tips on how to get his bench shirt on. Specifically, he can't get the sleeves past his elbows. He asks:

Does anyone have any suggestions that would help me get a Rage bench shirt up my arms. I have a H.D. Blast Shirt of the same size and it goes on with no problems. The difficulty comes when trying to get the shirt past my elbow and on to the upper arm. Thanks in advance for any help.

Bands & Chains For Raw Lifters?

Create: 04/23/2006 - 13:05
The use of bands and chains in training has become much more popular with there advocacy by Westside. But they're often associated with equipped lifting. A Testosterone Nation poster wonders if there's a benefit to unequipped lifters using them as well. The poster asks:

Was talking to a powerlifter at my gym the other day, and he mentioned that he thought bands and chains on the bench weren't much help for a raw lifter, because they work the lockout, while raw lifters usually have problems lower in the bar path. I knew bands and chains mostly worked the lockout and triceps strength, but does this make them a lot less useful for guys benching raw?

True to the Red, White and Blue

Create: 04/23/2006 - 12:50
Courtney Stanley of the USPF laments the confusion created when he's asked about the disparity of weights being moved in successful lifts performed by other federations and finds reconciliation with “The Gold Standard of Lifting” found at the USPF:

In todays fractured world of Multiple Feds...it is probably impossible to consider life with only one Fed. One set of rules for lifting performance, one set of rules for equipment, and one set of lifting garment standards. Lifters today pick their poison... Multi-ply.. single ply.. Raw.. Monolift..squat racks... strict rules of performance or not so strict.... or state fair lifting .. where it's all fair game.

Bill Kazmaier On The NERB

Create: 04/22/2006 - 11:50
Bill Kazmaier posts some strong words about the New England Record Breakers, the state of powerlifting today and equipment at Go Heavy. He criticizes what powerlifting has become and promises to return to the sport to support it if the powerlifting community makes NERB successful.

Thi is my first post on a powerlifting forum so bear with me.After a 25 year absence I'm returning to the sport of powerlifting one last time to try and make a difference.New England Record Breakers is the real deal.The way things used to be when powerlifting was on the rise and was being considered as an addition to the olympics.

Favorite Motivational Sayings

Create: 04/22/2006 - 11:15
A Testosterone Nation thread is gathering together the best motivational sayings. Here are some that they've come up with:

  • For every set and every rep you do, someone else, somewhere else is doing 1 more
  • The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it's impossible to turn back. The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you're a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.
  • Right now an 11 year old chinese girl is warming up with your max.
  • defy mediocrity

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