Rack Pulls And Deadlift Stance

Create: 04/11/2006 - 07:02
Brian Schwab answers a unique question at Elite FTS about deadlifts and what stance to use when doing partial reps like rack lockouts if you deadlift sumo style. The question:

Do you do you rack lockouts with a sumo stance or conventional? It seems that with sumo more than conventional anything i can get off the floor i can lockout.

Schwab:

Yes, I do all of my deadlift training with a sumo stance. Some lifters like to alternate with conventional to get more back work in, but I prefer to stick with my competition stance. My preference for partial movements is more to stimulate my CNS to adapt to heavier weights than to actually increase my strength. I really don't have a particular sticking point in my deadlift. At this point I can't pull 700 off the floor, but it's an accomplishment for me to move it.

Raw Classification Standards Set

Create: 04/10/2006 - 08:06
A set of Raw Powerlifting Classification Standards (pdf) has been set and adopted by 100% Raw and the AAU. Pending adoption is the ADAU and other unequipped federations. The Women's and Men's standards reflect wearing only a singlet and belt and being drug-free:

RAW WOMEN'S POWERLIFTING CLASSIFICATION CHART Wt. Class 97 105 114 123 132 148 165 181 198 198+ ELITE 543 581 623 665 703 773 853 895 960 1012 MASTER 491 529 567 604 637 702 759 815 871 918 CLASS I 440 477 511 543 572 632 684 736 920 825 CLASS II 394 422 454 483 511 562 609 651 698 736 CLASS III 342 370 398 422 445 492 529 572 609 642 CLASS IV 295 319 342 361 384 422 454 487 525 553

What Kind Of Training Gets You Stronger?

Create: 04/10/2006 - 07:39
There's an interesting thread at Fortified Iron asking members what type of training gets them stronger. In the mix are intensity levels, volume, dynamic work and lifter type. The question:

I had a very interesting conversation today with some people who are pretty well rounded in the world of strength. We were having a discussion on what makes you strong. So, my question to all of you is: What makes you strong Are you more of an explosive lifter that benefits greatly from DE work Do you respond well to high volume or low volume Do you respond well to high intensities coupled with high or low volume What rep range works the best for you Are you more of a brute strength lifter?

Close Grip Bench Higher Than Regular Grip

Create: 04/10/2006 - 07:19
A Power and Bulk poster is confused because his close grip bench press is similar to or stronger than his regular grip bench. He wonders what particular weakness this may indicate and how to address it. The original post:

've been doing some close-grip presses in the rack, from a dead stop in the bottom position. It's a fairly new exercise for me so I've been adding weight slowly, however I decided to play with some singles yesterday after my workset. I managed to press 92.5kg, and I'm sure fresh I could have got 95+. My confusion is that my current bench max is pretty much exactly the same (95kg), done touch-and-go. The CGRP starts maybe 1" off my chest with grip at about 16" (torso width). Now I know my bench is rubbish, and it has always been my weakest lift (I pressed 77.5kg full ROM overhead - which is >80% of my bench 1RM - last workout). My question is what does this discrepancy point to (I'm guessing weak pecs?) and how should I structure my training to remedy it? My bench has always been a bit of an embarrassment for me, so I'm tempted to move my grip in a bit, but I fear that doing this is avoiding the problem and not addressing it!

CPU Executive Says Enough Is Enough With Bench Shirts

Create: 04/10/2006 - 07:05
The Director of Public Relations for the CPU, Mike Armstrong, comments in the CPU forum about an incident at this weekends CPU Nationals. Armstrong's conclusion is a bench mishap is a result of the shirts that are being made today and that it's time to challenge there usage. Armstrong:

There was lots of great lifting including national and World records, a few significant bombs, like Hector Aguilar, Jamie Emberly and Shawn O'Halloran but to me the most significant event was a near tragedy. Sean Brown, a veteran lifter from Ontario, came out for his second try at 245.5 kg in the bench, for a record, got it part way up, the lift got away from him and came crashing down, right on his teeth. It happened so fast the spotters had no chance to catch it. When they pulled the bar off him, Shawn started bleeding profusely from the mouth and was helped off the platform. Paramedics were called and Shawn was taken to a local hospital within a few minutes. We heard back later that Shawn has lost some teeth, and needed stiches, but thankfully there was no damage to his jaw. I think the time has come to challenge the use of the supportive shirts. Yes, we all like to lift more, but the weights are getting so big that any slight deviation from the ideal path and the lifters lose control of the bar. I fear that accidents like this are going to start happening more and more. Is it worth it?

Some NASA Members Give Their Take On Lifting In The USAPL

Create: 04/09/2006 - 12:23
Some of the NASA faithful participated in the USAPL's Bench Press Nationals in Denver, Colorado and share their experiences in the NASA forum. What's the purpose of the posts in this thread? Is it to attack the USAPL? Is it to cover their butts for having lifted outside of NASA, a federation that makes it clear that it doesn't support lifting in other organizations? Is it to scare other to not do the same?

We are so lucky to have NASA as our Drug-Free powerlifting organization ! NASA the organization with a brain, which treats its members with dignity, and creates a genuine atmosphere of respect, professionalism and friendliness. NASA without a doubt is the Best ! After two days at an ipf sponsored bench press nationals in Denver, the above thoughts were never more evident to me.

Mendelson's Challenge To Rychlak

Create: 04/09/2006 - 12:02
Scot Mendelson issues a challenge to Gene Rychlak in a thread about the video of his record setting lift. Brad Vargason was recently hammered pretty hard for doing the same thing to Ron Palmer, Phil Harrington and Arnold Coleman. Mendelson is getting the same treatment. Are challenges to other lifters, by there very nature, sure to bring criticism? Or is it the way both have gone about it that stirs up resentment? Is the drama good for powerlifting? Mendelson:

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT.I LOCKED IT OUT EASILY.GORDON SANTEE MADE ME HOLDIT FOR EXTRA TIME SO EVERYONE WOULD FINALLY REALIZE THE LIFT WAS GOOD.WHEN GENE IS ALL HEALED UP I FORMALLY CHALLENGE HIM.HE WILL ONCE AGAIN FOR THE THIRD TIME BE INVITED TO THE MENDY CLASSIC.WITHOUT HIS BENCH AND HIS OWN SPECIAL WEIGHTS(WHICH HE BROUGHT IN DISPITE THE 3000 LBS OF WEIGHTS THAT WERE ON HAND AT THE IPA WORLDS.THAT HE STOPPED THE WORLDS FOR THREE HOURS AND DISRUPTED EVERYBODYS LIFTS.YEAH YOU DID IT UNDER REAL MEET CONDITIONS MY ASS.COME GET BACK WHAT YOY SAY IS RIGHTFULLY YOURS FAT BOY!!!!)I AM SICK OF YOU TALKING SMACK BEHIND MY BACK SO LETS GET IT ON.IF YOU ARE WELL I WILL BE AT THE APF NATIONALS IN LAS VEGAS IN JUNE TO BREAK MY(YES MY)ALL TIME WORLD RECORD.LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED PLANE FARE.NOW WOULD SOMEBODY PASTE THIS SHIT ON ALL THE SITES SO FAT BOY GETS MY MESSAGE.SEEYOU IN JUNE GENE!!!! MENDY

Matt McCase Announces Multiple Nationals Event

Create: 04/09/2006 - 11:40
Matt McCase announces that the USPF will hold a combined Junior, Master's, Women's, and Senior Nationals this year in addition to the Strength Challenge. The meet will be held August 12 in Parkersburg, West Virginia. McCase:

The USPF has decided to allow me to hold a multi national event this year. For one time only the best Master lifters in the Nation, the best Junior lifters in the nation, and the best Women lifters will be lifting along side of the best in the OPEN division as well. Thats right you have: Junior Nationals Womens Nationals Master NAtionals Senior Nationals and the Strength Challenge where I am giving away 5,000 cash on the spot to the person who pulls the most over 750 and bench presses over 550 will receive 2500 a piece. Entry will be available very soon. Make sure you are a part of this event. We have a few guest lifters who will be named on June 1st. If anyone has any questions please contact me at 304 376 2432 or email me at mccase@yahoo.com

Is It Possible To Do A Local Deload?

Create: 04/09/2006 - 11:34
A Fortified Iron poster asks an interesting question about deloading a particular lift rather than doing a complete deload. He wonders if it's even possible:

as i've said above im just recovering from a back injury and sq's and dl's have only been back on the menu for a few weeks, so far progress is good and lower body training feels great. Benching has been consistent for a while as it wasnt really affected by my back problem. However the last couple of ME bench workouts have gone downhill somewhat and it feels to me at the moment like I really need a deload but only on my upper sessions. My point is this, is it possible to do a 'local deload' ? All my deloads in the past have been global and a chance for my CNS to recover from 6 weeks (or whatever) of heavy lifting. At the minute im following a modified WSB program for bench and a simple 5x5ish type thing for lower. How do the WSB guys deload, with respect to sets/reps/%'ages on the DE/ME days? Do they ever split their deloads or are they all about global recovery?

Ron Palmer Versus Brad Vargason

Create: 04/08/2006 - 12:03
Ron Palmer responds to some of Brad Vargason's recent claims that he's the best lifter at 181 and that other top sub-200 pound lifters are ducking him. Palmer:

First off, I think you should slow you roll... I've spoken with you a few times, but I fail to remember ANYTHING that would lead you to believe I'm ducking you. And I'm pretty confident the same goes with Phil and Arnold. Obvioulsy you have put together a HUGE total and congrads on that. Yet alot of these guys you are calling out have put up SEVERAL huge totals over the past few years. And Kutchner does not lift like us. He is single ply (no briefs), same suit for squat/deads (looked loose to me). You wear double canvas and I assume briefs under (like me, phil). You think you are stonger than Kutchner???? Nothing against you, but facts are...You are NOT the strongest under 200lbs. Before you make such claims, BEAT SOMEBODY. Me, Phil, Arnold or whoever. You can't live off of ONE meet. Good luck to you... Lastly, I will say this ONE MORE TIME...I can give you your medicine at 181 or 198...lol By the way, was nice meeting you at the Arnold...

Forearm Pain While Pushing And Pulling

Create: 04/08/2006 - 11:25
A Monster Muscle poster is experiencing some forearm pain while doing pressing or pulling exercises and is looking for help. He says:

hey guys i need some help. Everytime i bench or do any kind of press movement or pull, my forearm always starts to hurt. Its been bothering me pretty bad for awhile now and im hoping someone can give me some idea as to what it might be and what i should do about it.

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