Training Alone Or With A Partner

Create: 04/26/2006 - 07:14
An old Elite Fitness thread has been revived which asks whether posters train with or without a partner, why one works better and how does that effects motivation. Responses:

I workout alone, I like the challenge of mentally psyching myself up and having the pleasure of inflicting maximal effort without help. Its good to be able to motivate yourself. I hate people who talk to me, infact I dont talk to anyone, if they try and talk to me I give them a one word answer then ignore them. I AM THERE TO TRAIN, NOT TO FUCK ABOUT. Most people dont talk to me now, they think I am ignorant, I am not I am just focused. In the gym I am in control of my destiny and my world, there is no fat shit telling me what to do like at work, I am my own god, I think this moment should be relished. I dont need a workout partner or want one.

Losing Grip Strength

Create: 04/26/2006 - 06:58
A poster at Wanna Be Big has tried to address his limited grip strength by upping the amount of grip work he does. The result is that he's lost even more grip strength. Now he wants to know what's going on:

I looking for some advice.. or maybe some experience with the following... Since around the first of the year, I have been having problems with my grip strength... as in loosing what limited strength I had before. I am now having problem with my grip and doing pullups, Shrups and especially Deadlifts.

Is Soreness A Sign Of A Good Workout?

Create: 04/25/2006 - 09:12
A Power and Bulk poster has noticed that he never seems to get sore from doing shoulder presses even with heavy weights or high volume. Replies suggest soreness shouldn't be used as an indicator for a successful workout:

not going heavy enough, or not doing enough reps. Soreness doesn't always mean productive either. You can be really sore and get nothing out of it, and the opposite is sometimes very true.

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?

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