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Firsthand Account Of Bombing At The Arnold

Create: 03/14/2006 - 09:32
Chip Tallman offers up his account of bombing at this years Arnold at Ryan Kennelly's forum. Although, each lifter who bombed will have his own story, it might be informative to see what went wrong for Tallman. Recent threads here and here also look at bombing.

I knew the warmup room was going to be crowded and was prepared for that. I got back stage an hour before the meet started. They moved the heavyweights to the first flight. Finally a bench showed up and I started right on it. I took a few very quick raw warmup sets and someone said "We are going any time now". I threw my shirt on (which is very tight) at that time someone said "5 minutes". I hit a real quick and f-ed up 2brd with #655 and that was it. I could not get my shirt all the way on/seeted and my opener almost landed on my face on the way down. This has never happened in my life and I use my shirt every week. Ten minutes later I took #705 again and just missed lockout after working the shirt on and wetting it down. My last workout at Detroit Barbell I smoked #745 and hit #705 for a few singles. The time I was given to warm up was equal to the time I usually have left after warming up before I lift. The lifter from the Ukraine before me way putting his shirt on for the first time as he was going on the stage! Some lifters I didn't even see warmup. My hats off to the lifters in the first flight that got lifts in!! 4 Total lifts made by #242 lifters. On my best day I might get #765, So I wasn't going to win but I sure would have liked to get a lift or two in. And No, opening with less would'nt have worked unless I opened raw. I opened with the lightest weight I can touch with my oldest shirt, a weight I can bench 100/100 times with proper warmup.

What's Gene Rychlak Doing Wrong?

Create: 03/14/2006 - 08:39
Gene Rychlak talks about the lack of money in powerlifting at his forum. In the thread, he notes that he's living on the poverty line. Why can't one of the biggest shirted benchers in the game earn even a modest living from powerlifting? Is it him? Or is it powerlifting? Or maybe some combination of both? Rychlak:

at the arnold, i finalized deals to write advice columns in a polish fitness and strength magazine which the name i do not know the english translation for . and also agreed to terms to also write for the new u.k. magazine "strongmanmag". they have been hot and heavy in their pursuit. which leads me ask the question, "if eastern europe and great britain want me to write about the bench, why doesn't america?" i've realized that any real money is overseas. so until this country wakes up and smells the coffee. i will go where i'm wanted. eastern europe,great britain and asia have cultures that revere strength so those athletes are respected and take care of. in this country, unless you play one of the big 4 . people look down on you and say you're wasting your time and efforts. GO FIGURE!

Pec Cramp While Deadlifting

Create: 03/14/2006 - 08:01
A Power and Bulk poster is a bit worried about a couple of recent occurrences of a pec cramp while he's been deadlifting. He describes the problem:

Last two DL sessions have experienced incredibly painful cramps in both pecs at pec/delt tie-in near armpit. First time I was lifting standard- second session switched to sumo to see if it would help. Was about 60 lbs from max weights. Has never happened before. Stretching before and after did not help. Both sessions had to be cut short because I thought I was going to tear something. Exercises in both sessions before DL were front squats and OH press. Is there some sort of form problem causing this? Am I "collapsing" my chest or something? Anybody?

Differences In Lifting Belts

Create: 03/14/2006 - 07:51
A poster at Bodybuilding.com asks what the difference is between cheap weightlifting belts and expensive powerlifting belts. He asks:

So... what is the real difference? I see cheap valeo belts (i think that is what they are called) at dicks but then look at inzer site and they got some up to 150 dollars. So.. what is the difference really? And what would you recommend for someone who doesn't compete (I hope to sooner or later) and doesn't have tons of money? Same thing for wrist wraps... what is the difference between cheap and expensive? and what would you reccommend?

Changes In Spotting Over The Years

Create: 03/14/2006 - 07:31
If you've watched video of some of the big squats of late, it's likely you've noticed how many spotters are up onstage with the lifter. Often there's so many that an unobstructed view of the lifter is difficult. Steve Denison wonders about the new style of spotting at the USPF forum. Denison:

I've noticed over the years that spotting in the squat has changed tremendously. I've watched video of Doug Young and George Frenn. In the video with Frenn in 1970, Peanuts West was the back spotter. Frenn was preparing to squat 843, I believe. Frenn backs out and sets up and then Peanuts West completely leaves the back of the platform leaving only the side spotters which you can't see very well on the video. They don't have their hands cupped under the bar. They are just standing there. The Doug Young video has 3 spotters but the back spotter doesn't have his hands around Doug's body like you see in some of the other feds. Many feds today and even in the USPF we have 5 or 6 spotters up on the platform crowding the area. I really think its time to let the lifter do the lift without excessive spotting and without arms wrapped around a lifter. If they dump it then so be it. Then maybe they will use less wt when it rolls over their head or off their back. Maybe more dumped bars will help many lifters realize they are going beyond their ability level. What do you think? I understand safety is a factor and I'm all for that. But spotting is not the same as it used to be. Should it?

Heavy Lifting Stunts Growth?

Create: 03/13/2006 - 09:11
Heavy lifting stunts growth... Is it myth or reality? A revived T-Nation thread tackles the question. The original poster wonders if there's any danger:

Hey I always hear about this big danger of weightlifting stunting growth in children or anyone for that matter who has not finished growing. I'm just wondering if there's anything to back it up or if it's just a myth people use as an excuse not to get in shape? On the contrary is there any research proving this wrong?

Sore Connective Tissue

Create: 03/13/2006 - 08:44
At Dr. Squat, they're looking at a question which we all have to ask from time to time. Workouts are going great, we don't want to back off or change things up but our body isn't feeling 100%. So what do we do? In this case the poster is experiencing soreness in a lot of connective tissue. The original post:

Ah, here I go again. Great workouts in the past few months and getting stronger. But the tendons are starting to talk back (knees, elbows, biceps). Beside ice, glucosamine and rest, is there any thing else to help the connective tissue recover? I don't want to take too much time off since I'm making good gains otherwise.

Do Shorter Arms Really Mean A Bigger Bench?

Create: 03/13/2006 - 08:03
A Bodybuilding.com poster wonders if it is true that short armed benchers have a natural advantage over long armed ones. Replies indicate the answer is a no brainer:

whats there to discuss? shorter arms equals less range of motion which shortens the distance you have to push the bar which means more you can push. case closed.

Form On Gym Pr's

Create: 03/13/2006 - 07:38
There's a discussion going on at Monster Muscle's new raw forum about what form guys use in the gym when attempting pr's. The original poster wonders whether the lift should count if it's not of meet quality. He says:

I've noticed with a couple of guys, DJ and teenpowerlifter, that you worry much less about form for your raw PR attempts than you would for an attempt in front of meet judges. I'M NOT KNOCKING YOUR LIFTS!!! You guys are both FREAKS for moving that much weight and those lifts you showed are awesome! Just know that I'm not trying to start a fight here. I'm just wondering how the majority of people do it. How much leeway do you give yourselves? Do people pause at the chest like at a meet, or do you do touch n'go? Does anyone try to get a bit of a bounce off the chest? Do you consider it a PR if you lifted your butt or if your foot moved? I'm reminded of my most recent "PR", a 445 lb sumo deadlift. I didn't have baby powder on my legs, and the friction on my legs was insane, even with warmups of 315 lbs. So, of course I got stuck 1 inch from lockout where my suit made a little roll of fat, even though the weight flew off the floor. I'm not sure, but I may have hitched to get past the friction (there was so much friction that my thighs actually bled from the contact with my wrists). So now that lift is sort of ruined for me, even though in my mind I had the strength to make it a good lift under better conditions.

Mike Sweeney On The Arnold

Create: 03/13/2006 - 06:58
WPO/WPC spin doctor Mike Sweeney sums up the WPO's recent performance at the Arnold over in the WPO forum.

“Always make your future bigger than your past.”(The Laws of Lifetime Growth) The WPO/WPC does NOT disappoint! Once again at the 2006 Arnold Festival Week in Columbus, Ohio proved to the super-nova of strength exhibition in the world. The final count was over 145,000 spectators. Once again the World Powerlifting Organization Finals was genuine powerlifting INSANE- HYSTRIA! In our giant separate powerlifting coliseum there was standing room only and the room could have been lit with camera flashes. I know Hercules had seven trials but, could he go nine for nine at the WPO finals? I doubt it! With Mr. Kidder it all comes down to three words, presentation, presentation, and presentation!

Thoughts On Why Powerlifting Is Special

Create: 03/12/2006 - 12:43
A couple powerlifters share their feelings on why the love powerlifting.

I like powerlifting because as an old guy I get to compete. My numbers are my numbers, whether it's one ply or three ply, the numbers are MINE. And if I do whatever number in a meet, then it's "official". I like powerlifting because as a sport, it seems to go against the grain in today's America. It don't see the soft "metro-male" at a meet. I am pretty sure there is absolutely nothing appealing about the sport of powerlifting to mainstream America. I see people who push themselves. Blood spurting from the nose. Eyes bloodshot from broken vessels all around them. Bleeding from the shin bone. Our sport is not a sport for the weak. Load the bar, load the gear and push.

Different Squat Rules For Big Powerlifters?

Create: 03/12/2006 - 12:32
A poster at Go Heavy wonders whether a different set of rules should be used to judge big powerlifters in the squat. She asks:

Another question: how do you judge someone with such muddled proportions? If the same rules that apply to thinner thighed lifters were applied to a guy with huge hammies and quads their hammiew would be touching thier calves.

A New Paradigm For Powerlifting

Create: 03/12/2006 - 12:01
Jay Gibson campaigns for a new and simpler paradigm for powerlifting. He proposes just four divisions: raw & tested, raw & untested, equipped & tested, and equipped & untested. Much of his argument relies on raw lifting attaining or having attained a certain level of support and there being little difference between single and multiple ply lifting. Gibson:

Can it really catch on? I mean a belt only. Personally I would like to see it. What I find redundant is the single ply feds. What does it mean anymore? Even if a limit is put on the gear, it has gone too far now. One can get a SHITLOAD of support from single layer gear. I think, if gearless lifting can really catch fire, then we should go with multi ply and gearless, along with a cursory, drug tested division of each. What do you guys think? Have I underestimated the gearless movement? Are they already a force?

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