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

Proper Goodmorning Form

Create: 04/22/2006 - 10:49
A Bodybuilding.com poster is a bit worried about his form on max effort goodmornings. He's noticed that while doing them, he rounds his upper back and wonders if that's a problem. He says:

Hey guys, I've been using goodmorning triples for maximal work the last couple weeks and I had a question: When I start to get into the heavier weights on my last set or two, my upper back has a tendency to round itself a bit. It's not a ridiculous amount, but I can notice it. I was wondering if this is going to be a glaring problem for me or if it's acceptable for a little bit of this to happen.

Are Judging Standards Slipping?

Create: 04/21/2006 - 07:14
The Internet has spawned the age of a thousand judges. Each with a voice and an opinion. Often that opinion runs counter to what the light indicated at the meet. So who's right, the meet judge or the Internet judge? A Gorilla Barbell thread looks at whether judging standards are slipping or whether that's just the popular perception, and if they are, what can be done about it. The original post:

NOTE: As we have been forewarned by our esteemed leader, this is not to be a thread about particularly bad or good calls. Nor should it be a topic about which fed is more credible. TOPIC: A lot of comments have been made about judging standards. This is something of all ages (fondly remembering reading Glossbrenner making references to Hoffmann's catnap-pauses while judging the bench press), and all sports. I would like to discuss the following points: 1. Are judging standards truly slipping, or is it just that -- with the advent of electronic technology -- everyone can find something to comment on? So would the thigh riding of a DL by big-name lifters during the 70s have caused an uproar if the general populace would have had a video to comment on? 2. If there is something wrong with the judging of PL, what is the solution to the problem? Bitching and moaning unfortunately never really helps... so what suggestions do you have?

Keeping Elbows Tucked

Create: 04/21/2006 - 06:41
A Bodybuilding.com poster is having trouble keeping his elbows tucked while benching. He says:

I have noticed when I bench press close to maximal weight, I cannot keep my elbows tucked when I struggle. THey always flare out. This cannot be good for my shoulders/pecs at all. I think it is also cheating me out of weight. So my questions are: 1. Is this something I will just get used to and learn to stop doing or is there a weakness somewhere? 2. What can I do to fix this problem?

What Height For Rack Pulls?

Create: 04/21/2006 - 06:06
A Bodybuilding.com poster wonders how high the bar should be when doing rack pulls. Advice:

You can vary the height. The guys at my gym (competetive pl'ers) do 2, 3, and 4 pin pulls. Recently, someone built some blocks that the guys have been pulling from. They set the blocks under the weight. It's at about a 3 pin height. This is closer to an actual pull, as the bar is not hitting the pins and bending. The weight is htting the blocks, as it would hit the floor.

Training - An analysis by Rickey Dale Crain

Create: 04/20/2006 - 07:02
At the USPF forum, Rickey Dale Crain contemplates various training programs and approaches found on various web sites and message boards on the internet. He editorializes and makes some recommendations that some may find useful:

As I wander through all of the different weightlifting....powerlifting and strength training forums, one item seems to prevail.......the non-existence of a well thought out plan of attack on achieving the goals one has a desire for....but then it may be because there are no specific goals that have been set forth......

How To Get A 600 Pound Deadlift

Create: 04/20/2006 - 06:44
An Elite Fitness poster is looking for help getting his deadlift to 600. The ensuing thread gives solid advice on how to go about getting that deadlift. It also provies a good example of generally designing a training program for a more advanced lifter which analyzes weak points and prescribes a course of action to overcome them.

I'd like some help from the pull monkeys on this board. I have an idea of what I want to do, so I'll post a rough draft that is open to modification. As I see it, it's my lower back that's my weak point. I base this estimation on the fact that I get stuck at my shins when I fail, and the fact that I can box squat more than I can deadlift (which, to me, would indicate that my hips are plenty strong, relatively speaking)...

An Explanation For Bench Bombs

Create: 04/20/2006 - 06:15
At the CPU forum, posters are discussing possible reasons why there were so many bench bombouts at the recent CPU Nationals. A total of 43% of the powerlifting and 48% of the bench only benches were no good.

Besides the obvious, here is my analysis, there were many missed bench attempts with the bigger weights because of the Ivanko bar. It is a great bar to squat for a single on and to deadlift on because of its whip and flex, but it hurts the lifter performing the bench when there is big weight on the bar.

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