can you still get good numbers after years of hard work without juicing?
with good genetics, good diet, smart training, yes you can get very strong and be very competitive in powerlifting w/o steriods. Will you make the freaky gains as fast, NO. Will you get as strong w/o the steriods, NO. But you can be a successful powerlifter w/o steriods. You will need to compete in the right organizations though. You will have to compete in actual drug tested organizations. Sad to say there really aren't many out there...
Personal preference. I always loaded the bar that way as well but after I started training with a crew that competed I was instructed to load the first plate face in and the rest face out as per the rules of the APF Federation that we lift in. As far as a technical reason, I don't know of one.
I have always been in it. There was no getting into it. I remember getting a weight set for Christmas in 1981. That was the gif and day that changed my life forever. As I was going through my education I had an advisor and he would tell me there would be no money or success to come from lifting weights and I had to focus on other things. What they did not see was that my focus and passion was set and I knew there would be a way to get what I truly wanted. So while they are still working in their crappy offices trying to destroy childhood dreams - I am fucking living mine!
Powerlifting like all sports ceases to be about true sport and athletics the moment $MONEY$ is introduced! The very nature of sports is changed and it becomes a matter of "ENTERTAINING" the crowd. The wrestling establishment was the first and only sport (if you call it that) that realized this and reinvented itself to become the $BILLION DOLLAR industry it has become. In order for powerlifting to thrive it must adapt to its audience and decide if it wants to be a grassroots "fan" based sport or a "MASS-APPEAL" sport for a larger audience! You cant have it both ways. If its all about $$$ then go for the mainstream audience and entertainment value. "BUT" if its about the real power-fans then stick to pure lifting and forget about the sponsorship game! Sponsors give you money and then you become their "whore" doing what your told and taking away your rights to make your own decisions. THERE ARE ENOUGH PEOPLE AT THE ARNOLD WATCHING THE "BENCH MEET" ALONE TO PAY FOR THE PRIZE $$$ AND KEEP THE MEET ABOUT THE FANS AND LIFTERS AND NOT COMPANIES!... There are enough spectators (3000)? to make up the difference instead of crybaby sponsors!
Over the years i have been involved in many differet sports at many different levels and one thing they all had in common was support from the companies within the sport itself. When was the last time Inzer, Titan, Crains, or Metal put up some $$ for the WPO? After all this event is there biggest advertisment as everyone wants to know what the biggest lifter was wearing. If gear companies want to survie i suggest they start giving a little more back!
i shake going down and i feel like my knees and ankles are going to fold over. i was telling my freind about this and he said that he squats barefoot all the time and it made him stronger, anyone have an opinion or help they could offer me.
NEVER...only during warm up. i have been benching for over 20 years now and no longer need the raw training. all raw training will do is open me up for injuries. as i talked about in other posts, i use a terd shirt until about 30 days out from competition. the terd shirt gives me supprort but makes me handle the majority of the weight. then i switch to dial in the meet shirt. i don't recommend this to the beginner and mid level lifters becuase they need to build their core and tendon strength. i've already done that.
I'm having trouble getting the dbs in position when doing incline db presses and seated db shoulder presses. Is there an easy way to get them into position? Once I get them up, I can easily do the weight. I just look like a retard trying to get it up. I think it is holding me back on how much I would actually do.
it will not work, the reason being as bands are going to be ruined from a phenomenon known as stress relaxation, this is where a force is applied to the band, over time, the band's tension decreases causing it to become less effective. Almost all polymers exhibit this charachteristic, as do some metallics and other materials. It is a form of creep.
A lot of people give him crap because of his meets: no singlets required, almost no pause on bench. But he helps get a lot of people into the sport and doesn't charge much for doing it week in and week out.
I have heard that different feds have varying rules on legal depth. Putting the debate about judges discretion aside for a moment, is this really true? IPF - Hip below top of knee APF - Hip in line with top of knee
"We are not attempting to discredit any equipped lifters or lifts that they performed." Thats funny. Most of those envolved have openly bashed gear and current powerlifting.