The Ultimate Raw Meet

Create: 01/21/2006 - 08:33
The New England Record Breakers is a raw meet being held on May 6 at the University of Massachusetts' Mullins Center. The meet is being organized by the Atlantis Foundation. It will include both a full powerlifting meet and single lift competition. The meet is invite only with cash prizes awarded to top three in each weight class and anyone who breaks a record. The invite list reads like a who's who of powerlifting. Currently, a number of lifters have accepted their invitation. If a good deal of the others accept, this has the potential to be the meet of the year. And it will be all raw. Derosier mentions that if there's a lot of interest they may also include a female division.

Arnold Classic Judging

Create: 01/20/2006 - 08:08
With all the talk about juding in the WPO over the past year it'll be interesting to see how strict it is during the Arnold Classic. It could go a few different ways. One would be business as usual and ignore the comments and opinions from around the powerlifting world. Another would be to cave to public pressure and be super strict with the judging. With Kieran Kidder's trailblazer mentality and goals for the WPO, don't be surprised if the former is the case. Zane McCaslin at Fortified Iron makes some comments about potential issues with the AC judging as well as the inevitable second guessing of that judging that will occur:

Who will bitch first about the judging on the squats at the Arnold Classic. I bet it will be someone watching a video in front of their computer, eating fuckin cheese puffs. Here is another thing to think about. Will the judges at the WPO fall victim to peer pressure and OVER judge the squats? What I am saying is, will the judges be afraid of getting bashed, and make everyone squat below required depth, and throw alot of red lights to good lifts. If this happens will there be alot of bombouts in the meet. Which brings us back to that original bitch.

Bench Shirts For Women

Create: 01/20/2006 - 07:45
It's often one helluva task for a man to shoehorn into a tight bench shirt. It only makes sense that for women, their different proportions should be reflected in the design of a bench shirt. A shirt made for a man probably won't work as well for a women. A Monster Muscle poster offers up her dilemma:

Does anybody know if they make special shirts for women and if they do where I can get one? I cannot currently wear a shirt because if I can get it on over my chest it is too loose to do any good. Any help would be appreciated!

Shirt Training For A Raw Bencher

Create: 01/20/2006 - 07:38
Most shirted benchers will train their bench raw. Some even primarily train it that way. But what about raw benchers training with a shirt? Is there any benefits to that type of training, like injury prevention? A poster at Ryan Kennelley's forum wonders about that. A handful of the responses:

why wear a shirt if you are not competing with one? If your lockout is weak just do some boards or rack lockouts without the shirt.

Use Soccer As A Model To Grow Powerlifting?

Create: 01/19/2006 - 09:14
USAPL President Larry Maile posts the following over at the USAPL forum:

This past weekend, I met and had a conversation with the Director of Coaching of Alaska Youth Soccer. They were holding the second of three Olympic Development Program Mini-Camps here in Alaska. We discussed the organization of soccer in Alaska, etc. What was amazing to me is that there are 10,000 kids playing soccer in Alaska. 10,000. They start with U6's, moving up to U19's at the top end. They oversee multiple clubs. To be a club, they have to have at least four teams competing. There are 10 clubs (I think), and the one that my daughter is in has a dozen in her age group, and age groups above and below as well. They all compete in several tournaments each summer, as do the top teams from other clubs. There are coaches at each level, and programs to get people involved in coaching, refereeing, recreational coaching, etc. AK. Youth Soccer is self-funded, via memberships. They have generous corporate sponsors, including Alaska Airlines. They bring coaches from "outside" up to run clinics, as do many of the clubs. In short, a growing concern. What lessons are there in this for us? BTW, U.S. Soccer is as well organized as any country in the world despite the facts that we don't have government funding, the depth of professional leagues, or as much in the way of media coverage. There are more than 2 million kids playing soccer in the U.S. What a pipeline for future growth. LJM

Is The Bench Press Good For Functional Strength?

Create: 01/19/2006 - 08:53
Most everyone in the gym likes to bench press. The first question you're often asked when someone finds out you're a weightlifter is "how much do you bench?". The bench press has attained a certain status, but is it deserved? For instance, a poster at Dragon Door wonders whether the bench press builds functional strength. The answers are somewhat mixed but come down on the side that there are many other lifts which produce far better functional strength gains:

Depends on what function you need. plan on pushing something heavy off of your chest? True it is the classic chest exercise and I'm sure there is a reason for its dominance in about 90% of peoples training plans but I just never got it. To answer your question I personally dont feel it is a very functional exercise.

Official Gym Morons Thread

Create: 01/19/2006 - 08:37
Elite Fitness has an ongoing thread which is being used to chronicle the wierd things which are seen in the gym. Check it out for a chuckle or perhaps a groan. Here's a few of the stories:

Several sets into my squats I loaded more weight, unracked the bar, walked out, set my feet and... Somebody is tapping my back!!! I ignore the taps and squat deep. As soon as I hit bottom I realized I was still being tapped on the back! WTF!!! Pause at top and somebody behind me is saying: "Buddy, buddy, yo buddy." Okay next rep I go down and this fool is now yelling at the top of his lungs for me to listen to him. I rack the weight and you can imagine the look on my face when I turn around. The guy says: "Your going to hurt yourself. The bar should rest on your shoulders and don't go past parallel." Briefly I thought about shoving a 45 up his ass but instead said "Hmmm... good advice. Why don't you show me? I'll spot you." The guy said he was just trying to keep me from hurting my self and walked off.

Forearm Pain

Create: 01/19/2006 - 08:16
A poster at Ryan Kennelley's forum is experiencing some forearm pain. He writes:

Been hitting the weight pretty hard the past couple of months, and I seem to have done something to my forearms. The underside specifically. No problems during benching, but when I curl, do lat pull downs and bent over rows it feels like they are going to tear. Don't realy work my grip to speak of cant figure out what the hell is going on. Been icing and heating back and forth to no avail. Did a deload week last week and really didn't touch that much weight since it was time to give the CNS a breather. I usually work up pretty heavy on the trap bar shrugs, but 315 made the forearms feel pretty ragged. This happen to anyone else? What did you do to get this cleared up? The pain is not in the elbow, more like 4-5 inches from the elbow, in the middle of the forearm (palm side down). Feels more of a muscular-ligament problem but in the middle of the forearm. Did speed bench today with no trouble, but it seemed to be a little sore. After that I did some triceps with moderate weight, and it felt like some of my fingers were going numb. I also felt a little ligament popping in my hands when I squeezed them. I know about tennis elbow all too well, or some variation of it since I have played baseball and softball my whole life. I am no professional but I would say that I am 95% sure that this is not tennis elbow. A little confused.....

Early Deaths Of Powerlifters

Create: 01/19/2006 - 08:04
A thread at Dr. Squat looks at the premature deaths of powerlifters. Its start was stimulated by a PLUSA article by Marty Gallagher. His conclusions why powerlifters suffered early deaths included obesity and bad diet, steroids and other drugs, and genetics. Some thoughts:

Powerlifters, we eat big, sleep big and lift big. AFter being in competitive powerlifting for a while one will make an assessment of your own physical body. Meaning if you are under 6 foot, you will probably have to get to 242lbs, which is a lot of weight for someone 5Æ‹". If you are over 6 foot, you had better be 300+ to be competetive with those leverages. This all entails eating big to gain the weight and muscle to be strong/competitive and it takes it toll on your body.


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