Bent Row Form

Create: 02/01/2006 - 08:16
A poster at Fortified Iron is using bent rows to help increase his bench press. However, he has some questions about his form when upping the weights. Specifically he asks:

I want to start going heavy on rows to supplement my starting point off of the bench, the problem is when I go heavy, my form suffers. I use the same grip as on bench and when I perform the concentric proportion, I can't seem to get the bar to touch my chest. I do want it to touch my chest right? How should I be doing these? 45 degrees, 90 degrees, or a comination thereof?... Can I get any opinions on this?

An Erector Shirt For Squats

Create: 01/31/2006 - 08:00
A poster is having trouble keeping his back straight while squatting. He wonders whether he should get an erector shirt to help with the problem. A couple posters suggest stretching to help the problem:

I don't know jack about shirts, but that sounds like using straps to fix a weak grip (except much worse). My biggest suggestion is flexibility. I used to have trouble going to parallel with a straight back, now I go A2G no problem. Become more flexible in the low back, hams, and ass, and your form will improve tremendously.

When Should Kids Start Training?

Create: 01/31/2006 - 07:50
A poster at Dr. Squat wants to know at what age one can begin lifting weights. The replies suggest that that age can be very young but that the introduction should be gradual:

It depends not so much on the childs age but on there physical development. the way they train w/ weights must be based on there level of physical development not their age. that said i've seen videos of 6 year olds seriously practice olympic lifting, but i think they said it was mostly volume training and not alot of heavy weight.

Mimnaugh On Turning Down Lifts

Create: 01/30/2006 - 08:57
Billy Mimnaugh, who's on a posting rampage, comments at Go Heavy on lifters turning down a lift which judges pass. Mimnaugh:

I find it amusing how many guys say that they would not accept a lift if they thought it was no good but yet,I never actually see it happen.Could it be that many of these guys THINK all their lifts are good,everytime?I also REALLY find it funny that at no time have I EVER seen a lift that was turned down by the judges, but later reviewed on video by the powerlifting forums,proving the lift as being good,get reversed by the judges or meet promoters.Thats some fair system many of you have concocted.If its a good lift but gets reds,you must accept it as part of the sport,but if its a bad lift that gets whites its up to you to decline it for the sake of the integrity of the sport.We have the dumbest sport on the face of the earth.

There Will Never Be Money In Powerlifting

Create: 01/30/2006 - 07:59
Powerlifting will never make any money, will never appeal to a wider audience and should go underground. For all of you who support the Pro concept, this may come as disheartening news. Fortunately, it's just an opinion of a poster at Diablo Barbell. The poster writes:

There is no money in powerlifting. There never has been and there never will be. I don't think anybody ever got into this sport for the money. Nobody outside our tiny little circle of a powerlifting community knows what we do. They don't understand and have no desire to understand. The only people who like to go watch powerlifting meets or videos are lifters themselves who can relate to what is happening on the platform or on the videos. To everyone else it just looks like a bunch of guys doing the same thing over and over and over. It bores the hell out of 99.999999% of the people on the planet. Sorry, but when that's the case you aren't going to make any money. No sponsors will be interested and no one will get paid. Sure, there will always be the elite of the elite that can make a few bucks but nothing to really write home about. No one in the WPO is going to sign a multi-million dollar endoresement deal with Gatordae, Nike or McDonalds. And you know what? I'm fine with that. I lift to lift. Pure and simple. I love the feel of lifting heavy weights and getting stronger and that is more than enough reward for me. I love doing what most people can't do. All money does is corrupt sport and it seems like all people want to talk about on the internet these days is how to get more money in powerlifting. We have enough trouble with high squats and other questionable judging to even begin to worry about getting money involved in the sport. Most lifters even bitch at a $75 entry fee for a contest when they have no idea how much it costs to put one on. No one makes money off of putting on meets either. Leave the money for the NFL, NBA and MLB. Let them continue to beat their wives, have party boat sex cruises, hold out for even more money and bitch, whine and destroy teams when they don't get their way. Powerlifting doesn't need that but it is exactly what it would get if big money was involved. Go back to your roots, get the sport underground again, away from the masses, the internet fags and all the other a-holes who try to tear it apart and make it something that it is not. Love it for everything it is and everything it isn't.

Squats Hurting Shoulders

Create: 01/30/2006 - 07:49
A poster at Anabolex is finding that when squatting heavy he's having shoulder pain. He says:

I have been putting the bar a little farther back/down my back to keep me from leaning forward ,now the problem is ,I feel no discomfort in shoulders while in the gym ,but later the same day and for the next few days I cant get in a good upper body workout due to shoulder joint/socket pain Im guessing my arms are just being pulled/stretched to far back and/or in a weird position while squatting heavy.Im using a regular bar.

Update On New England Record Breakers

Create: 01/29/2006 - 12:06
David Cosnotti updates the competitor list for the New England Record Breakers being held May 6 in Amherst, Massachusetts at Gibson Powerlifting.

Full Powerlifting: Josh Bryant, Mike Miller, Aaron Lawrence, Steve Goggins, Brian Laudadio, Beau Moore, Donny Thompson, Travis Mash, Brad Vargason*, Phil Harrington*, Scott Albano*, Sean Culman, and Jon Bernor Bench: Mike Wolfe, Jeremy Hoornstra, Mike Green, Rob Luyando, Bill Carpenter*, Vincent Dizenzo, and Nick Winters Squat: Kirk Karwoski Deadlift: Andy Bolton, Brent Howard *Possible

New England Record Breakers (Update)

Create: 01/28/2006 - 19:59

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the New England area to check out the Mullins Center and obtain some local sponsors for this event. The UMASS campus is unbelievable and Mullins Center is even more impressive. The area has 5 schools and is home to more than 30,000 students. 2 of those are all female schools.

The Mullins Center is by far one of the best venues this sport will ever see. We will have the arena setup to seat around 5,500 people, all which can see the main stage where the action is. The facility will have 2 jumbo screens setup on both sides of the arena for enlarged viewing and instant replay. A direct feed will be sent to the pressroom so the athletes can watch the competition while they’re getting ready.

How To Get Hungrier

Create: 01/28/2006 - 07:34
Over at Ryan Kennelley's forum, Nick Winters posts that he is having problems staying hungry so that he can eat enough to realize his strength goals. He asks if there's anything he can do to make him hungry. A number of answers are offered:

you need to eat more often. smaller meals spread over the day. a good weight gainer can be a substitute. one trick i use is juice. i also take in a lot of olive oil. 2-3 spoons with breakfast. if you train hard and heavy then you should be a lot hungrier. i take in around 4 meals per day and 2 shakes. plenty semi-skimmed milk too


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