Kieran Kidder Now Allowing Some WPO Lifters To Compete In APF Seniors

Create: 04/06/2006 - 07:35
Kieran Kidder announces a change to a WPO rule that was just added at the end of March. Initially, the rule stated that any lifter who had competed in the WPO Finals could not compete in the APF Seniors. That's been changed to only restrict those who've finished in the top 5 in the WPO Finals in the past two years. Here's the changed section of the rule:

If you have come in the Top 5 in the WPO Finals in the past 2 years, then you can only do the APF Seniors as a Guest Lifter.

The old rule just instituted March 30 with the pertinent line:

If you have lifted in the WPO Finals then you can only do the APF Seniors as a Guest Lifter.

Would These Rules Be Helpful?

Create: 04/06/2006 - 07:10
Zane McCaslin trots out a couple of rules from the early days of the WPO at Fortified Iron. He asks for others to give their input as to how they view the rules. The rules would promote faster run meets, might discourage bombing and perhaps make strategy an even more important factor. McCaslin:

I was reading an old article from a back issue of powerlifting USA. When the WPO was first organized there was a few interesting rules. The one that I thought was a good idea was. If you miss an attempt you are not aloud to raise the wieght until that attempt was good. This I think would really make you think about your opener. It would me anyway. Does anyone else have any thoughts or input on this rule? Could a rule like this be a good addition to local meets as well? They also had speed lifting. Your first attempt was taken on a platform in the warmup area with 3 judges. When you make a lift your next lift can be on the big stage in front of the huge crowd if you miss your first and second attempt...... you are out of the meet and no glory for you on the big stage. I suppose this would take care of the problem of all the bombing in front of the crowd because they just wouldn't see it. Any input on this also....

Is Squatting Below Parallel A Mental Barrier?

Create: 04/06/2006 - 06:50
A poster is having some troubles getting his squats below parallel. In fact, he never goes that far and wonders if it's a mental thing:

When i do squats i never go below parallel or at parallel... feels like the weight will just crush me and all that will be left is a heap on the floor.. now i know this is paranoi... any tips.. or advice from people who used to this and changed there ways?

Gearing Up For New England Record Breakers

Create: 04/05/2006 - 10:51
I hope everyone has their tickets and travel plans lined up for New England Record Breakers meet!! As I type this we are now just weeks out from one of the best competition line-ups I have ever seen! I am fan of this sport and those huge numbers just like the rest of u, and I am telling u right now, there are gonna be some HUGE numbers at this meet! Sure there is no 1200 pound squat, or 900 pound benches... but I honestly foresee high 800 and 900 pound squats, and HUGE 600 plus raw benches!! " In the words of the cable guy, "Now that’s damn STRONG... I don’t cur who ya are!" I am just as excited to see these numbers as the rest of you are!

Can A Local Lifter Be Considered The Best?

Create: 04/05/2006 - 10:23
Brad Vargason, one of the best powerlifters competing at 181, has decided that he will lift mainly at local meets. On the one hand, he seems to want to distance himself from the politics that come with competing at the top level but on the other still wants to be considered the top 181 lifter. Can he expect other lifters to seek him out to compete? Shouldn't lifters have to compete at the sports top events, under the same judging standards as their rivals, and beat them to be considered the best?

Distinction Between WPO & WPC Championships

Create: 04/05/2006 - 06:30
Mike Sweeney offers his opinion on the distinction between the WPC and WPO Championship at the APF/WPC forum. Sweeney also comments on his apparent banning from Go Heavy.

To: The World Powerlifting Congress and Interested Individuals Subject: WPC vs. WPO I have been often asked the difference of one championship with the other. To me it is in the title. It is true that the WPO finals are held at the explosive Arnold every year and the amount of “total venue” causes sensory-implosion to most individuals. I don’t see the WPO finals anywhere else. The opportunity for exposure is tremendous. These showcase powerlifters mainly come through the semis, the WPC racks, and some selected outstanding individuals are given invitation, again I stress the word “outstanding”. All must be a certain proven caliber. The WPC championships are held in different countries and have a more involved selection process. Here in the states, we have local, regional, national meets that, from placement, lead to the world championships. The WPC championships have much more depth in terms of traditional weight/age/sex classes and lifters. To me both are GREAT and have their place! However when it comes right down to it, nothing takes the place of a WPC World Championship metal/trophy/certificate on the wall!

Head Judge On Shannon Pole-Summers' Record Bench Speaks Out

Create: 04/04/2006 - 10:27
The head judge on Shannon Pole-Summer's recent record setting bench press of 531 pounds is speaking out at the APA forum. Specifically, he's addressing some of the questioning that has surrounded Summers and the lift. Should family friends or family members be judging each others lifts in meet situations?

We've all seen the bashing on goheavy. We have seen the doubting and so forth. Well, I put my integrity on the line every time I judge. I was the head judge. Bottom line, the lifts were good. I made sure she paused completely motionless and hold the lock out. Probably cost her 550. She had it locked out and as I was calling for the rack, she had the spotters take it. I did this by the rules and to make sure that there was no question.

Bending The Rules In 100% Raw?

Create: 04/04/2006 - 10:00
Currently, the 100% Raw federation only allows World records to be set at national/world level meets. However, federation president Paul Bossi has extended an offer to any Canadians who attend an upcoming 100% Raw meet the opportunity to set World records at the meet, even though it is a state meet. Is the same offer open to Americans lifting at the meet? Does this signal a change of direction for record setting in 100% Raw? Do ad hoc incentives like this, used in order to grow an organization, have any place in powerlifting?

Which Powerlifter Influenced You?

Create: 04/04/2006 - 09:24
Monster Muscle has a thread looking at which powerlifters influenced others to begin powerlifting and competing. Lots of great names from today and yesterday being mentioned as inspirations.

Arnold got me lifting, Kaz made me want to powerlift, Ed Coan has influenced me since 1983, but right now I would say hands down it is Jesse Kellum.

USAPL Changes Date For National Bench Meet

Create: 04/04/2006 - 08:56
Jennifer Thompson of the USAPL announces a change in the date that the USAPL National Bench meet is to be held. This will be the second National Bench meet of the year and is tentatively scheduled for September. A national bench meet was just completed last month in Colorado. The ensuing discussion is a mixture of confusion, support and questioning whether two national meets can be held in the same year. As a little background, the IPF has changed the date of the World Bench Meet to May from a date in the late fall in which it has been traditionally held. More can be read at or Both sites have ongoing discussions concerning this matter. A date and location for the event has been announced.


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