Of Course I Return My Plates To The Racks

Create: 11/21/2005 - 13:55
An Elite Fitness poll asks whether lifters return their weights to the racks after they're done with them. Some of the responses:

I workout at home so I would only screw myself if I did not clean up afterward.

If you are strong enough to take them off the rack, then you are definately strong enough to put them back!

Meeker Wins WABDL Worlds

Create: 11/19/2005 - 22:47

Tiny Meeker has taken the 308 pound weight class in the WABDL Worlds being held in Reno, Nevada. Meeker ended up with an 870 pound bench. He then gave a couple attempts at 900 with no luck. Steve Wong hit his 815 opener but missed his next two attemps at 870 and 881.

The 242 class saw Jason Jackson nail a 793 bench.

In the 220's, Gunny Green broke the submaster World Record, first benching 606 pounds then 618 pounds.

More to follow.

Thanks to the folks at Iron Gladiator and

Will Money Corrupt Powerlifting?

Create: 11/19/2005 - 07:53
As some money has started flowing into powerlifting it's natural to think that the future will bring more. The state of the sport right now doesn't guarantee that. However, that doesn't stop speculation over at Monster Muscle about the influence money may have on the sport. Vinny Dizenzo says:

I have won money in this sport and I can say it definitely makes it better. Anyone who says money is no good for the sport probably has no shot at earning it.

The New Face Of Powerlifting

Create: 11/18/2005 - 16:56
Gibson Powerlifting and APF Outlaws are discussing the same posting about powerlifting not evolving but rather changing into a new sport altogether. The original poster points out that world records in a number of Olympic events have increased up to 4% over the past 25 years. Olympic lifting records have increased an average of 5%. However, powerlifting records have increased much more dramatically:

Squat: Coan (1020) '99 to Lewis (1201) '05 - 18% - 6 YEARS Bench: Mendelson (825) '03 to Rychlak (1005) - 22% - 1 YEAR!!!!!! Total - Coan (2463) '98 to Frank (2805) '04 - 13% - 7 years

Deadlifting And Rounding Your Back

Create: 11/18/2005 - 16:16
From the first days of deadlifting and squatting we're constantly told not to round our backs. A thread at Bodybuilding.com examines the truth in that statement as it relates to rounding the upper back during deadlifting. Rounding of the lower back is unanimously viewed as a no-no. One poster asks:

So its not a requirement to keep your lower back and upper back in a straight line with your shoulders pushed back?

Pulling Sumo Or Conventional - Which One

Create: 11/18/2005 - 09:39
Those new to powerlifting and deadlifting in particular, often wonder which style of deadlifting they should use, sumo or traditional. There's a thread at Iron Trybe which tries to help one decide which is better for them. The posters lay out some great guidelines to tell which you might be better suited for. They also point out that conventional puts greater demands on the back and sumo more on the hips. edoggpower offers up some good insights:

A lot depends on height, arm length, belly size, and back strength compared to hip strength... Go with the feel and see how you do. You can train to be strong at both, but this is something you will figure out in time.

Are Powerlifting Judges Always Correct?

Create: 11/17/2005 - 16:43
Lately, we've heard a lot of negative talk about judging at powerlifting meets. Much of that was spurred by the recent WPO meets. In fact, Marc Bartley who bombed out at the Semis in Finland, had a few choice words for the judging. Of course the negativity certainly is not confined to that federation nor those meets. Iron Trybe is currently discussing powerlifting judging. Asked if judges are always correct, NickW responds:

NO, not at all. They are human and can make mistakes too, but they seem make a few more for the big name lifters.

Shannon Hartnett And Losing Idealism

Create: 11/16/2005 - 16:28
The drug suspension of Shannon Hartnett prompted a thread at Power and Bulk about letdowns members have felt from icons in the sporting world. Some of these moments center around the uncovering of performance enhancing drug usage. Other times it's a case of discovering the reality of the icons actions differs significantly from their public image. Cayvmann waxes philosophical in responding:

You put people up on pedestals and they tend to fall.

The thread takes a detour though and addresses the question of when and why powerlifting has lost its innocence.

Why Did The Russians Dominate IPF Worlds?

Create: 11/16/2005 - 10:13
The United States has some of the strongest lifters in the world. So how did the Russians destroy the American team at the recent IPF Worlds in Miami Florida? Monster Muscle is discussing that question. RedneckPL provides quite a few possible answers:

- Siders wasn't there. That's one first place finish we lost. - The USAPL seems much more strict than other nations on drug testing. - The powerlifting base is much more diluted here. .


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