WPO Bench Bash for Cash - Finland

Create: 11/06/2005 - 14:11

The results are in for the WPO Bench Bash in Finland.

Natalia Frolova took the women's division with a 209 pound bench.

For the men, Vladimir Chadkov won the Lightweights benching 584. Vitaliy Ponomarenko took home the Heavyweight crown with a 783 bench. Superheavyweights Vladimir Kravtsov and Kari Kalliola wound up tied with 761 benches but Kravtsov won on the tie breaker.

Gary Frank vs Andy Bolton

Create: 11/05/2005 - 16:08

A thread over at the APF Outlaws forum discusses the chances of Andy Bolton out totaling Gary Frank. Powerlifting legend, Frank's already has the individual numbers to put together a 2850 total. Billy Mimnaugh and others think Andy has an outside shot at 2825 in him. The knock on Bolton continues to be his bench press. Others think Jeff Lewis will be the one to break 2800.

Why are Lift Totals Rising so Dramatically?

Create: 11/04/2005 - 17:40

Billy Mimnaugh poses the question of why such big numbers are being hit in powerlifting today.

Proposed answers include improvement in equipment, pushing the drug envelope, easier judging, training improvements, breaking the mental barrier of pushing large weights and 48 hour weigh-ins. Personally, I think it's a combination of all of these.

Funny Gym Moments

Create: 11/03/2005 - 14:14

If you've worked out long enough, it's inevitable that you'll see some funny stuff while working out. There's a thread over at Power and Bulk recounting some of these hilarious stories. Off the top of my head, the funniest moments center around the Nautilus back extension machine. I've seen two people use that thing in ways that the company never imagined.

Overhead Pressing Work

Create: 11/02/2005 - 19:37

A lot of powerlifters have abandoned overhead pressing for fear of causing rotator injuries. However, a new school is suggesting that especially to support a raw bench, it is essential.

Monster Muscle has a discussion about adding overhead presses to support your bench. One of the leading proponents of overhead pressing is Vinny Dizenzo and he chimes in over in the thread.

Bench Bash for Cash Results

Create: 11/01/2005 - 19:28

The WPO has posted the Bench Bash for Cash results. Ryan Kennelly was the only Super Heavyweight not to bomb out. He posted an 854 bench. Kara Bohigian won the Women's division with a 325 bench. Fred Boldt conquered the Lightweight division with a 624 lift. The Heavyweights was won by Robert Luyando with a 728 bench.

WPO Semi Finals results for the Women, Men's Lightweight & Middleweights and the Mens Heavy & Super Heavyweights are also up.

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