WPO's First Member

Create: 12/16/2005 - 08:42
Over at Gibson Powerlifting, Tim Bruner is quizzing the locals. His question, who was the first person to sign up with the WPO? The answer will surprise you. Guesses so far:

  • Anthony Clark
  • Ed Coan
  • Dondell Blue
  • Jesse Kellum
  • Steve Goggins
  • Wade Hooper
You'll have to visit the thread for the answer!

Mike Sweeney's (WPO) Arnold Rant

Create: 12/15/2005 - 10:16
Mike Sweeney, WPO/WPC spokesman has just released his latest thoughts at Go Heavy. While hyping the Arnold Classic and the WPO, he takes the opportunity to slam the IPF and almost every other federation in America.

My ARNOLD CLASSIC BLOG… You got yearnin’ and I got burnin’ Muddy Waters lyric….I can’t wait to go! The CLASSIC! Year seven for me… We are going “FULL MONTY..total POWERLIFTING exposure..NO smoke..NO mirrors..NO fear! I ain’t foolin’ ..you need schoolin” another Muddy Waters lyric… message to the other organizations..starting making your excuses why the WPO lift BIG,BIG weight. The old ones are really OLD! Bigger lifts…Insane attempts…Surrealistic numbers.. ..the Classic HOTTIES..Ouch! Words too mild to describe THE CLASSIC…crazy, deranged, wild, frenzied, demented, out of one’s head, possessed..ETC! Words that don’t describe THE CLASSIC…backyard, mirror-image meet…small rewards..only person in class...six people in audience…no motivatin’ music, small warm up room…not enough weights…and of course FRIKKIN’ BORING! “You better not lift somewhere else or else”…or”we can’t look at any new technology in equipment for two years.” Bullshit!…PATHETIC!!!!lift somewhere else… anywhere else…WHO IS THE LIFTER AND WHO IS THE ASS-WIPE don’t you deserve something better….( I read the ipf congress notes) HINT: The bottleneck is at the TOP of the bottle!!!!!!!

Out Of Meet Drug Testing

Create: 12/15/2005 - 10:02
Performance enhancing drugs are front and center as a sports issue these days. From the IOC to Major League Baseball to the Bush administration they don't seem to leave the news. It's quite obvious that drug testing lags drug usage. One method designed to catch more users is out of meet testing. A poster over at the APF Outlaws forum complains about the USAPL's out of meet drug testing policy:

in the USAPL this guy can come to your house and test you or at a meet that is not his.Get Fucking real you "Drug Free" guys are being ran like this guy is your dad... I'll be damned if I wanted to lift in the USAPL a person could come to my door or see me on the street and test me.

Who's The Strongest Lifter Under 200 Pounds?

Create: 12/15/2005 - 06:34
That's the question being asked over at Monster Muscle. Sometimes the lighter guys don't get the fame or acknowledgement of some of their bigger counterparts. Now's the time to give them their props. So far the list includes:

  • Oleksander Kutcher
  • Brad Vargason
  • Phil Harrington
  • Jesse Kellum
  • Mike Bridges
  • Markus Schick
  • Ed Coan
  • Brian Schwab
  • Tony Conyers
  • Sam Byrd
  • Jay Fry
  • John Inzer
  • Rickey Dale Crain
  • Nick Hatch

Bench America

Create: 12/14/2005 - 08:12
The Bench America idea is an exciting one. Gather up all the best benchers from every federation and have them go head to head in a bench off. Throw in cash and television coverage then mix in some hype and bang, a topnotch event is born. In practice, the event is a little tougher to organize. Where will the rules come down on drug testing? Will it be raw, single ply or unlimited equipment? Other rules have have also alienated some lifters. So far, there's still no word on this year's event. Monster Muscle is currently discussing Bench America. Most posters are upset at the evolution of the format:

The first one was done right;bring your best shirt,all Feds. on one stage, No hoakie drug test to cause contraversies and just see who has the best bench! It's went to shit since then.

What Are Your Tunes Of Choice For Lifting?

Create: 12/14/2005 - 07:44

That's what a thread over at Anabolic Minds asks. Nothing like some good music to heighten workout intensity. Here are some of the favorites:

  • AC/DC
  • Slipknot
  • Linkin Park
  • Eminem
  • 50Cent
  • Ludacris
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Disturbed
  • System of a Down
  • Korn
  • Guns N Roses
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Mudvayne
  • Godsmack
  • Iron Maiden
  • Judas Priest
  • Pantera
  • DMX
  • Metallica
  • Pennywise
  • Black Sabbath
  • Slayer
  • Tool

WDFPF Worlds Results

Create: 12/13/2005 - 18:55

The unequipped and equipped results have been posted from the WDFPF World Championships held in Turin, Italy. There were a few American but no Canadian lifters.

Steven Brown took second in the 319 unequipped class with a 1,502 pound total. In the process he benched a WDPFP World Record 451 pounds.

Judith Gedney totalled 589 pounds, which included World Records in each of her three lifts on her way to winning the 97 pound equipped class.

The Positive Side Of Powerlifting

Create: 12/13/2005 - 11:52
On the Internet, powerlifting can sometimes come across negatively; often appearing as a sport divided, chock full of infighting and rampant pettiness. But we all know that powerlifting is a much more positive sport in so many ways. One of those ways is illustrated in this Iron Addicts thread.

I think far too often we as powerlifters / bodybuilders fail to recognize the fact that we are blessed to be healthy enough to do what it is that we love to do. I myself never took the time to recognize those who are NOT as fortunate in life either physically or mentally.. The experience was unbelievable, and it made me realize how much I have taken for granted. I never thought what it would be like if I could NOT physically bend down to DL....without help from a prosthetic limb. I never thought what it would be like to bench, but not be able to hear the rack command. I learned these things today from athletes that obviously gave 110% on every single lift, and were just happy to BE there. I never saw a group of people more genuinely HAPPY, and supportive in my entire life... It was so inspiring to see men and women who had every right to be pessimistic, depressed, and sad about life, yet were so optimistic, and enthusiastic... So I say to all of you.....don't lose sight of how lucky we all are to be healthy, both in mind and body. Don't forget how lucky we all are to fully involve ourselves in the sport we love. For some people....powerlifting is the only time where they can be TRUELY respected for what they do, and who they are....

The Importance Of Spotters

Create: 12/13/2005 - 11:41
Spotters are like insurance, something we don't think too much about until the time comes when we need them. But like insurance, they can become real important, real quick. Many of you saw 1,015 pounds get out of the groove and fall on Gene Rychlak recently. Probably most have seen an incident in competition or the gym. A Monster Muscle thread reminds us of the importance of spotters.

I think we all get a little too comfortable (from time to time) and forget that the wights our people are lifting could easily kill.

Did You Achieve Your Goals For 2005?

Create: 12/13/2005 - 08:39
2005 is rapidly winding down. It seems like a good time to step back to see how many of the goals we set were achieved. A Bodybuilding.com thread asks members just that. There are some posts by lifters not meeting their goals, mostly due to injury.

im weaker than i was at the beginning of the year.

Others had a more fruitful year:

I just started lifting in September, an I really didn't set any goal other than to get stronger, and that I did.

My goal was to turn myself into a sick mother frickern and not listen to any "nay sayers". I have succeeded and am looking forward to plenty of steel, rest, and gains next year.

When Is Raw Really Raw?

Create: 12/13/2005 - 07:35
An interesting discussion is going on over at the 100% Raw Federation's forum. Fed president Paul Bossi is looking for lifter input about allowing lifters to use knee and wrist wraps. From the current 100% Raw Federation rulebook:

In RAW meets only a leather belt may be worn with a non-supportive singlet. No other supportive gear may be worn. This includes, but is not limited to, wrist wraps, knee wraps, tape applied around a limb or finger, supportive lifting suit, supportive briefs, supportive shirt.

Keep Your Butt On The Bench

Create: 12/12/2005 - 11:56
A poster at Iron Addicts has a problem which many benchers can relate to, keeping the butt on the bench when benching heavy. Some good tips are offered:

Try several different set ups, and then find what works for your benching style. Try spreading your legs. Try bringing them in and squeezing the bench between them. Try flatfooted, and try a big arch with your feet behind you (I do this, but I also get my heels on the floor). If you bench flat-footed, try this little trick: lift up your big toe. This helps a lot of lifters keep their ass down, and also helps them get tight. Keep experimenting and trying new things. Who knows, in the process you may come up with an original idea that works for you.

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