Top 5 Pros And Cons Of Powerlifting

Create: 12/08/2005 - 12:18
Fortified Iron admin Kyle asks for everyone's top 5 pros and cons of powerlifting. Pros:

  • Being bald and tattooed and looking normal to your peers.
  • if it was not for the gym I most likely would have gone insane by now
  • Getting a PR is the greatest feeling outside of sex.
  • The cool ass people i have met in this sport
  • Being able to push myself harder
  • lifting heavy stuff is fun
  • The feeling of a huge PR
  • fellow PLers consider me a middleweight.... at 265.
  • It keeps me from killing homeless people with a hammer.

Tommy Fannon Comments On Kidder's Remarks

Create: 12/08/2005 - 09:30
Tommy Fannon, owner of the APF Outlaws forum responds to Kieran Kidder's remarks found in this post. Fannon starts by setting a new anti-trolling policy for his forum:

We have far too many stupid trolls cluttering the board. We will start deleting stupid trolls. Everyone loves a good troll. If you have what it takes, feel free to troll. If you are an idiot or just making personal attacks that can't at least bother to be funny, go elsewhere. I recommend Gibson's. He has a no-delete policy. Waay too many people are posting garbage and the use of a real name is such a remote concept that the community is dissolving. I would like to build that back up here. We have a huge readership. The dilution of good posts is hurting us though. Time to fix that.

Harsh Words From Kieran Kidder

Create: 12/07/2005 - 11:52
Kieran Kidder and Mike Sweeney have been doing a bit of posting this week both defending and touting the WPO/WPC/APF. Their posts are, at least partly, a defense against recent attacks from around the powerlifting world about judging at WPO/APF meets. They also serve to present the WPC/WPO as the 'new powerlifting' and the way forward. It remains to be seen whether a Kidder-like vision of powerlifting will win out over an IPF or raw vision.

How Do You Know If You're A Powerlifter?

Create: 12/07/2005 - 09:40
There's a very funny sticky over at Curtis Dennis' MetalRage forum which offers guidance on how to determine whether you might be a powerlifter. According to the thread you're a powerlifter if:

  • if you cant count past 5 but can multiply by 45 in your head
  • if you have ever paced back and forth in front of a loaded bar before a set to intimidate the weight
  • if you check squat depth by using the toilet
  • if more then 5 reps per set is considered cardio
  • if you have ever wondered about the protein content of dog food
  • if you think about your next meal while still eating one
  • if your friend say during a meal"how are you going to ever be a superheavyweight when you eat like a 308"
  • if hearing someone at your gym say i just want to tone puts you in rage
  • If you ever have to negotiate steps side stepping down them.
  • consider helping your friend move as GPP
  • If you've ever dropped your pencil on the ground and had to decide whether you were gonna go sumo or conventional to pick it up.
  • if everyone else in the gym hates you

Marcus Schick's Results From The IPF Bench Worlds

Create: 12/07/2005 - 09:09
Go Heavy is discussing Marcus Schick's recent fourth place finish at the IPF Bench Press Worlds in Sweden. Schick is widely regarded as one of the best benchers in the world. Many wonder why he hit a bench that is lower than raw numbers he's put up. Some theories are that he was competing at 148 versus his usual 165, he hurt his neck during training, he just had an off day and he didn't have the luxury of the equipment that he wears in the WPO. Some great lifters come to his defense in a follow up thread.

Training To Failure

Create: 12/06/2005 - 12:16
Most lifters, when they first begin working out, train to failure. Of course, many never deviate from that. On the other hand, powerlifters have come to view training to failure as a way to slow down progress. An Elite Fitness poster wonders:

I've trained every exercise of every workout to failure, and this was how I could guage whether or not I needed to increase the weights... Not training to failure is something completely new to me so I'm not quite sure how I would know to increase the weight used unless I had some sort of failure mechanism to know if my strength has gone up or not... How should that guy know when to increase?

Benedikt Magnusson´s Deadlift Routine

Create: 12/06/2005 - 11:28

A member over at Power and Bulk has taken the time to translate Benni Magnusson's deadlifting routine from a German forum. Benni performs deadlifts every week.

An interesting part of his training are what are referred to as Jeff Jet Method deadlifts. This movement starts as a high rack pull, then the pins are removed from the cage and the weight is put down and picked back up. This allows the lifter to lift more weight than he might be able to if initially pulling from the ground.

600 Pound Raw Benchers

Create: 12/06/2005 - 06:56

Thanks to Ryan Kennelley's Bench Monster forum for pointing to Irongame's list of of all the men who have benched over 600 pounds raw. So far this has been accomplished 38 times in competition by 33 different lifters. Eight men have gone over 650 and two (Scot Mendelson and James Henderson) over 700.

Here are the 33 lifters who've accomplished this:

  • Scot Mendelson
  • James Henderson

Rotating Max Singles Work

Create: 12/05/2005 - 12:16
Power and Bulk examines Westside Barbell's use of rotating max effort exercises. Specifically, the original poster wants to know about rotating 90%+ singles exercises. A point is made about how the original poster's plan isn't exactly the classic Westside approach:

Going in and doing a few singles with 90% is not the same thing as classic WSB ME work. On ME work you go to 100%. They even advocate going to a miss.

Some poster's doubt there's a time limit to doing an exercise at or above 90%, instead there are other reasons why Westside's template of switching up ME exercises works:

I think the reason WSB works (if used properly) is more down to exercise slection hitting one's weak points rather than the CNS being spared.


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