The Advantages Of Having A Home Gym

Create: 11/28/2005 - 13:16
A post over at Weight Trainers United looks at the advantages of starting a home gym. The gym the original poster builds cost $2500. He figures to make his money back in about 2 1/2 years. The advantages he cites:

  • There is the time savings of not having to travel back and forth to the gym.
  • being able to workout anytime, 24/7
  • you do not have to put up with the (how do I say this nicely?), heck, the idiots at the gym. People screwing around or yapping away on a cell phone while you’re trying to concentrate and prepare for a heavy lift. Or someone walking right in front of you while you’re going down on a heavy squat, causing you to lose your concentration and get buried. Or someone tying up the power rack doing curls while you’re waiting to do heavy squats.
  • being able to play whatever music you want.
  • I can put my chains where I want
  • I can also change into my powerlifting gear right in my workout area.

Leg Drive And Benching

Create: 11/28/2005 - 11:18
A thread over at looks at how to incorporate a leg drive into ones bench press. The original poster asks about the mechanics of using leg drive:

it seems to me that if you drive with your legs, your butt comes off the bench.

One of the members answers:

the idea is to position yourself so you can drive with your legs as much as possible without your butt coming off the bench. Check out the Metal Miltia bench set up for instance. Your feet are curled up under you on your toes, so you can push with your legs without worrying about your ass coming off the bench. There are LOTS of different ways to set up that can give you more leg drive. And it does make a big difference.

Who's The Best Powerlifter?

Create: 11/28/2005 - 08:30

Deepsquatter is taking a survey of who is, pound for pound, the best powerlifter of all time. Lots of votes so far for Ed Coan. Others tallying votes include Steve Goggins, Chuck Vogelpohl, Garry Frank, Brian Siders, Oleksander Kutcher, Arnold Coleman, Ron Palmer, Phil Harrington, Jesse Kellum, Brad Gillingham and Tony Conyers. Head on over there and offer your opinion.

Ed Coan Knee Rehab Interview

Create: 11/27/2005 - 17:34

Ed Coan is interviewed about the knee injury he sustained while squatting and his subsequent recovery. You've probably seen the video which captures the injury. If you haven't, here it is. Asked if he was scared about hitting the old weight, Coan said he was at first, but isn't any more. Coan says that his next meet may be during the summer of 2006. He suggests that it also may be his last.

A couple of other powerlifters are also interviewed about injuries sustained while lifting and their subsequent rehab.

Jesse Kellum Versus The USAPL & IPF

Create: 11/27/2005 - 12:31
WPO powerlifter Jesse Kellum in this thread over at Gibson Powerlifting questions the quality of lifting in the USAPL/IPF:

Who told you that the europeans were better than us? Because they can beat our 2nd tier lifters that compete in usapl.There are at best 3 lifters that would be able to compete with the wpo guys off of this years usapl team.And by compete,I mean being able to total within 100 lbs. of the winners.

The Worst Posters On Powerlifting Forums

Create: 11/26/2005 - 09:51
You should check out the fun going on over at the APF Outlaws board. As usual, there's a hornets nest being stirred up - they love this stuff over there. The original poster asks for opinions on who are the worst posters to powerlifting forums. Here are the current frontrunners:
  • Joe Dalton
  • Pete Bowlby
  • Mark Harris
  • Mike Sweeney

Bill Carpenter's Comments On Tiny Meeker

Create: 11/25/2005 - 10:23
In response to Tiny winning the drug tested WABDL Worlds, Bill Carpenter levels some accusations against him in the Bench Monster forum at Monster Muscle. Carpenter has since erased his comments from the thread. Here's part of what he said:

I just don't like the single ply drug free banner. It is bullshit sooner or later. I have seen so many guys like Tiny scream out loud Drug free. They pass so many test they start to believe themselves. Then they get popped and then they blame someone tampered with there pee!LOL! Gets old! Especially when you see it is trying to belittle the guys who do open meets. Who knows, he could truly be drug free. But in my honest opinion. I dont feel he is. My opinion. I am entitled to it! You just cant test for everything and you cant take peoples word for it. History has proved this.

Goggins Hammered For Big Iron Comments

Create: 11/25/2005 - 09:32
Goggins is being hammered in a number of threads and posts for his comments about Big Iron Gym found which I wrote up here. In Goggins cant' squat Vogelpohl's jockstrap you'll find beauties like this:

Chuck will eat you alive

Here he's also challenged:

Thing is now that Chuck's at 275 Steve knows he's lifting for 2nd and he can't handle it .....

How Do You Structure Deload Weeks?

Create: 11/25/2005 - 08:43
Most powerlifters have to, at least occassionally, put a deload week into their training schedule. However unwanted these are, they do serve an important purpose. Power and Bulk examines deloading. A good general summary by John Henry Brown:

This can be pretty open ended depending on the person. Some might do this very structured. I tend to take a deload week or two before a meet and any other time I think I need one... sometimes your body or your results just tell you it's time for a week off or at least a light week. For me a deload week can mean a lot of things. Sometimes it can be just a whole week off doing no lifting. It might just mean skipping one or two sessions that week. It might mean just doing an easier verison of an exercise. I usually just jump right back in after a deload week.

What Are You Thankful For?

Create: 11/23/2005 - 11:42
On this Thanksgiving eve that's the question being asked at Nazareth Barbell. Some serious and not so serious replies:

Yes, I'm half black (from the waist down).

That I didnt get the irish curse.

I am just thankful to live in the Us and have the freedoms we have.. I am thankful that today i got up and didnt have pain

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving holiday and gets to spend it with their loved ones.

100% Raw World Bench Press Championship Results

Create: 11/22/2005 - 20:00

Here are the results(pdf) for the 100% Raw Federation's World Bench Press Championship.

Some of the highlights. Will "the Chill" Lynch benched 450 at 181. Paul Bossi pushed up a 500 pound bench in the 220's. Michael Belk had a 570 bench in the 275's. John Self had a 360 push as a 165. A 405 by James Savage took the 198's. David Wilson captured the 148's with a 315 bench. The 132's was won by Melvin Perry. The largest coefficient for a man was taken by Lynch with a 2.49. La

Goggins Calls Out Big Iron Gym

Create: 11/22/2005 - 14:44
Steve Goggins calls out Big Iron Gym lifters in this Go Heavy thread. As you may know, Goggins is a North Georgia Barbell guy. It looks as though at least part of the issue Goggins has with Big Iron Gym is the lifts at the APF meet they just hosted where Jim Grandick set a new record total at 275. In the thread, he references holding his own meet:

Hey we can call it the Westside/NGBB open. Count me in, then we can become joke lifters also.


Can any of you squat below parallel? Do you really think I care what you or any of you think.

Publicity For Powerlifting

Create: 11/22/2005 - 10:40

A bit of publicity for the sport of powerlifting this weekend. Granted it wasn't national but neither was it bad. Television station KSDK in St. Louis broadcast Jeff Lewis working up to and squatting 1,000 pounds at a local sports bar. Jeff was then interviewed by the sports anchor.

Picture and camera phone video.

Thanks to the APF Outlaws forum.


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