Using Nose Torque

Create: 02/03/2006 - 08:11
Lifters approach their big lifts many different ways. Some like to be quietly focused. Other guys like to feed on their emotion. A poster at Fortified Iron wonders whether nose torque will be helpful in optimizing his focus for a coming record attempt. Some opinions:

I like'em but use them for the biggest lifts only. The record would be a good time. If you've never done them then do few in the gym first to see how you react. I'll kick it on my biggest lifts and it seems to make me angry (from the burn), focus me up fast, and lets me breath deep.

The Pro Concept

Create: 02/03/2006 - 07:47
Wanna Be Big has a thread where they're looking at the Pro Concept for powerlifting as well as making it an Olympic sport. Some of the poster's thoughts:

Powerlifting is like pretty much any other individual sport where the competition is in a meet format (track, weightlifting, etc). There isn't all that much interest in pro shotputting, either... There isn't much money in weightlifting, either. The 'getting it into the olympics' discussion is different. Getting powerlifting into the olympics will require unification, and require severe limitations (or elimination) of powerlifting gear.

NASA President Rich Peters Speaks His Mind

Create: 02/03/2006 - 06:54
NASA president Rich Peters responds to a post by Tom Isbell at the NASA forums. Isbell's original post and Peters' response were from this thread. Isbell:

Nasa seems to have a beef with everybody. son of light,usapl,apa,wpo and now north carolina. This is just my opinion: If nasa wants to grow and be more...It has to get more positive and talk about itself not others. Promote what you do well not what you think others do poorly. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Keeping Your Bench Shirt Down

Create: 02/02/2006 - 08:04
A thread at Fortified Iron looks at some ways to keep a bench shirt from riding up during set-up. There are some good tips in here for you shirted benchers. The original question:

After I pull the shirt down and buckle my belt it always seems to ride back up my chest no matter what i do...i keep my elbows back to keep it from moving, ive tried holding the shirt down with my thumb until im done setting up like ive seen the guys from iron island do...ive tried everything including how metal militia says to set up..any tips??

Things You Might Do Differently - Part 2

Create: 02/02/2006 - 07:41
Jim Wendler writes his version of things he would do differently as a follow-up to Bob Youngs piece. Wendler:

No good mornings as a max effort I think the good morning is probably the #1 exercise for building total back, glute and hamstring strength... But I really think that doing these for a 1RM (or even a 3RM) didn’t do a whole bunch for me. The point of max effort training is to strain and to handle heavy weights. The good morning is not an exercise that is conducive to straining because your form starts breaking down when the weight gets heavier. Plus, you end up ¼ squatting the weight. This defeats the purpose of the exercise.

Are Declines Beneficial?

Create: 02/02/2006 - 07:21
A Dr. Squat poster has some questions about decline benching. He asks:

What's the general consensus on decline bench pressing? From a previous thread I read flat benching actually works the lower pecs there any benefit particular to declines, or is our benching time better spent on flat/inclines?

Are Powerlifters Born Or Breed?

Create: 02/02/2006 - 07:03
That's the question asked at Monster Muscle. What do you think, are powerlifters born, breed or is it a combination of both? Lots of thoughtful responses:

I think a good coach can breed a lifter to reach National and maybe world level...Yet the best of the best or born... If you take a lifter with the BEST gear BEST coach, and match him up against a genetic freak, I would put my money on the genetic freak all day long

Using Technology To Aid Judging

Create: 02/01/2006 - 10:08
Football has instant replay, tennis has the line eyes, basketball allows video reviews at certain times. What about powerlifting? A Dr. Squat thread looks at whether some sort of technology might help in making judging decisions thereby resolving one of the biggest conflicts in powerlifting. Some thoughts on adding technology:

I had a conversation with a friend that thinks powerlifting meets will have video replays of lifts in the future to determine squat dept, ect. I think this is a good idea.

Bent Row Form

Create: 02/01/2006 - 08:16
A poster at Fortified Iron is using bent rows to help increase his bench press. However, he has some questions about his form when upping the weights. Specifically he asks:

I want to start going heavy on rows to supplement my starting point off of the bench, the problem is when I go heavy, my form suffers. I use the same grip as on bench and when I perform the concentric proportion, I can't seem to get the bar to touch my chest. I do want it to touch my chest right? How should I be doing these? 45 degrees, 90 degrees, or a comination thereof?... Can I get any opinions on this?

An Erector Shirt For Squats

Create: 01/31/2006 - 08:00
A poster is having trouble keeping his back straight while squatting. He wonders whether he should get an erector shirt to help with the problem. A couple posters suggest stretching to help the problem:

I don't know jack about shirts, but that sounds like using straps to fix a weak grip (except much worse). My biggest suggestion is flexibility. I used to have trouble going to parallel with a straight back, now I go A2G no problem. Become more flexible in the low back, hams, and ass, and your form will improve tremendously.


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