When Should Kids Start Training?

Create: 01/31/2006 - 07:50
A poster at Dr. Squat wants to know at what age one can begin lifting weights. The replies suggest that that age can be very young but that the introduction should be gradual:

It depends not so much on the childs age but on there physical development. the way they train w/ weights must be based on there level of physical development not their age. that said i've seen videos of 6 year olds seriously practice olympic lifting, but i think they said it was mostly volume training and not alot of heavy weight.

Mimnaugh On Turning Down Lifts

Create: 01/30/2006 - 08:57
Billy Mimnaugh, who's on a posting rampage, comments at Go Heavy on lifters turning down a lift which judges pass. Mimnaugh:

I find it amusing how many guys say that they would not accept a lift if they thought it was no good but yet,I never actually see it happen.Could it be that many of these guys THINK all their lifts are good,everytime?I also REALLY find it funny that at no time have I EVER seen a lift that was turned down by the judges, but later reviewed on video by the powerlifting forums,proving the lift as being good,get reversed by the judges or meet promoters.Thats some fair system many of you have concocted.If its a good lift but gets reds,you must accept it as part of the sport,but if its a bad lift that gets whites its up to you to decline it for the sake of the integrity of the sport.We have the dumbest sport on the face of the earth.

There Will Never Be Money In Powerlifting

Create: 01/30/2006 - 07:59
Powerlifting will never make any money, will never appeal to a wider audience and should go underground. For all of you who support the Pro concept, this may come as disheartening news. Fortunately, it's just an opinion of a poster at Diablo Barbell. The poster writes:

There is no money in powerlifting. There never has been and there never will be. I don't think anybody ever got into this sport for the money. Nobody outside our tiny little circle of a powerlifting community knows what we do. They don't understand and have no desire to understand. The only people who like to go watch powerlifting meets or videos are lifters themselves who can relate to what is happening on the platform or on the videos. To everyone else it just looks like a bunch of guys doing the same thing over and over and over. It bores the hell out of 99.999999% of the people on the planet. Sorry, but when that's the case you aren't going to make any money. No sponsors will be interested and no one will get paid. Sure, there will always be the elite of the elite that can make a few bucks but nothing to really write home about. No one in the WPO is going to sign a multi-million dollar endoresement deal with Gatordae, Nike or McDonalds. And you know what? I'm fine with that. I lift to lift. Pure and simple. I love the feel of lifting heavy weights and getting stronger and that is more than enough reward for me. I love doing what most people can't do. All money does is corrupt sport and it seems like all people want to talk about on the internet these days is how to get more money in powerlifting. We have enough trouble with high squats and other questionable judging to even begin to worry about getting money involved in the sport. Most lifters even bitch at a $75 entry fee for a contest when they have no idea how much it costs to put one on. No one makes money off of putting on meets either. Leave the money for the NFL, NBA and MLB. Let them continue to beat their wives, have party boat sex cruises, hold out for even more money and bitch, whine and destroy teams when they don't get their way. Powerlifting doesn't need that but it is exactly what it would get if big money was involved. Go back to your roots, get the sport underground again, away from the masses, the internet fags and all the other a-holes who try to tear it apart and make it something that it is not. Love it for everything it is and everything it isn't.

Squats Hurting Shoulders

Create: 01/30/2006 - 07:49
A poster at Anabolex is finding that when squatting heavy he's having shoulder pain. He says:

I have been putting the bar a little farther back/down my back to keep me from leaning forward ,now the problem is ,I feel no discomfort in shoulders while in the gym ,but later the same day and for the next few days I cant get in a good upper body workout due to shoulder joint/socket pain Im guessing my arms are just being pulled/stretched to far back and/or in a weird position while squatting heavy.Im using a regular bar.

Update On New England Record Breakers

Create: 01/29/2006 - 12:06
David Cosnotti updates the competitor list for the New England Record Breakers being held May 6 in Amherst, Massachusetts at Gibson Powerlifting.

Full Powerlifting: Josh Bryant, Mike Miller, Aaron Lawrence, Steve Goggins, Brian Laudadio, Beau Moore, Donny Thompson, Travis Mash, Brad Vargason*, Phil Harrington*, Scott Albano*, Sean Culman, and Jon Bernor Bench: Mike Wolfe, Jeremy Hoornstra, Mike Green, Rob Luyando, Bill Carpenter*, Vincent Dizenzo, and Nick Winters Squat: Kirk Karwoski Deadlift: Andy Bolton, Brent Howard *Possible

New England Record Breakers (Update)

Create: 01/28/2006 - 19:59

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the New England area to check out the Mullins Center and obtain some local sponsors for this event. The UMASS campus is unbelievable and Mullins Center is even more impressive. The area has 5 schools and is home to more than 30,000 students. 2 of those are all female schools.

The Mullins Center is by far one of the best venues this sport will ever see. We will have the arena setup to seat around 5,500 people, all which can see the main stage where the action is. The facility will have 2 jumbo screens setup on both sides of the arena for enlarged viewing and instant replay. A direct feed will be sent to the pressroom so the athletes can watch the competition while they’re getting ready.

How To Get Hungrier

Create: 01/28/2006 - 07:34
Over at Ryan Kennelley's forum, Nick Winters posts that he is having problems staying hungry so that he can eat enough to realize his strength goals. He asks if there's anything he can do to make him hungry. A number of answers are offered:

you need to eat more often. smaller meals spread over the day. a good weight gainer can be a substitute. one trick i use is juice. i also take in a lot of olive oil. 2-3 spoons with breakfast. if you train hard and heavy then you should be a lot hungrier. i take in around 4 meals per day and 2 shakes. plenty semi-skimmed milk too

Smooth Descent In The Bench Press

Create: 01/28/2006 - 07:19
Billy Mimnaugh, over at Go Heavy, asks for thoughts on a possible rule change which might address many of the bombouts as a result of tight shirts. Mimnaugh says:

With all the bombouts on the bench due to tight shirts and guys not being able to get the weight down,do you think a rule that said "the bar must be brought down to the chest in one smooth motion with no stopping or hesitation",would clear up this problem.It seems guys get the bar down to their chests and then it hovers,moves side to side,stops etc.then,finally it touches[or not in the case of bombouts]and the guy launches it up.If guys had to bring it down directly with no jerking or stopping do you think this would help or hurt the sport?This would force guys to loosen up the shirts so they had to wear something that they could get down and not go into meets hoping something will touch.

Kidder Breaks His Silence

Create: 01/28/2006 - 07:11
Kieran Kidder, president of the WPO/WPC/APF, makes a reply over at APF Outlaws to the responses to his post on sponsorship, image and the future of powerlifting. Kidder has stated in the past that he will not respond to other posters. Apparently, the volume of responses to his post was so great it was unavoidable. Here's what Kidder says:

Since my most recent post about sponsorship/image I have been getting calls/e-mails wondering why I'm critizing powerlifters. This just proves my point that powerlifters take things way to personal!! Which resricts the sport from being all it can be. Gauging by the majority of the feedback it went right over most PL's heads. The difference between me and most PL's is I mentally carry myself in 2 parts, personal/business. Personal is just me being my powerlifting loving self. Business means I can take criticism about me/WPO, and not threaten to take my ball away by being to sensitive/pissy. I personally don't give a rats ass if everybody weighed 500lbs in the WPO if it helped them lift as much as humanly possible!! Financially speaking if it prevents the WPO from getting sponsorship I do care. Personally I'm proud as a peacock in the barnyard having BIGDADDY SQUATKING Jeff Lewis on the PLUSA Cover with 1201 burried!! But from a business standpoint if some insecure pencil pushing geeky marketing executive sees that he would be intimidated by it. His suit/tie sterotypically based reply would be, " I'm not sure that's the image our company wants to project." I more than anybody want to break free of the typical supplement sponsors who in the entire scope of corporate business are very small players. That's why I went with the Heart International route last year to get exposure outside the Strength/Fitness Industry so the whole image thing didn't matter. So for the record I'm not anti-shaved head,pro pretty boy, or upset with any certain lifter. I have no problem with our image as a powerlifter myself. This judgemental/superficial insecure society does. All you can do as a individual/lifter is start shaping your personality to have a business mentality, and a personal mentality. So when I post something there is no need to take it as a personal attack against the sport.

Meet Preparation Tips

Create: 01/27/2006 - 08:34
A poster at Wanna Be Big asks for some tips on preparing for his first meet. Some helpful suggestion are offered:

Always ALWAYS open with a weight thats lighter then the one you know you can nail. IE if you max out bench at 250 then do something like 185, just so your on the board. Then split the difference on your next attempt and go all out on your last. This way any curves that are thrown in can be felt out throught the three attempts. Kind of slack on the hydration until you weigh in, most times there are an hour to a few hours inbetween weigh in and lifting time. So basically nill the water weight down (if its a problem) until weigh in then hydrate heavily. If weight isnt a problem then make sure your VERY well hydrated from up to 2 days in advance. Eat a big meal of carbs right before you lift (again if weight isnt an issue). Its fuel man, and you'll be glad you have it. Sleep VERY well, get atleast 10 hours for up to 2 days in advance.

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