1. Get rid of bench shirts. I am not anti-gear by anymeans but everyone has to admit bench shirts look rediculous and have gotten out of hand. When I have shown "normal" people my videos from meets the first thing they say is "What are you wearing?"... This would also solve two other problems. Namely not having muscular winners and frequent bombouts. The bench shirts are the reason for a majority of the bombouts... Also with bench shirts gone you would have more of the muscular, more marketable guys doing well. Look at the best powerlifters from the era before bench shirts. Almost all of these guys were stacked. Kaz, Arcidi, Pacifico, etc.
Lat pull-downs is a great exercise to mimic the pull-ups. Pull-ups are definitely harder, but you can build up weight on the pulldowns until you have sufficient strength to properly perform pull-ups.
Your squatting you have missed the first 2 attempts you need your third to stay in the meet,You cut it 2" high and you know it. The judges give you a gift and this gives you the 1st place trophy in your wieght class. *would you accept the lift and rejoice at your achievement *would you accept the lift but turn down the placement *would you accept the lift and bitch about bad calls after the meet *would you decline the lift to take you out of the meet
If you lift in a meet and you know you have squatted high but get whites,do accept the lift?It seems some are under the impression that you should somehow decline the lift to protect the integrity of the sport.In all my years of lifting,I have seen only two guys decline lifts,Anthony Clake and Bill Crawford.I have never seen any other lifter do this so tell me what you would do.
I just started using the hook grip. I find I can hold on to less weight this way than conventional. Of course, this was only my second day trying it. Do the thumbs get numb to the point of not interfering? It feels like it's going to slip out, the bar that is, is this just a rookie problem? Any advice, or tips would be much appreciated. The weight I am training with is suffering, cuz I can hold on to less in this manner.
Our sport will never get the money that is available out there because we are too fractured. We have twenty different federations. Everyone has their own agenda. Too many chiefs and not enough indians. If fed owners could pull us all together we would have a collective voice in the marketplace. Instead we will just make this about looks gear and drugs. Meanwhile other sports have all of those issues and still manage to find the money. I posted on GoHeavy to Arthur Jones about bowling. It is most certainly not a sexy sport, but there seems to be enough money to go around for them.
can you still get good numbers after years of hard work without juicing?
with good genetics, good diet, smart training, yes you can get very strong and be very competitive in powerlifting w/o steriods. Will you make the freaky gains as fast, NO. Will you get as strong w/o the steriods, NO. But you can be a successful powerlifter w/o steriods. You will need to compete in the right organizations though. You will have to compete in actual drug tested organizations. Sad to say there really aren't many out there...
Personal preference. I always loaded the bar that way as well but after I started training with a crew that competed I was instructed to load the first plate face in and the rest face out as per the rules of the APF Federation that we lift in. As far as a technical reason, I don't know of one.
I have always been in it. There was no getting into it. I remember getting a weight set for Christmas in 1981. That was the gif and day that changed my life forever. As I was going through my education I had an advisor and he would tell me there would be no money or success to come from lifting weights and I had to focus on other things. What they did not see was that my focus and passion was set and I knew there would be a way to get what I truly wanted. So while they are still working in their crappy offices trying to destroy childhood dreams - I am fucking living mine!
Powerlifting like all sports ceases to be about true sport and athletics the moment $MONEY$ is introduced! The very nature of sports is changed and it becomes a matter of "ENTERTAINING" the crowd. The wrestling establishment was the first and only sport (if you call it that) that realized this and reinvented itself to become the $BILLION DOLLAR industry it has become. In order for powerlifting to thrive it must adapt to its audience and decide if it wants to be a grassroots "fan" based sport or a "MASS-APPEAL" sport for a larger audience! You cant have it both ways. If its all about $$$ then go for the mainstream audience and entertainment value. "BUT" if its about the real power-fans then stick to pure lifting and forget about the sponsorship game! Sponsors give you money and then you become their "whore" doing what your told and taking away your rights to make your own decisions. THERE ARE ENOUGH PEOPLE AT THE ARNOLD WATCHING THE "BENCH MEET" ALONE TO PAY FOR THE PRIZE $$$ AND KEEP THE MEET ABOUT THE FANS AND LIFTERS AND NOT COMPANIES!... There are enough spectators (3000)? to make up the difference instead of crybaby sponsors!
Over the years i have been involved in many differet sports at many different levels and one thing they all had in common was support from the companies within the sport itself. When was the last time Inzer, Titan, Crains, or Metal put up some $$ for the WPO? After all this event is there biggest advertisment as everyone wants to know what the biggest lifter was wearing. If gear companies want to survie i suggest they start giving a little more back!
i shake going down and i feel like my knees and ankles are going to fold over. i was telling my freind about this and he said that he squats barefoot all the time and it made him stronger, anyone have an opinion or help they could offer me.