My Home Gym

Create: 12/23/2005 - 09:35
Jim Wendler's newest article is out over at EliteFTS. In it he describes how he and two other guys setup a home gym. Or more accurately, in this case, a garage gym - a rented one car garage gym. For all you lifters looking to abandon your commercial gym this new year take a look. Here's what Wendler says are the most important thing to know:

  • Get a space
  • Use plywood and carpet
  • Account for the weather
  • Get the minimum equipment and expand from there
  • Get reliable training partners

Find Powerlifting Gyms At Powerlifting Watch

Create: 12/22/2005 - 14:14

Powerlifting Watch has just added a new feature. Now, you can search for powerlifting gyms from across the US and Canada right here at Powerlifting Watch. You are invited to suggest any powerlifting gyms or powerlifting friendly gyms which you own, workout at or know about. You don't have to be a registered user to make a suggestion. Your input can make this a great resource for other lifters. Also, feel free to leave comments about any of the gyms you find here. These comments can help other lifters decide if that gym is right for them.

Steroids As A Lifestyle

Create: 12/22/2005 - 10:38
There's an interesting interview over at T-Nation with a powerlifter about his steroid use. Some of the points worth noting is that this lifter started taking steroids when he was 14 (he didn't know what they were and they were given to him by a football coach), he's been using them for over 20 years, he never cycles off or tapers his use, he never expects to stop using, and he's apparently healthy. On side effects:

I think certain people are predisposed to certain side effects. I never had a problem. I do remember my nipples would hurt once in awhile. You'd be in a bar and someone would brush against you and you'd want to rip their head off.

Another Mountaineer Cup Qualifier Added

Create: 12/22/2005 - 10:23

Another event has been designated a Mountaineer Cup VIII qualifier. It is the 2006 Texas Powerlifting Federation State Championships. The meet will be held in Austin, Texas on March 25. Check out the Texas Powerlifting Federation website for more details.

Also check out Gibson Powerlifting and Go Heavy for threads about the event.

Herb Glossbrenner Needs Your Help

Create: 12/22/2005 - 08:20
Herb Glossbrenner is a fixture in powerlifting, serving as its official statistician and historian. Herb recently had a stroke and is reaching out to the powerlifting community for help. Herb is 63 years of age and until the stroke, continued to train for powerlifting meets. Here's the Go Heavy post asking for help:

Herb, Joe & I want to thank everyone who sent good wishes and a special thank you to Louie Simmons and Amy Weisberger for their donations to Herb's recovery fund. But we need more help. Herb is home, but needs full time help and Joe is only one man and he can't do it all. Herb is an important fixture in Powerlifting and has written great articles about many of you. He keeps track of all of your lifts and records and is the official statistician and historian for the sport. He cares about you and your lifts as much if not more than your teammates and your fans. He needs your help. In this season of giving, please help one of our own. Send donations to: Herb Glossbrenner, C/O Powerlifting USA, Box 467, Camarillo, CA 93011. Thank you all and have a joyous Holiday Season! Nance Avigliano

2006 IPF World Master's Bench Championship Preliminary Nominations

Create: 12/21/2005 - 11:07

The preliminary nominations for the 2006 IPF World Master's Bench Championship can be found at the USAPL forum. All lifters are required to formally accept in order to participate.

The Master's Bench Championships are April 19 - 22 in Miami, Florida. For more information check out the Championship website.

Powerlifting From The Spectators Point Of View

Create: 12/21/2005 - 10:44
A Monster Muscle poster who frequently watches powerlifting contests remarks on the appeal of powerlifting to him.

1. what other sport do you know where the fans can do more than just sit and cheer there favorites on, they can actually have conversations with them. 2. what other sport do competitors trade lifting secrets and try to help each individual competitor to be the best they can be, whether it be loaning a guy a belt baby powder bench shirts or just generally cheering each other to new heights (there may be a darker side to this statement but i have not seen it). 3. what other sport can you watch men women and children of all ages and size push there bodys to the limit of human strength. 4. where else can ya see a man drop four hundred pounds acrossed his midsection and still have the nuts to come back for another attemp.

Training In A Bench Shirt Without A Lifting Partner

Create: 12/21/2005 - 08:39
Many powerlifters either by choice or out of necessity don't train in commercial gyms. Sometimes that means a home gym. At times, that means lifting without anyone around. A poster at APF Outlaws wonders if it's possible to train in a bench shirt without a training partner. The answers are somewhat divided:

Just use an open back shirt that isn't your comp shirt. One that is a little too big so you can put it on yourself. Make sure you lift in a power rack and set the pins so you can hit your chest but if you miss, the bar can come forward and nott crush your throat

A Big Raw Bench Means A Big Shirted Bench, Right?

Create: 12/20/2005 - 14:58
According to a thread at Ryan Kennelly's forum that's not the way it works. The original poster asks:

Before my last contest I was benching 535-550 raw and at the meet I benched 575 but missed 600 with my single-ply Phenom... Is this all the carryover I should get with a single-ply?

The error in his thinking that raw strength relates to equipped poundage is corrected:

WELL YOU THOUGHT LIKE O USE TO. THE MORE I BENCH RAW THE MORE ILL GET OUT THE SHIRT RIGHT. WRONG. RAW STRENTH MEANS NOTHING IN THE SHIRT.

Can One Squat Heavy Twice A Week?

Create: 12/20/2005 - 10:16
That's the question asked by a poster at Dr. Squat. He specifically wants to know the answer as it applies to a somewhat experienced lifter who is not adding any supplementation. Some think that it's not a good idea:

Heavy is a relative term not only in actual weight but in percentage of weight. Even the most "gassed" up WPO lifter would not try to squat with heavy percentage weights 2 times per week and they recover faster than any of us here. You are running the risk of injury and over-training especially if you include assistance work.

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