Briefs For Deadlifting

Create: 01/06/2006 - 07:36
Briefs give a nice carryover to the squat. But do they help out on the deadlift? There are certain differences that might make a set of briefs good for the squat but unworkable for the deadlift. A poster at Fortified Iron asks:

what would be a good pair of briefs to wear for deadlifts (wide sumo stance)?

Deadlifting And Callouses

Create: 01/05/2006 - 07:54
Does your significant other hate those rough hands of yours even after you explain that you need to keep deadlifting? Are ripped callouses causing deadlifting to be painful? Well, a couple of forums are talking about how to handle callouses. Check out Weight Trainers United and Anabolex for some tips. Weight Trainers United:

I got these calisces that ripped open...and turned into bare skin....I did that last wednesday and I need to DL again this wednesday...would it be beter for me to let these heal for another week and just do purely back stuff?

Anabolex:

sometimes my calluses hurt real bad underneath the skin. is there anything i can do to get rid of this?

Why Doesn't Ed Coan Compete In The WPO?

Create: 01/05/2006 - 07:46
A poster at Gibson Powerlifting asks:

ed [Coan] if you were hitting monster weight in single ply at the uspf how come you never went double ply and smoked those guys in the wpo? i mean if you could walk out over 1000 and squat it in single ply it would seem you could make some good money doing wpo meets.

Coan's response:

I just like the way I do things now.

Mindset For Maxing

Create: 01/05/2006 - 07:38
You've seen powerlifters or videos of powerlifters in their pre-lift routine getting mentally ready for a big lift. There are as many different ways they go about psyching oneself up for max lifts as their are lifters. What are some of the methods you use? That's the question over at Bodybuilding.com. Some answers:

I just picture the lift going perfectly in my mind, remain calm, and then lifting that bitch!

Powerlifting Watch Powerlifting Gear Giveaway Winner

Create: 01/04/2006 - 09:53

Congratulations go out to Bob Weigel of Wisconsin, who is the lucky winner of the powerlifting gear giveaway brought to you by the Fortified Iron Powerlifting Store and Powerlifting Watch. Bob will receive a free set of starter bands and a John Davies training dvd from the Powerlifting Store. Be sure to check out the store for all your powerlifting supply needs.

Interview With John Bernor

Create: 01/04/2006 - 09:42
Christian Powerlifters of America has an interview with powerlifter John Bernor. Here are a few excerpts from the interview:

Who are some individuals you look up to in religion and powerlifting? In lifting I think the old school guys are awesome(Cole, Kuc, Reinhoudt,) Karwoski and Coan are amazing. However Anthony Clark is my all-time favorite because he gave God ALL the glory and used his gift to reach others. Chris Taylor, Joel Toranzo, Lenny Spero, Eric Adolph and all the guys I train with inspire me every week.

$1,000 For A 1,000 Pound Bottom Position Squat

Create: 01/04/2006 - 08:24
Anti-drug lifter Bud Jeffries has recently issued a challenge to anyone that can replicate his 1,000 pound bottom position squat. He says he'll pay anyone $1,000 if they can do a bottom position squat with 1,000 pounds from parallel. No equipment other than a belt is allowed. To be eligible one must also be drug tested. Check out his site for video of the squat.

More Bench America Rumors

Create: 01/04/2006 - 08:11
There's been a fair amount of talk recently about Bench America. Most of it centering on whether the event will take place this year or on a format change for the event. Another discussion has appeared in the NASA forum. The original poster says:

I have heard that the Bench America program has been terminated and is no longer in existance. Can anyone verify or discredit this report or rumor? I have heard that they lost over $100,000.00 on the entire series and it is bankrupt now.

Worst Bench Press Form Mistakes

Create: 01/03/2006 - 09:01
We've all seen it in the gym; benchers bouncing the bar off their chests, lifting their butts a foot off the bench and other foolishness. Which is the most foolish of these gym benching mistakes asks an Elite Fitness poll. The poll choices:

NOT lowering the bar to the chest. Bouncing the bar out of the midpoint. "Bucking" the hips/ arching like an exotic dancer. Benching to the neck/ abs. Having a spotter who does all the work.

Some poster's experiences:

I once had to spot a guy who did just about all of those things - butt in the air, feet on the bench, stopping about 4 inches from the chest. Started with 225 and I had to help him get his 3rd or 4th rep IIRC. Then he bumped it up to 275 and I was like OMG and I had to help him a lot on all 3. I then went off to dead or something, and I saw him scouring the gym for me. I guess he liked my spotting. So anyway he's got 315 on it and I was pretty scared since it's kind of an awkward angle to be pulling up on the bar that much. 3 of the hardest reps of my life. There used to be another guy with this huge lifting belt who did the butt in the air thing - his flat looked like a decline and his incline looked like a flat, it was that pronounced. And then there's the guys who squirm around a lot on the bench, we call it 'the hooked marlin'.

This Does Not Sound Good!

Create: 01/03/2006 - 08:39
A poster over at the APA forum is getting married soon and is asking for a bit of advice:

I need some help with excuses to get to the gym, or I may be forced into retirement by the future Mrs. JohnnieO!

The replies are a much needed wakeup call:

Either: You're making a mistake by marrying someone who won't support your lifting 100% OR: Lifting just isn't in your heart, and getting married is an excuse to slowly fade it out.

Should Lifters Who Test Positive In The USAPL Be Prosecuted?

Create: 01/03/2006 - 08:09
An interesting discussion going on over at the USAPL forum about whether lifters found violating their drug policy should be reported to authorities for prosecution. The original poster remarks:

ABOUT A WEEK AGO I HAD A INTERESTING TALK WITH SOME USAPL LIFTERS ABOUT WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN TO PEOPLE WHO TEST POSITVE AT A USAPL POWERLIFTING CONTEST. THE GENERAL OPINION WAS THAT BANNING THEM FOR A FEW YEARS WAS NOT ENOUGH. THEY SHOULD BE PROSECUTED BY HAVING THE TEST TEST RESULTS SENT TO THE LOCAL ATHORITIES AND THUS BRINGING THE MATTER BEFOR THE LOCAL COURT.

Gene Rychlak's Next Meet

Create: 01/02/2006 - 12:19

For all you Gene Rychlak fans, word comes from Rychlak's partner, Amelia, that the next meet he plans to lift in will be the IPA Worlds. A final date for that event hasn't been set, but look for it sometime in June. There is a chance he will enter a meet before then as well.

Best Of 2005

Create: 01/02/2006 - 08:37
Fortified Iron has a thread looking at the best powerlifting moments of 2005. Here are a few of the bests:

Best Bench: 1) Matt Lamarque hits 800 @ 220. Best Squat: (I have 3) 1) Mike Miller hits 1200..He was the first, Judges said good lift, enuff said. 2) Jeff Lewis hits 1200...Without any questions about depth or power. 3) Becca Swanson 854...Easy with more in the tank. Biggest Surprise: (I have 2) Last year we weren't even talking about these guys. 1) Kutcher 2) Jeff Lewis Best comeback: 1) Joel Toranzo comes back from a horrible injury as a 3 lift lifter. 2) Candyass comes back after neck surgery as a 3 lift lifter and hits monster Pr's.

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