Special Invites To Arnold Classic WRBB

Create: 01/08/2006 - 18:46
Kieran Kidder has sent special invites to some benchers who failed to qualify for the Arnold Classic WPO World Record Bench Bash. Apparently, the invites stem from the fact that the qualifiers yielded so many bombouts resulting in a small field for the WRBB. There's speculation in some of the forums about who may have been invited and why. Monster Muscle has a thread examining what factors should be used to determine who should be on that list of special invites. One side supports pulling the best benchers together for the meet and is led by Sgt. Rock:

Who did get an invite that didn't qualify the "conventional" way?.. I am sure the other competitors would want him[Tiny Meeker] there as well, to compete against the best makes a win much more satisfying.

Time For A New Bench Shirt?

Create: 01/08/2006 - 17:42
A poster at Ryan Kennelley's forum asks:

I was benching yesterday with my shirt, I worked up to 315 to try to triple or maybe even 5 reps. Well I bring down the bar and no pop what so ever from my shirt. I could not press it at all, so I don't know if my strength went down that much in a 2 week period when I didn't lift or if I need a tighter shirt? I got this Fury in the middle size I think it was competition fit. I've had it since August and hit 350 not over 2 months ago in it. I work with it every friday. Is it just too stretched and I should get a shirt that I use for just competition?

Enjoying Front Squats

Create: 01/07/2006 - 11:59
A Power and Bulk thread looks at an exercise many love to hate or just plain hate - the front squat. The thread includes some good advice on how to approach the exercise including rep ranges, techniques and stretching. The original poster:

Spend about a month doing them despite the fact that you hate every minute of it, and eventually, as your strength goes up, they actually become fun.

Rest Between Sets

Create: 01/07/2006 - 11:51
A Dr. Squat thread looks at rest breaks between sets. The thread has information about ideal timing for powerlifting and hypertophy gains.

Generally you rest longer if you are concentrating on strength and therefore greater training poundages, shorter rest for the hypertrophy gains where the emphasis is on a bit more number of reps and therefore somewhat less weight.

Injured!

Create: 01/07/2006 - 11:44
If you're a powerlifter, you're probably injured or at least hurt right now. Actually, you probably have multiple injuries. Injuries are part of the game. Monster Muscle has an injury thread where you can meet up with other powerlifters for sort of a group therapy.

The Wilks Formula

Create: 01/06/2006 - 08:43
A poster at Go Heavy wants to get a copy of the actual Wilks Formula. A chart of coefficients is located here. A poster responds:

You can get the Wilks coefficients, but Wilks guards the actual formula like a fat man with a Twinkie. How do you feel being scored by a system when you don't know it works????

High Energy Workouts

Create: 01/06/2006 - 07:53
The best workouts are those when we enter the gym with lots of energy. How does one go about ensuring that that energy is there every workout, even when it's not naturally there? That's the question at Ryan Kennelley's forum. Lifters use many different ways to find that energy:

I have tried gatorade/powerade-type drinks, as well as some of the ABB Speed-Stack & Adrenaline-Stack types as well. For some reason, it seems that just a plain old can of Coke seems to give me more quick energy while training...

Your Gym

Create: 01/06/2006 - 07:46
The joys of a new year in a public gym has spawned the following rant at Go Heavy. Check it out for a few laughs.

New members must yield right of way and bow to more faithful members.

Weights left lying on the floor over 30 seconds will automatically hurl themselves back at whoever was responsible for leaving them there.

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.

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