Powerlifting In The Olympics

Create: 12/26/2005 - 10:33
Many think that powerlifting needs to become an Olympic sport to ever attain legitimacy. As such, for years attempts have been made to have it recognized as an Olympic sport. So far, all attempts have been unsuccessful. Although they continue with the IPF leading the efforts. Paul Kelso points out that the IOC has in its hands an application by the IPF to recognize powerlifting as an Olympic sport in this Go Heavy thread.

What's Better - Pr's Or Wr's?

Create: 12/26/2005 - 09:11
Interesting question being considered at Iron Gladiators. The question is whether it's more important to hit personal records or world records? Here are some of the opinions:

when i was younger i could tell you every record that i held and every record that i was going to hold. I wanted the world to know i was here and that i was the best there WAS, the best there IS and the best there ever Will Be. But time has changed that, a few years ago Bruce and i flew to the nationals. I broke a world record and Bruce got best lifter. You'd think we'd be happier than pig nuts, but we felt like major failures, when we got home we didn't even want to tell anyone about our results,,,,why? its because we failed ourselves by not achieving our goals of a new PR..... from that day forward, PR's and helping others get PR's is the only thing that matters to me when it comes to powerlifting.

Drop Sets And Powerlifting

Create: 12/26/2005 - 08:37
A poster over at Fortified Iron questions whether using drop sets are helpful for powerlifting. The consensus seems to be that for the major movements they're not a helpful part of a powerlifting program. Although, for certain accessory work or in off season muscle building they may have a place.

I use drop sets on all assistance, but most notably triceps training. I don't use drop sets on any major movements or compound movements, unless I fail on a new 1RM, then I will back down to 10kg under my last set and work back up.

How Do Small Women Push Big Weights?

Create: 12/23/2005 - 10:30
A poster over at Power and Bulk is feeling a little awed by the large weights that smaller people, especially women are handling. He wants to know how it's possible. A couple replies so far:

A number of factors apparently. Insertion points for greater leverages, higher ratios of fast twitch fibers, a more respondent CNS maybe, higher work output, pain tolerances, drug use (with some) shorter ROM distances... It can be that the training they are doing is also just right for them to reach their highest potential. Still it seems much more genetically placed.

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.

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