Couldn't agree more Joseph. Lift where you want,wear what you want,take what you want,just be honest, stay within the rules of your chosen federation and allow others the right to do likewise.
I've trained every exercise of every workout to failure, and this was how I could guage whether or not I needed to increase the weights... Not training to failure is something completely new to me so I'm not quite sure how I would know to increase the weight used unless I had some sort of failure mechanism to know if my strength has gone up or not... How should that guy know when to increase?
A member over at Power and Bulk has taken the time to translate Benni Magnusson's deadlifting routine from a German forum. Benni performs deadlifts every week.
An interesting part of his training are what are referred to as Jeff Jet Method deadlifts. This movement starts as a high rack pull, then the pins are removed from the cage and the weight is put down and picked back up. This allows the lifter to lift more weight than he might be able to if initially pulling from the ground.
Thanks to Ryan Kennelley's Bench Monster forum for pointing to Irongame's list of of all the men who have benched over 600 pounds raw. So far this has been accomplished 38 times in competition by 33 different lifters. Eight men have gone over 650 and two (Scot Mendelson and James Henderson) over 700.
Here are the 33 lifters who've accomplished this:
- Scot Mendelson
- James Henderson
Some poster's doubt there's a time limit to doing an exercise at or above 90%, instead there are other reasons why Westside's template of switching up ME exercises works:
Going in and doing a few singles with 90% is not the same thing as classic WSB ME work. On ME work you go to 100%. They even advocate going to a miss.
I think the reason WSB works (if used properly) is more down to exercise slection hitting one's weak points rather than the CNS being spared.
Fortified Iron looks at some ways to work the bottom end of the deadlift.
Some of the recommendations include block deadlifts, stiff leg deadlifts, low box squats, speed deadlifts, hack pulls and snatch grip deadlifts.
Steve Denison has been posting at a number of the forums that Mountaineer Cup VIII will be taking place in 2006. There was some concern that meet organizer Nick Busick would be unable to hold the event.
The format looks to again be teams of two made up of a heavyweight and light heavyweight. There will be up to 20 teams and the pairings will be determined by putting the number 1 ranked heavyweight with the number 20 ranked light heavyweight. The number 2 heavyweight will be paired with the number 19 light heavyweight, and so on.
Steve mentions that the event may be held in the New England area in 2006. The meet director is Bruce Derosier of the Atlantis Foundation. More information about qualifying meets can be found over at Gibson Powerlifting.
- rock skipping
- Shoveling snow in upstate NY winters!
- Getting out of my chair to take a leak during commercial breaks while watching the football game.
- my favorite GPP is pelvic thrusts
- A couple times a week I walk the 50 yards up to the mailbox instead of stopping the car at it. I also walk to the refrigerator during commercials.
do these guys look like a guy who lifts weights?? The lighter classes look like human coathangers and then when it starts to get into the heavier classes the guys look like fat slobs and NO ONE and I mean NO ONE looked like they lift weights! Geeeezzzz I am all for Big Macs and Wendy's but damn its not like the old days when a guy like Doug Young not only could bench 600 but looked it too!
On the women's side, Russia captured first with 59 points followed by Sweden with 43 and the US and Finland with 39 points. Canada captured 12th with 13 points. Anna Olsson of Sweden was the female lifter of the meet.
For the men, Russia again dominated the competition with 69 points, followed by Japan with 57 and Poland with 55. The US was sixth with 41 points. Ayrat Zakiev of Russia was lifter of the meet on the men's side.
Most people would consider a raw double bodyweight bench press a great lift. However, there are a handful who have actually put up triple their bodyweight. Check out this Monster Muscle thread to find out who those giants are.