Equipment Is Fine... As Long As It's Single Ply

Create: 12/09/2005 - 09:07
Lately there are more and more voices cropping up from within the pro-equipment crowd that are saying equipment is fine as long as it's kept to single ply. This Monster Muscle thread is discussing just that topic.

i think that any peice of equippment that isnt single ply poly is bull shit.

That poster gets an earful from many subsequent posters:

I think it's funny when someone *****es about how crazy gear is getting, and then extols the virtue of single-ply gear. My bench in a off-the-shelf 1-ply Fury is a good 25% higher than my raw press. IPF-legal gear certainly ain't what is was in 1990.

Have You Really Overtrained?

Create: 12/09/2005 - 08:30
A Power and Bulk thread questions today's frequent rally cry of overtraining.

I think when the question of overtraining comes up, instead ask a few questions: 1) Am I getting enough sleep? 2) Am I getting enough good food? 3) Is there anything additional life has hit me with lately? 4) What's my current workload for training and what have I changed lately? In my opinion, true overtraining, where your sleep and eating is affected, motivation is low, headaches, etc. doesn't happen very often at all. And a lot of it can probably be blamed on other factors such as adequate diet and sleep, active recovery, additional stress from life, work, etc. A better way of thinking of it is in terms of work capacity.

Reflections From A Unified Powerlifting

Create: 12/08/2005 - 16:52
An interesting thread over at Go Heavy which is looking at how a unified powerlifting might look in the future.

What is your opinion: would it be better to pursue the direction the IPF is taking, or to provide a greater "show" for the audience (WPC/WPO). Personally I'd go with the former. Although the showy competition is surely a faster way to gain popularity, I feel in the long run it would be better for the sport to keep things more serious and disciplined.

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Top 5 Pros And Cons Of Powerlifting

Create: 12/08/2005 - 12:18
Fortified Iron admin Kyle asks for everyone's top 5 pros and cons of powerlifting. Pros:

  • Being bald and tattooed and looking normal to your peers.
  • if it was not for the gym I most likely would have gone insane by now
  • Getting a PR is the greatest feeling outside of sex.
  • The cool ass people i have met in this sport
  • Being able to push myself harder
  • lifting heavy stuff is fun
  • The feeling of a huge PR
  • fellow PLers consider me a middleweight.... at 265.
  • It keeps me from killing homeless people with a hammer.

Tommy Fannon Comments On Kidder's Remarks

Create: 12/08/2005 - 09:30
Tommy Fannon, owner of the APF Outlaws forum responds to Kieran Kidder's remarks found in this post. Fannon starts by setting a new anti-trolling policy for his forum:

We have far too many stupid trolls cluttering the board. We will start deleting stupid trolls. Everyone loves a good troll. If you have what it takes, feel free to troll. If you are an idiot or just making personal attacks that can't at least bother to be funny, go elsewhere. I recommend Gibson's. He has a no-delete policy. Waay too many people are posting garbage and the use of a real name is such a remote concept that the community is dissolving. I would like to build that back up here. We have a huge readership. The dilution of good posts is hurting us though. Time to fix that.

Harsh Words From Kieran Kidder

Create: 12/07/2005 - 11:52
Kieran Kidder and Mike Sweeney have been doing a bit of posting this week both defending and touting the WPO/WPC/APF. Their posts are, at least partly, a defense against recent attacks from around the powerlifting world about judging at WPO/APF meets. They also serve to present the WPC/WPO as the 'new powerlifting' and the way forward. It remains to be seen whether a Kidder-like vision of powerlifting will win out over an IPF or raw vision.

How Do You Know If You're A Powerlifter?

Create: 12/07/2005 - 09:40
There's a very funny sticky over at Curtis Dennis' MetalRage forum which offers guidance on how to determine whether you might be a powerlifter. According to the thread you're a powerlifter if:

  • if you cant count past 5 but can multiply by 45 in your head
  • if you have ever paced back and forth in front of a loaded bar before a set to intimidate the weight
  • if you check squat depth by using the toilet
  • if more then 5 reps per set is considered cardio
  • if you have ever wondered about the protein content of dog food
  • if you think about your next meal while still eating one
  • if your friend say during a meal"how are you going to ever be a superheavyweight when you eat like a 308"
  • if hearing someone at your gym say i just want to tone puts you in rage
  • If you ever have to negotiate steps side stepping down them.
  • consider helping your friend move as GPP
  • If you've ever dropped your pencil on the ground and had to decide whether you were gonna go sumo or conventional to pick it up.
  • if everyone else in the gym hates you

Marcus Schick's Results From The IPF Bench Worlds

Create: 12/07/2005 - 09:09
Go Heavy is discussing Marcus Schick's recent fourth place finish at the IPF Bench Press Worlds in Sweden. Schick is widely regarded as one of the best benchers in the world. Many wonder why he hit a bench that is lower than raw numbers he's put up. Some theories are that he was competing at 148 versus his usual 165, he hurt his neck during training, he just had an off day and he didn't have the luxury of the equipment that he wears in the WPO. Some great lifters come to his defense in a follow up thread.

Training To Failure

Create: 12/06/2005 - 12:16
Most lifters, when they first begin working out, train to failure. Of course, many never deviate from that. On the other hand, powerlifters have come to view training to failure as a way to slow down progress. An Elite Fitness poster wonders:

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?


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