Big Bench Arch And Back Issues

Create: 11/29/2005 - 14:42
It's often said that using a big arch while benching leads to back issues. A Fortified Iron thread takes a look at this assumption. Shawn Lattimer provides a couple of very good and very technical responses:

the pressure on the spine itself doesn't change. There is no compressive force applied to the spine. Regardless of flat back or not, you still have the same surface area directly under the bar load, specifically your upper back. When benching flat backed, only the center portion of your back takes the load, so less of your body is distributing the weight. When properly set up with the arch, shoulderblades pinched, traps retracted, you have much more body mass under the bar, which distributes the pressure of the bar over more tissues and bones. Remember, your body is 3-dimensional, you are talking about a flat plane here. Therefore, if your back is healthy, there is no danger from benching with an arch, regardless of the popular "personal trainer" advice.

At Least It's Not Raw Versus Equipped!

Create: 11/29/2005 - 10:23
You'll enjoy this one, err maybe. A thread was started which jokingly compared Jeff Feagles (a punter) breaking Jim Marshall's record for most consecutive football games played to a multi ply lifter beating a single ply one. Seems innocent enough, right? Nope. Not a single word has since been said about the record. The first responder to the post says:

There is no difference between single ply and multi-ply anymore.

Everyone I know who uses a correct-fitting new geneation single ply bench shirt benches just as much as in any double ply shirt.

A Kinder Gentler Powerlifting Forum

Create: 11/29/2005 - 09:59
If you feel a bit beat up by some of the powerlifting forums, Weight Trainers United offers a bit more of a relaxed environment. Ken Ufford states the difference:

I was surfing on another forum and man it gets brutal at some of the slams guys throw around at each other... I mean we are all powerlifters and we all put in the hard work and sweat to do a sport we enjoy. We go through the good times and the hard times and keep lifting and doing the best we all can. The goal for all of us should just be to lift more weight than we have done before. It might be a one lift bench or a full 3 lift total. Does not matter the goal is to lift more and get the weights up! Some of us will do diffrent things to get better. Some of us might want to use better gear, mono lifts,diffrent feds where the judging is not super strict as others feds. Some may even use Strength enhancemening drugs. The point is this board is the best because we all lift in diffrent feds in all kinds of various gear and we all encourage one another while doing it... If we are powerlifters and do not support one another who will support us.

Which Federation Is The Real Deal?

Create: 11/28/2005 - 15:11
A couple of interesting threads going on at the Dr. Squat forums. The first was started by Dr. Squat himself and addresses some comments by APF lifter Jeffrey Vaughn regarding Jeff Lewis' squat depth on his World Record:

I am disappointed in you for sticking up for this nonsense. Do you know what BELOW parellel means? WHO CARES what rougue organizations define as a good squat! Do what all of us had to do! And STOP calling lifts like this "legit!"... I am not a big fan of the IPF idiots, but they're all we have... Understand, I am a purist, and want to see guys break my records. Kaz and all the others, I am SURE, would echo my sentiments! So...DO it! Don't pretend!

The Advantages Of Having A Home Gym

Create: 11/28/2005 - 13:16
A post over at Weight Trainers United looks at the advantages of starting a home gym. The gym the original poster builds cost $2500. He figures to make his money back in about 2 1/2 years. The advantages he cites:

  • There is the time savings of not having to travel back and forth to the gym.
  • being able to workout anytime, 24/7
  • you do not have to put up with the (how do I say this nicely?), heck, the idiots at the gym. People screwing around or yapping away on a cell phone while you’re trying to concentrate and prepare for a heavy lift. Or someone walking right in front of you while you’re going down on a heavy squat, causing you to lose your concentration and get buried. Or someone tying up the power rack doing curls while you’re waiting to do heavy squats.
  • being able to play whatever music you want.
  • I can put my chains where I want
  • I can also change into my powerlifting gear right in my workout area.

Leg Drive And Benching

Create: 11/28/2005 - 11:18
A thread over at looks at how to incorporate a leg drive into ones bench press. The original poster asks about the mechanics of using leg drive:

it seems to me that if you drive with your legs, your butt comes off the bench.

One of the members answers:

the idea is to position yourself so you can drive with your legs as much as possible without your butt coming off the bench. Check out the Metal Miltia bench set up for instance. Your feet are curled up under you on your toes, so you can push with your legs without worrying about your ass coming off the bench. There are LOTS of different ways to set up that can give you more leg drive. And it does make a big difference.

Who's The Best Powerlifter?

Create: 11/28/2005 - 08:30

Deepsquatter is taking a survey of who is, pound for pound, the best powerlifter of all time. Lots of votes so far for Ed Coan. Others tallying votes include Steve Goggins, Chuck Vogelpohl, Garry Frank, Brian Siders, Oleksander Kutcher, Arnold Coleman, Ron Palmer, Phil Harrington, Jesse Kellum, Brad Gillingham and Tony Conyers. Head on over there and offer your opinion.

Ed Coan Knee Rehab Interview

Create: 11/27/2005 - 17:34

Ed Coan is interviewed about the knee injury he sustained while squatting and his subsequent recovery. You've probably seen the video which captures the injury. If you haven't, here it is. Asked if he was scared about hitting the old weight, Coan said he was at first, but isn't any more. Coan says that his next meet may be during the summer of 2006. He suggests that it also may be his last.

A couple of other powerlifters are also interviewed about injuries sustained while lifting and their subsequent rehab.

Jesse Kellum Versus The USAPL & IPF

Create: 11/27/2005 - 12:31
WPO powerlifter Jesse Kellum in this thread over at Gibson Powerlifting questions the quality of lifting in the USAPL/IPF:

Who told you that the europeans were better than us? Because they can beat our 2nd tier lifters that compete in usapl.There are at best 3 lifters that would be able to compete with the wpo guys off of this years usapl team.And by compete,I mean being able to total within 100 lbs. of the winners.

The Worst Posters On Powerlifting Forums

Create: 11/26/2005 - 09:51
You should check out the fun going on over at the APF Outlaws board. As usual, there's a hornets nest being stirred up - they love this stuff over there. The original poster asks for opinions on who are the worst posters to powerlifting forums. Here are the current frontrunners:
  • Joe Dalton
  • Pete Bowlby
  • Mark Harris
  • Mike Sweeney

Bill Carpenter's Comments On Tiny Meeker

Create: 11/25/2005 - 10:23
In response to Tiny winning the drug tested WABDL Worlds, Bill Carpenter levels some accusations against him in the Bench Monster forum at Monster Muscle. Carpenter has since erased his comments from the thread. Here's part of what he said:

I just don't like the single ply drug free banner. It is bullshit sooner or later. I have seen so many guys like Tiny scream out loud Drug free. They pass so many test they start to believe themselves. Then they get popped and then they blame someone tampered with there pee!LOL! Gets old! Especially when you see it is trying to belittle the guys who do open meets. Who knows, he could truly be drug free. But in my honest opinion. I dont feel he is. My opinion. I am entitled to it! You just cant test for everything and you cant take peoples word for it. History has proved this.

Goggins Hammered For Big Iron Comments

Create: 11/25/2005 - 09:32
Goggins is being hammered in a number of threads and posts for his comments about Big Iron Gym found which I wrote up here. In Goggins cant' squat Vogelpohl's jockstrap you'll find beauties like this:

Chuck will eat you alive

Here he's also challenged:

Thing is now that Chuck's at 275 Steve knows he's lifting for 2nd and he can't handle it .....


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