Create: 04/04/2017 - 20:46
Facebook Post by one the worlds strongest men Blaine Sumner!!! Little back story on my raw squat for those who don't know. Back in 2012 I broke the Raw Squat World Record with 881, before anyone else had done 800 in the modern "Raw" era - before raw blew up in popularity and all of these freaks started breaking boundaries once thought unbreakable. Later in 2012 I tore my hip labrum at the first Raw Worlds but when on to win that World Championship. From that point on, I lost the raw squat mojo that I once had in my blood. I tried coming back in 2013 and tore my other hip labrum squatting at Raw Nationals. I haven't had the raw mojo back in my blood because every time I tried squatting raw, the pain in my hips was unbearable. I confined to try and compete raw as I had still loved it but realized the only thing that made my hips feel better was the support of the squat suit and that became my game. I've very sparingly tried to include raw squats as part of my training when my hip feels good. This usually ends up being once a month or so with very sub-maximal weights.

US Open 2017!

Create: 04/04/2017 - 20:35
The Biggest Powerlifting Meet in History - The 2017 CETC US Open World Records will be broken. History will be made. Legends will be born. This event, held at the prestigious Del Mar Fairgrounds, California on April 15th and 16th, will be the biggest powerlifting meet in history, with over $200,000 in prize money for our athletes. Elite Powerlifters from all over the world will take the stage and lift 10x their own bodyweight in their combined best Squat, Bench and Deadlift. The accomplishments within this sport exceed and transcend the physical feats of strength themselves; they represent a lifestyle of dedication and sacrifice in and out of the gym. They are the result of consistent hard work, determination and self-belief.

1100 Pound Geared Bench Equals What Raw???? TINY MEEKER!!!

Create: 04/03/2017 - 13:53
The geared king of the bench press and long time bench king pin Tiny Meeker has his sights on owning every world record in each genre of lifting! He has the biggest bench in world history at 1102 pounds. He has held the single ply bench record numerous times and wants to up that. The task at hand however will be the raw world record! Scot Mendelson once held claim to the biggest geared and biggest raw bench and now Tiny is aiming to take that title and become the absolute undisputed king of the bench press!!! The goal.. somewhere around 750!!!! Stay tuned as the place and time will be announced soon (maybe?)...

Rich Putnam Benches 1000lbs!

Create: 04/03/2017 - 12:59
No this is not an April Fools joke! On April 1,2017, at the 15th Annual Monster Bench in Cooperstown,NY, Rich Putnam accomplished a powerlifting milestone and lifelong dream with a 1000lb. Bench press! Rich has been lifting for 20 years and is the head of the Gorilla Pack Powerlifting team. It was a busy day for the lifter affectionately known as "Moose". He personally handed off and coached 22 team mates before he opened with 900 lbs. It was a smoke show! He called for 1000 on a second attempt but missed the groove slightly. With a packed house screaming for more... Moose called for a third. This time he was not to be denied. Rich Putnam did what he set out to do. Congratulations to Rich Putnam and Good luck at IPA Worlds in Nova Scotia!

April Mathis Returns To Her Throne!

Create: 04/02/2017 - 14:28
On April fools day at the APF Gulf Coast Championships, April Mathis did not fool around and pounded a new World Record Squat and smashed through the 1700 pound mark in the total! Although Crystal Tate will go down in history as the first to cross over the 700 pound mark, April's lift is the first official 700 pound world record (Calibrated plates were used). She absolutely obliterated 705 with room to spare. She went on to bench press 440 and pulled 556 to re-establish her self as the current strongest female power lifter on earth. As of right now April Mathis has no equal!!! With her best lifts her highest aggregate is over 1,750 (795 kg/ 1,752 lb). She may become the first woman to crack the 800 kg and possibly the 1800 lb mark raw the next time around... April Mathis is the SHW queen.


Create: 04/01/2017 - 19:42
Article from IPF World Champion and World record holder Blaine Sumner: In the world of strength training, ‘frequency’ is defined as how often you perform something. In more specific terms, I define frequency as the number of times per week a particular lift is performed. Frequency can vary from 0/week to 7/week. Meaning you can perform a certain lift as little as 0 times per week or as often as 7 times per week. For the purpose of this article, we will consider only one training session per day, even though some athletes may use multiple sessions per day. Strength training has an odd way of repeating itself throughout time and each time a new ‘style’ of training comes around, it’s often mistaken for a new, groundbreaking technique. In reality, there has been nothing ‘sparkling new’ about training methods in quite some time, and there will likely never be. There are only so many ways to use volume, reps, frequency, speed, and intensity in training that over the years, every different combination has been tried. 30 years ago, it seemed that ultra-high frequency was setting the European weightlifters apart from the rest of the world.

1000 Pound Hip Thrust????

Create: 04/01/2017 - 15:43
In years past I've made it clear that I support hip thrusters for cueing, warmups, and hypertprhy for physical appearance. But I have also stated my view that doing excessively heavy hip thrusters (i.e. over 30% your deadlift max) was not productive from an athletic perspective, and in fact could potentially be counter productive. Well... I now have to come clean. That was all in fact a ruse! An outright lie! I was trying to keep people away from my secret to success. In fact, not only have I been regularly maxing out on hip thrusters but it's been my primary goal and all my squatting and deadlifting were just accessories to that. I have now truly unlocked #grandgoals. -----

Excuses Don't Count Towards Your Total

Create: 04/01/2017 - 15:21
An article from Swede Burns 2016 Coach of the year: Excuses don't count towards your total. At least, not at this point. It wouldn't shock me much if I found out tomorrow that some federation was planning to add a "Really Good Excuse" division, where you could count one or more missed attempts toward your total with a good enough argument as to what went wrong. Or a poll where your friends and family get to vote on what your total should be. I would take it in stride. If one of these new divisions were to come about and gain widespread acceptance across the powerlifting world, I would modify my coaching strategies accordingly. As it stands, however: we are left with adding up our heaviest successful attempt for each of the three lifts, and the sum of those is how a powerlifting total is born.

Brad Arbic 2,000 total in sleeves!

Create: 03/28/2017 - 23:01
Brad Arbic won 1st place in the Raw Open 308 weight class and Overall Best lifter with a 506 wilks at Bending The Bar Volume 1 meet in Milton, FL this past Saturday. Brad went 8 for 9 finishing with a 744 squat in sleeves, 484 bench, and a 771 deadlift for his first 2K total with his lone miss being a 501 bench at lockout. This was Brad’s return to the platform after tearing his bicep.

1,025 Squat at 18 yrs Old!

Create: 03/27/2017 - 20:15
If you have been in the gym for years, you at some point have heard some one somewhere on a leg press machine say "Oh I squatted a thousand pounds in high school"! Well ladys and gentleman meet the only man in the world that will be able to say that when he's full grown! That young man is Joseph Pena! The only high school kid squatting 1000 pounds !!! Here he is with 1,025 :


Create: 03/27/2017 - 10:55
Ivan Abadjiev's passes away at age 85. A world class weightlifter himself before turning to being a national team coach. He influence has spread throughout the powerlifting and strength and conditioning community for many years. Louie Simmons credits reading and applying his methods into his own style of training.

Josh Cleveland 750 raw squat in sleeves!

Create: 03/26/2017 - 19:44
Josh Cleveland now up to 750 in the squat was well on his way to a possible 1900 total when disaster struck him in the warm up room during his dead lifts! "I went 6/7 and finished 2nd place in the Raw Open 308 (298 lbs.) weight class at Bending The Bar Volume 1 meet in Milton, FL Saturday. I finished with a 750 squat for a (28 lb. PR) on my 2nd attempt. I went for 760 on my 3rd attempt, but I was on my knees throwing up when I was on deck...still went out there to try it but no shot! I went 3/3 on bench with 424 (11 lb. PR). This set me up for my goal of a 1,900 total, but while warming up for deadlifts with 500 my right tricep popped. It just felt tight and sore…I tried 585 a few times but just pulling the slack out of the bar and budging it off the ground I could feel my tricep stretching and it just didn't feel right at all. I had to take a token deadlift of 165 so that my squat and bench counted. It was a hard decision, I hate that I had to make it, but I wasn't able to pull 585 in warm ups when my opener was 677."


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