Powerlifting: The Good, Bad and Ugly | T Nation
Sarver's Gregory continues to set powerlifting records opportunity to test his endurance on long rides that often cover miles or more. pounds and set the state and American Men's Raw Masters records at. The IPF, founded in , has members in more than countries. head-to- head in competition and watch as they attempt breaking World Records! A competition of raw lifters who will qualify at the USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals. Held in Reno, Nevada on Saturday, July 12, the % RAW Powerlifting Full results I live in Reno and didn't even know this meet was taking place. 17 lifters .
So while I'm all in favor of technology, when you need two buddies to help get into your lifting suit, or when a bench shirt provides so much support that you need at least on the bar to even be able to row it down to your chest, the sport becomes easy prey to a lot of legitimate questions. The Bad The main obstacle to powerlifting's admission into the Olympics has nothing to do with drugs or high-tech underwear. Instead, powerlifting has literally dozens of "federations" which all have different rules and regulations.
While many of these differences are slight, others are very significant. So before powerlifting can even think about Olympic glory, it'll need to reorganize itself into a single governing body. Sounds like a nearly impossible task, but in Tae Kwon Do was admitted into Olympic competition by the IOC after its various federations had a pow-wow and made a unified pitch to the AAU.
So it can be done, but at the present time it certainly seems a long ways off. Of more practical interest to prospective new lifters, the current array of lifting federations means that choices must be made.
This not only increases confusion, it also leads to continuous arguments and bad blood between lifters of the various feds.
The Good As I hinted at, there have been lots of positive developments in the sport, and the one I'm most excited about is the rapidly increasing popularity of raw lifting.
Now, since there are numerous federations, there are also numerous definitions of what "raw" means.Larry Wheels 2275lbs No Wraps ATWR Total. Full Meet Video.
Sometimes it allows for knee wraps for example, sometimes it doesn't. Same goes for other supportive garb. In the fed I usually lift in, competitors are allowed to wear a 4-inch lifting belt and wrist wraps, but nothing else.
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Other feds also allow knee sleeves or wraps, but none of the raw federations or raw divisions within other feds allow suits, bench shirts, or support briefs. For both lifters and spectators, the recent explosion of raw powerlifting means less expense, less hassle you can dress yourself for startersand a more honest display of an athlete's true strength.
Perhaps even more exciting is the emergence of a crop of new lifting stars who are pushing the boundaries of powerlifting like never before. Lifters like Dan Green pound raw total at poundsMike Tuchscherer raw deadliftEric Spoto pound raw bench pressand Andrey Malanichev pound raw squat. Not only do these and other top raw lifters put up mind-boggling numbers, for the most part they also display chiseled physiques that even top bodybuilders would respect. All of this put together means that as a prospective newbie to the sport, there are guys out there you can look up to and emulate — not only for what they can do, but also for what they look like.
For spectators, you can more easily identify with and respect the lifter's accomplishments, because you know their strength is the product of hard work as opposed to supersonic underwear and bench shirts that enable you to bench more than you can deadlift. When I decided to get involved in powerlifting, there were a lot of things I saw that left a bad taste in my mouth. I saw lots of guys I didn't wanna look like, lifting technique that I found embarrassing, tell-tale signs of rampant drug use, and dirty politics to spare.
Despite this, I found the primal nature of raw powerlifting really appealing. I love the idea of continuously bettering myself — not competing with others per se, but with my previous best accomplishments. So I made a decision: In other words, I decided to do it on my own terms. As a quick example, the reason that a lot of powerlifters are fat is because they simply don't care, or because they mistakenly think they need to "carb up" the night before and the day of every meet, thinking they need to "replenish their glycogen" for the 9 totals reps they'll do in competition.
Then, after the meet, they'll pig out at a local buffet to "recover. But I don't need to follow that rulebook, right? Powerlifting is a fantastic sport, as long as you make it work for you, rather than vice versa. Personally, I have other athletic goals aside from maximal strength, so I use powerlifting as a way to test myself, meet like-minded people, and have an occasional fun weekend away.
If you've never competed, I can't recommend it highly enough. In fact, I promise it'll be the best thing you ever did for your lifting progress. If you're still on the fence about the idea, or need some help figuring out how to get started, leave me a comment below.
Charles Staley Charles Staley is an accomplished strength coach who specializes in helping older athletes reclaim their physicality and vitality. At age 56, Charles is leaner than ever, injury free, and in his lifetime best shape.
At the end of 4 months of less than calories per day, I was and could do 40 strict bodyweight pullups. From there, I started powerlifting again at ground zero. Ground zero was a pretty easy deadlift and bench and my memory is hazy on this one either a or squat. I got back to my old PRs pretty quickly — mid s squat, ish bench, ish deadlift.
After that, I took up a program of daily maxes for squat and bench. I put pounds on my squat and 30 on my bench in 12 weeks, leading up to my world record at The squat progress came from working up to a 10rm one week, 8rm the next, 5rm the next, and then starting over until I was pretty sure I was good for a big squat PR. The bench PR came after 3 months of not benching. I did some overhead work, and some weight dips for a few months, laid back down on the bench, and PRed 3 weeks later.
I was eating strict keto for most of my prep leading up toand a more carb-centric IIFYM approach for I used to want to pin the success on small factors. I added pounds to my squat doing daily maxes! But keep in mind I squatted with godawful form before my body had any idea of how to squat.
I also got a lot of mileage out of breathing paused squats for both squat and deadliftbut that only worked because I had another glaring weakness — super strong legs and a relatively weak torso.
I just lifted weights, practiced the movements, addressed weaknesses, stayed healthy, and broke world records. I wanted to believe I was the strongest because I was so smart and worked so hard.
I think I understand training pretty well, and when my training is focused for a meet I do work very hard, but those are small factors compared the more salient issues. My first day with a real weight set when I was 14, I hit numbers that some people work years for.
In my first year of real incredibly stupid training, I hit bigger numbers than most people will in their entire life. The more I learned, the better I became at identifying weaknesses and staying healthy.
The range of natural ability really becomes obvious when you start working with general population clients.
I do my best to be down to earth and approachable, though, so I get a lot of very average clients. I also get a lot of very gifted clients. I put just as much time and effort into both groups.
My sister-in-law pulled at 18 years old with the most basic program imaginable she only lifted 2 days per week, with relatively low volume because she was in-season focusing on volleyball. And they also make progress, slowly but surely. The game is the same, they work just as hard, but the results are dramatically different.
We like to believe that anyone can be the best if they work hard enough. However, recently that idea has been, if not totally debunkedat least shaken significantly.
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We want, so badly, to believe that people who have achieved have done so solely because of their efforts. If most people did the things I have done to reach the level of strength that I have, they would probably improve, but that would not make them lift as much as I do.
If a perfectly genetically average person assuming that exists was twice as smart about training and worked twice as hard as me, I would still lift more. One of the things that really struck me as I started reading more and more research was just how strong the average person is. A common measure of strength is bench press max. A pretty typical average 1rm in these studies is kg.
Train harder and drink more milk, bro. There is another salient factor in play here that skews our perception of how strong most people are. You have to take into account selection bias — who is actually lifting weights?
Very few people who are lousy at something and have extreme difficulty improving are going to stick with that activity long-term. Someone in the bottom quintile of strength for day-to-day gym lifters not even competitive lifters is probably well above the median of the population as a whole, both in terms of natural aptitude and actual strength.
People recoil against drugs because they say steroids make it an uneven playing field. I laugh at that, because it implies the playing field was ever level in the first place.