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Old 04-04-2005, 05:21 AM   #1
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What do you guys think? Are powerlifter's actually BIG or what. The only ones I saw were fat as hell. I'm asking because in about another 4 weeks I'm getting my old lifting partiner. He's competing in another 3 weeks, then is taking a week off before we start. Our sole purpose is max strength gains hitting the 400 club while I'm still young. Right now I'm on Max-OT and been climbing steadily. If I can hit 350 X 4 (3 totally on my own) then my max should be almost at 400 I'm guessing. We're going to get ridiculous in the gym with power, but I'm wondering if I'm going to lose my muscle mass going for reps of 1-3 with a stupid amount of weight ...Has anyone ever tried powerlifting and got gains or known anyone to?

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Old 04-04-2005, 10:01 AM   #2
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as far as power lifting I havent really done any. But when i'm bulking and trying to put on size this is my compound movement routine.

3 warm up sets, light wieght to 20 reps

first set at 85% of max to 5 reps
second same as the first
third set at 95% of max for one rep, 2 more forced.

i've only gotten bigger and stronger and hurt my joints doing this. especially when on a cycle.

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Old 04-04-2005, 10:02 AM   #3
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Powerlifting is an insane way to get huge and strong. The fat guys you see are the stereotypical powerlifters. Go to a meet and check out the 180 and under guys, they're usually thick and ripped.

I knew a lot of Hawiiaan powerlifters and they were all big, thick and cut. They used to call bodybuilding exercises "cosmetics." They'd say, "I never do cosmetic moves, brah."

That's why I enjoy Max-OT so much is it has the powerlifting mentality to it. Powerlifting has always been about simple math for me: Four plates on the bench equals huge pecs, Five plates on the squats equals tree-trunk thighs.

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And even those fat guys arent always fat. There are one or two in my gym who are 6'3" and over, and prolly wiegh around 260 and up. they have what look like beer guts, but are solid as shit. they just have no definition.

I agree its prolly the best way to build solid muscle, go heavey or go home. but I wouldnt want to look like that. chicks at the beach will still look at you and say "look at that fat guy with big arms hahaha"
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Yeah, I don't like that ring of fat around their whole body either. So when I decide to give it a go, I'll up my calories, but not to their level and I will be fine. I'm a mesomorph so I'm lucky.. :cool:
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They had a great program on Fit Tv last night that I watched on powerlifters. Not all of them are fat there just not cut. They themselves explained it's just because it's how they train. They are not training to look good. So basically you won't get fat from powerlifting unless all you train for are specific lifts. You should try to catch it. It was very interesting in that lb for lb lighter people, under 200lb were stronger then the heavier people.

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Dr. X, I've seen that program. It's called the Science of Superhuman Strength of something like that. That Shane Hamen is huge. It's too bad he didn't get better coverage during the Olympics, hell, I don't even know if he won a medal or not.
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Dr. X, I've seen that program. It's called the Science of Superhuman Strength of something like that. That Shane Hamen is huge. It's too bad he didn't get better coverage during the Olympics, hell, I don't even know if he won a medal or not.
I gave up on the Olympics. You'd figure they'd take in account that weightlifting is fast becoming a very popular sport. If they want better ratings, they should eliminate some of those ridiculous sports like distance running or soccer and put in powerlifting. I'd also love to see more specials on t.v. showing behind the scenes "World's Strongest Man" training or something.
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No matter what 0311, you are still gonna grow training like that. There are a few powerlifting dudes at my gym that if they lost 20-30pounds of fat, would have great BB physiques. Good luck to you 0311!
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I dont know if you all have noticed, but nowadays more and more powerlifters are starting to mofo's in a good shape, some of them even got 8 packs.
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