Raw Powerlifting vs. Geared Powerlifting: Which Is Best For You?

This is a guestpost from Dave Yarnell

Dave is a record holding powerlifter in the WNPF, has 30 years plus training experience, is a certified personal trainer, a published outdoor writer and a drug free strength training advocate

Find out more at http://www.christianiron.com

Raw Powerlifting vs Geared powerliftingRaw vs. “geared” powerlifting. These may be confusing terms for novices to the game or those not involved in it. It gets even more confusing when we have different rules defining these terms in various lifting federations.

In the early days of powerlifting, there were not any real supportive items to have rules about, unless you consider ace bandages supportive (they are to a mild degree). Early bench shirts and squat suits offered noticeable support, but pale in comparison to the technology we have these days, even with the present day “single ply” stuff. 

 

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Powerlifting For Beginners: Getting Started

This is a guestpost from Dave Yarnell

Dave is a record holding powerlifter in the WNPF, has 30 years plus training experience, is a certified personal trainer, a published outdoor writer and a drug free strength training advocate

Find out more at http://www.christianiron.com

powerlifting for beginnersLots of folks have dabbled at least with some form of weight training; perhaps as part of an athletic training program, in an effort to just get in better shape overall, or just out of curiosity. To the lay person, weight lifters, bodybuilders and powerlifters kind of all get lumped together despite their more than subtle differences.

Weightlifting, in its proper form, refers to the Olympic lifts, which all involve getting a disc-laden bar from the ground to a point where the arms are locked out overhead.  These lifts are more technically difficult and require more speed and agility than the 3 powerlifts or the bulk of the lifting seen in your average commercial gym.

 

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Strongman: A Muscular Strength Definition

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What makes you physically strong? This is often a source of constant debate and there are many differing opinions as to what constitutes a strong person. That is because there are a number of different types of muscular strength.

What are the different qualities of muscular strength and what is best type to have? Or do we have to train in all aspects of the strength game. If so, what ratio between the different strength types should we aim for?

Lets start first with defining the different types of physical strength there are.

 

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Larry Pacifico: Mr Powerlifting

powerlifter, muscle buildingIf you ask someone in the sport, “What makes a powerlifting legend?”, then there would be very few that do not pass comment on Larry Pacifico. Born in 1946, Pacifico stormed the world powerlifting scene by winning nine consecutive world powerlifting championships from 1971-1979.

Larry was a talented high school athlete. By his senior year he could already bench 300lbs at a weight of 170. Honing his skills in the 1960’s Pacifico entered the world stage in 1971. It was not long before Pacifico was considered the best pound-for-pound powerlifter of the 1970’s and became known as “Mr. Powerlifting”. Pacifico attributes his success to coach Bob Matz and his training partners.

 

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Bill “Peanuts” West Powerlifting Pioneer

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The story of American powerlifter Bill "Peanuts" West is a true-life lesson about drive, passion, motivation and determination. Named William Weiss, at birth in 1937 Pennsylvania, Peanuts was a weak and skinny child. Weighing less than 100 pounds as a teen, he picked up his first weights at age 15. In 1952, he was encouraged by Gene Wells to try weight training and started initially with very light dumbbells. In a couple of years, his bodyweight increased dramatically thanks to a training regime incorporating progressive resistance and sourcing his protein from peanuts, peanut butter and peanut oil for the purpose of muscle gain.

 

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