The Reason I Left Powerlifting

By Mary Douglass January 28, 2007 My enthusiasm for powerlifting was dampened in 2005 at German Nationals, in my third year of competitive powerlifting, after I had to give up second place to a girl whom I could out-deadlift by 70 lbs as a raw lifter. I had so far believed powerlifting to be all…

Weight Training By The Numbers!

by Frederick C. Hatfield II, MS, MFS, CSCS In my days of working as an ISSA Professor, I fondly remember various lists that were taught as important stuff to know. For whatever reason, I like lists! They tend to be straight to the point and easy to grasp. Here is a list of concepts everyone…

Factors Affecting Strength

by Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D. In a recent post on m.f.w, Mr Deadlift said, “Increased strength can come from two sources… Increased muscle size, and increased neuromuscular efficiency. I replied by saying “In my experience, strength can be augmented in many more ways than this, and in fact MUST be if you’re ever gonna break…

Before Dieting, Make Sure You’re Ready!

by Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D. There are many physical factors that contribute to obesity cited in the research literature. Listed in Table One are most of the important ones. It’s quite clear that a far greater percentage of the obese population in America suffer their obese condition as a result of the final factor (Socio-Cultural…

A comment from Jeff Everson

I’ve watched Dr. Squat train and strain, competing since 1977. That was just after ending his days of Olympic lifting, and many snatchless bombouts. Why is this man so strong? Whadda he got that I ain’t got? You all know about those seemingly bizarre training methods, right? Compensatory acceleration, dis-inhibition training (joint jerking), explosive jumping…

Blast From the Past: The Man is an Animal

The Man is an Animal …what makes Freddy run? As told by Jeff Everson, L.P.T. The infamous and acerbic-witted Rickeee Wayne was lending his comments on none other than powerlifting’s favorite father, fabulous Freddy Hatfield. Yea, the one and onliest yabba-dabba-do Flintstone Freddy. The unlikely place for this lively banter, was the Weider lunchroom, a…

The Growth Hormone Response

By Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D. In bodybuilding today, “drugs” is a dirty word. Massive media coverage has made performance-enhancing drugs like steroids and growth hormone infamous. In fact, the media’s widespread coverage (not to mention their zeal for sensationalism) of these substances was largely responsible for making the use of these drugs against the law.…

Power Training Burnout

Ol’ Vince Lombardi has been credited with saying, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” I hear different. I mean, it wasn’t Vince who said it first. It was General Patton. Vince, you see, was an avid fan of Patton. No matter, though. They were both wrong, wrong, wrong! Phooey! I spit on fatigue! Fatigue is…

Great Advice!

By Mike Tuchscherer, Junior World Champion Mike at the 2006IPF Jr. Worlds in Bulgaria Folks, We received an email from Mike Tuchscherer. He has some great advice which we would like to share with you. I’d like to thank Mike for this advice and serving our country in the Air Force! Enjoy! On training: I…

The Safety of Free Weights

Frederick Hatfield II, M.S. In “Free Weights vs. Machines: A Look at Pros and Cons of Each”, Elizabeth Quinn makes a case for machines being “safer” then free weights. Says she, “The most important component in any strength training program is safety. If you are new to strength training or if you are working out…