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Knee sleves: what we know and what we don’t

After all, does a soft, neoprene knee sleeve have any effect over a squat, a snatch or a clean and jerk? A good orthopedist will positively tell you: from a mechanical point of view, NO. A knee sleeve offers no mechanical support. This is why it is allowed in raw (or unequipped) powerlifting competitions. A […]

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What a true reply to a layman to the question about why we lift would look like

‘- Young man, would you care to explain to me why you are lifting those weights – Sure ma’am, no problem: this is an autotelic activity, which means those who engage in it do so motivated by a self-referenced end. In other words, the purpose of lifting is itself. Did that help? – A little

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The IPL Worlds: my first account

Here’s the data: I won at the open and master category at my bodyweight class (132lb), broke the squat and bench press open records plus all the master records. Got close to breaking the total, far from breaking the deadlift record and close to best lifter. In terms of my personal performance and results, it

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Pain and powerlifting (again): yes, it affects performance and how we are dealing with it

Back to discussing pain management in powerlifting (the previous article being “No pain, no gain – the dark side of pain in powerlifting or any sport” , I bring two new items for us to chew on: first, the results of a survey I did with competitive powerlifters about their own pain management strategies. Second,

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Powerlifter Guardian Angels: Elite tactical athletes

          According to not-so-recent research, more than 95% of the world population believes in some form of deity. Along with it, usually people believe in protective entities that are frequently called “guardian angels”. If you are reading this article, chances are (95%, to be precise) that you believe in both. Supposing

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Stress and performance in powerlifting

Stress. That’s the bottom line after endless tests and clinical evaluations. In the end, vulnerability to injury, problems with recovery from injury and staling in pre-competitive preparation stem from stress. But where does stress come from? Unfortunately, the literature on sports psychology is mostly restricted to collegiate Olympic athletes and focuses on injury specific events.

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