We are going to launch a new monthly Q&A column in which Mike Wolfe (world class equipped raw bench press specialist) answers your questions. The column will be visible on www.atlargenutrition.com.
We are looking for the initial set of questions for Mike so please feel free to post yours here and maybe they will get published in the column!
What is an appropriate age to start powerlifting training?
Is there an age where you are just "too old?"
Do you do any cardio and why?
Other than the obvious risk of injury, are there any health concerns related to being a power lifter?
In general, do you perceive any downsides to being a powerlifter?
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Do supplements honestly help when your powerlifting or is a proper diet enough...?
GREAT IDEA!!! I have a ton...
How would you teach a lifter to maintain upper back tightness when benching?
What's the most common mistake you see people doing when they bench press?
How would you coach someone to use leg drive in their bench press?
A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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Good freaking question!Originally Posted by Sensei
Awesome.. here are a few:
>> Can you Westside.. without Westside? In other words Wolfy, if you were to leave Westside today, would you still be putting up the numbers you do? How much of Westside is the gym atomsphere, the competition, the motivation and the small bits of knowledge that Louie and George provide?
>> Just got my first set of bands from Elite. Should a new band user just jump into a full Westside band program? Or start slowly? If slowly, then what and how do you recommend the progression? (Oh heck, I may not be able to wait until next month for this one.. I think I'll start a new thread... and then maybe Chris, part of Wolfy's Q&A can reference certain WBB Threads?)
>> Wolfy - truthfully - why are your squat and DL not on the same level as your bench? It seems to go against even some of Westside's own theories.
>> What else are you using kettlebells for? We've seen those triceps extension pictures and I read in PL USA-Aug 06 that you add them to the bench bar - what else?
>> And why add them to the bench bar? The article in PL USA didn't fully explain it - more of just a reference from Louie.
>> and Floor pressing - I still don't get it?? Can't you get the same thing from board presses? or limited ROM of BPs?
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I can answer this one for him. He has screwed up ankles, has broken both of them numerous times, from skateboarding.Originally Posted by bearwolf
Damn, I wonder how many plys that board has to be to support Wolfy.Originally Posted by NickW
Mike: What is the most important aspect of acheiving big bench numbers? Speed training, ME, technique, bands and chains, etc?
Also, what would you tell someone wishing to increase their numbers but still train for hypertrophy?
Chocolate!!! All the way, I guess that was the easiest one on here. Ok whatever ones do not get picked i'll try my best to answer them!!!
this will be a great addition
PRs: 655/525/645 = 1825 Total
Meet PRs: Bench Only 525
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looking forward to it wolfy you better post a link to the q+a once its out!
How much bodyweight is too much, and how much is too little?
Bulking all the way, and getting to your highest weight class a.s.a.p., or constant cycles of bulking and cutting, slowly working up to a higher bodyweight?
Shoulder work: how much is too much? (Big Gene mentioned lately he has stopped all additional front delt work because he was overtraining them constantly)
[possibly long one:] Tips on assessing one's own weaknesses, for those who train alone?
Question: Areas of focus on the bench press other then rowing movements for someone who fails at the bottom of the bench press. This is taking into account that the person's ratio of rowing (bent over, seated etc) to pressing is very high.
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"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord!"
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Question; I'm training as a RAW PL, and my bench is terrible! I'm looking to include board work, should I bother? What other ME exercises should I do as a RAW lifter?
How about an explination on what a "groove" is?
My only other one would be "How tight should/can a bench shirt be without it being too tight"?
Lots of good questions here. We will pick 2 or 3 in a few days and get this going within the next few days.
What type of shoe would you or Louie recommend for benching?
I second this question, I always fail right off my chest, and pull way more than I push.Originally Posted by Maki Riddington
What does your diet look like?
Ok, we have selected the following questions for the first installment of the Q&A:
UnknownSoldier --- Do supplements honestly help when your powerlifting or is a proper diet enough...?
Sensei -- How would you coach someone to use leg drive in their bench press?
phreak --- Shoulder work: how much is too much? (Big Gene mentioned lately he has stopped all additional front delt work because he was overtraining them constantly)
Now, for those whose questions we have selected if you want your real name used in the column or part of it please PM it to me by no later than this Friday the 15th.
Originally Posted by waynedang