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    I like Steve Shaw's method. Instead of setting a...

    I like Steve Shaw's method. Instead of setting a rep goal for each set, set a goal for each exercise.

    For example:
    Bench Press - 3 sets - 20 reps

    You then do as many reps with good form as you...
  • Glad to help. I've heard good things from people...

    Glad to help. I've heard good things from people who have run ICF for extended periods of time.
  • Use this as an example. Johnny and Billy are...

    Use this as an example.

    Johnny and Billy are equal body weight, and have been training the same amount of time.
    Johnny is at 185 bench on his 5x5, but keeps stalling.
    Billy is at 250 bench on...
  • Your current numbers have dick all to do with...

    Your current numbers have dick all to do with what program you run, and that's true for anyone. It's more about what you can adequately recover from while still making consistent gains.

    Most...
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    So you only do things if you think you'll get...

    So you only do things if you think you'll get recognition? Ever heard of a thing called 'fun'?



    That is impossible to answer without knowing who else would be competing at the same meet as you...
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    Steve Shaw -...

    Steve Shaw - https://www.youtube.com/user/BeardedBeastofDuloc
    Jonathan Byrd - https://www.youtube.com/user/jbyrd55
    Brian Carroll - https://www.youtube.com/user/bigcarroll81
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    How long have you been lifting? How many days a...

    How long have you been lifting? How many days a week do/can you train?
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    What program are you running now? Do you plan on...

    What program are you running now? Do you plan on entering powerlifitng meets, or are you just trying to get stronger in general?
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    Programs aren't magic. If you follow these...

    Programs aren't magic. If you follow these guidelines:

    1. Run a program written by someone who knows what they are doing (not yourself)
    2. Run a program designed for your goals...
  • Hook grip double overhand.

    Hook grip double overhand.
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    1. Take a deep breath before the start of each...

    1. Take a deep breath before the start of each lift. It's easier to keep your core tight and your back flat with full lungs.

    2. Looking that far up can cause hyperextension of the back, which can...
  • This. Especially for your first meet. Just go...

    This. Especially for your first meet. Just go out, have fun, and learn from the experience.
  • 4 days max for powerlifting, and probably 3...

    4 days max for powerlifting, and probably 3 considering where you're at in your training. Get on a linear progression program like one of the ones Turtora posted, and run it until you start stalling...
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    What strength program were you running? ...

    What strength program were you running?

    Assuming it was linear progression, are you switching because you were stalling frequently, or are you just bored?
  • If you think you might enjoy it, then do it. ...

    If you think you might enjoy it, then do it.

    Do not wait until you think your lifts are "respectable".

    Do not wait until you think you will get 1st in your weight class.

    If you like lifting...
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    How long have you been lifting?

    How long have you been lifting?
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    By providing more speed off the chest with the...

    By providing more speed off the chest with the sling shot you can use 10-15% more weight than normal and overload the triceps during the lockout phase of the lift and illicit greater strength and...
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    If you can, post a video of your sumo form. Too...

    If you can, post a video of your sumo form. Too hard to critique or give advice without seeing what's going on.
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    As far as reliability, both are fine, it' a...

    As far as reliability, both are fine, it' a matter of preference. Personally, I prefer hook grip.

    As far as pain, of all the lifters I've known who say hook grip hurts too much were doing it...
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    Sticky: Did a meet a few weeks back. PR'd my bench,...

    Did a meet a few weeks back. PR'd my bench, deadlift and total. Squat needs some work though...

    g-JMi1r4ilc
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