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I wish I started training for strength earlier or got into football when I was younger. I grew up just playing a lot of basketball and running around all the way through high school. A tiny 125 pound asian dude.
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Originally Posted by LM16 View Post

I got the game-day chinos, not sure if that matters.  My quads are around 26.5" at largest point around and my waist is 31" or so depending on fluid levels.  Hips are 40" if I recall.
yeah not sure really what the issue was. my quads shrunk but i have a big waist cuz of them erectors/ass.
post #17718 of 48947
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Just out of curiosity, why did you guys decide to pursue powerlifting vs. olympic lifting?

Olympic lifting really wasn't the type of people I enjoyed hanging around with for one - there are a lot of prima-donnas at our facilities that olympic lift - and probably much more importantly my shoulder mobility sucks due to rotator cuff injury while playing college lacrosse so a lot of overhead work isn't particularly great for me.  I incorporate olympic lifts at various training cycles in myself and my clients but a big draw for me in powerlifting was longevity and the fact that I'll be able to do something competitively for a long time and enjoy it.  You don't see many olympic lifters over 35, whereas all the guy in my crew for powerlifting are 50+ and still getting at it.  Recently had one of the guys squat 900 and he's 58.  Further the powerlifting community is extremely positive and some of the best people I've met in this world have been powerlifters in terms of quality of character.  The olympic meets I've been to on the other hand seems to carry a bit more negative vibe.  Again those are just my experiences and I'm sure it's not the case everywhere in terms of the character of people between the two.

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Just out of curiosity, why did you guys decide to pursue powerlifting vs. olympic lifting?

Can't speak for others, but finding a place to do O-lifting can be very difficult. I've seen very few gyms with bumper plates. The lifts are very technical as well (clean & jerk is easier to learn, the snatch is tough to learn) and require a good coach. If you're lucky enough to have access to good O-lift coaching and equipment, give it a shot. O-lifting is very athletic, requiring power, speed, and flexibility. My shoulder flexibility isn't that great and I ended up doing a split snatch rather than a squat snatch.
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I wish I started training for strength earlier or got into football when I was younger. I grew up just playing a lot of basketball and running around all the way through high school. A tiny 125 pound asian dude.

I know how that goes.  I graduated high school at 130 lbs.  Over the 4 years of college I managed to get up to a relatively lean 215 while playing lacrosse for the school and so began my pursuit of awesome and my passion for health and fitness.

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Can't speak for others, but finding a place to do O-lifting can be very difficult. I've seen very few gyms with bumper plates. The lifts are very technical as well (clean & jerk is easier to learn, the snatch is tough to learn) and require a good coach. If you're lucky enough to have access to good O-lift coaching and equipment, give it a shot. O-lifting is very athletic, requiring power, speed, and flexibility. My shoulder flexibility isn't that great and I ended up doing a split snatch rather than a squat snatch.

So many people hop into the olympic lifts without a coach and it probably is one of the biggest mistakes out there.  It's one (just one of them) reason that crossfit has so many injuries - they have a lot of coaches that are absolutely not certified or qualified to be teaching olympic lifts.

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I wish I started training for strength earlier or got into football when I was younger. I grew up just playing a lot of basketball and running around all the way through high school. A tiny 125 pound asian dude.

On the note of asians:

I've noticed a really, really weird dichotomy with asian dudes at my gym. They're either incredibly shredded and strong as hell, or they're 125 pounds and do these ridiculous "wtf workouts" with almost no one in between. I never see just an average, decently-built asian dude my my gym.

One guy is like 5'10", probably 190 pounds with sub-10 BF and benches around 300. Another guy is probably 6'0", 130 pounds, and does some sort of weird power clean using a Smith machine.
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Originally Posted by Axelman 17 View Post

Just out of curiosity, why did you guys decide to pursue powerlifting vs. olympic lifting?

For me, it's just something I got hooked on.

I think it's because my personality matches up quite well with powerlifting.
post #17724 of 48947
wtf charly you used to weight 125 all through high school?



apparently the world record for bench at the 165lb weight class at a full meet is 485 lb. -_- wtf. my weight class and i can't even deadlift that much.
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

wtf charly you used to weight 125 all through high school?
apparently the world record for bench at the 165lb weight class at a full meet is 485 lb. -_- wtf. my weight class and i can't even deadlift that much.

3x BW bench press...holy hell lol.

I'll be thrilled if I can break 300 by the end of the year.
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Originally Posted by LM16 View Post

I know how that goes.  I graduated high school at 130 lbs.  Over the 4 years of college I managed to get up to a relatively lean 215 while playing lacrosse for the school and so began my pursuit of awesome and my passion for health and fitness.

I semi-regret being so lazy back then. All I did was play video games -__-

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On the note of asians:
I've noticed a really, really weird dichotomy with asian dudes at my gym. They're either incredibly shredded and strong as hell, or they're 125 pounds and do these ridiculous "wtf workouts" with almost no one in between. I never see just an average, decently-built asian dude my my gym.
One guy is like 5'10", probably 190 pounds with sub-10 BF and benches around 300. Another guy is probably 6'0", 130 pounds, and does some sort of weird power clean using a Smith machine.

I don't know.. I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder. I'm 5'11" 193-194 and bench 300+ but I think my build is pretty average.

But I know what you mean by tiny asian dudes. There's a group of about 6 of them at my gym. They're all friends and all look the same body-wise. They do the same things day in and day out, do curls, and flex their 150 pound bodies in front of the mirrors while grunting at their own reflections. I'm squatting not 10 feet away from them and I always just visibly SMH that them after my sets so they can see the disapproval. Now they usually do their curls at the other end of the gym when I'm there.
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wtf charly you used to weight 125 all through high school?

Yep! Used to be a sort of an athletic 125 though. Was really quick and explosive and able to dunk (only one hand though). I think a lot of that came from growing up forced to do taekwondo. Made a deal with my parents I'd get to 2nd degree black belt and drop that shit because it's extremely gay. Like ballet with kicking.
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Originally Posted by LM16 View Post

So many people hop into the olympic lifts without a coach and it probably is one of the biggest mistakes out there.  It's one (just one of them) reason that crossfit has so many injuries - they have a lot of coaches that are absolutely not certified or qualified to be teaching olympic lifts.

I found the coaching really helped with the snatch as that is very technical. I found the C&J pretty easy to learn. I'm lucky in that I have an awesome garage gym, bumper plates and all. I've done CF since 2003. I no longer do the WOD, but I do that style of working out. I've never been injured and I didn't get the O-lift coaching until several years after starting CF. I've heard of very few CF injuries due to bad O-lift form; actually, I'm not sure I've ever heard of such an injury. Most of the CF injuries are due to too much volume too soon. Not trying to revive the CF debate, but I'm 48, have done CF for 9 years all on my own, and have never been injured. Sore? Hell yes.
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Mother of god....
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Originally Posted by mrchariybrown View Post

Yep! Used to be a sort of an athletic 125 though. Was really quick and explosive and able to dunk (only one hand though). I think a lot of that came from growing up forced to do taekwondo. Made a deal with my parents I'd get to 2nd degree black belt and drop that shit because it's extremely gay. Like ballet with kicking.

Fucking lol.

The common theme around here is if your kid can't play sports, you enroll him in Taekwondo.

(I did it for a year shog[1].gif )
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