Bench Press Technique for Powerlifting

If you weren’t aware by now, a lot of the concepts in this Powerlifting Technique series were distilled directly from Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength. While I’ll do my best to convey these complex topics in stream-lined article form, if you find yourself wanting more, note that Starting Strength contains 300+ pages of this type of discussion. It isn’t just a book about a novice program. You can grab a copy… Read More »

Practical Programming for Strength Training 3rd Edition Review

  Mark Rippetoe just released the third edition of Practical Programming for Strength Training. As a Starting Strength advocate, and a certified Starting Strength coach, frankly, buying and reading this book was a no brainer.   If you just want to know my overall recommendations, skip ahead to the bottom.   Admittedly, this is a very long review, if you’d like a (slightly) summarized version, without pictures or program examples,… Read More »

Bench Press Form: Wide Grip vs. Narrow Grip, Arched Back vs. Flat Back

I don’t care if I sound like a broken record: the principles used to create the optimized powerlifting bench press technique in this article were distilled from Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength. If you find yourself enjoying this type of analysis, you’ll love Starting Strength. Do yourself a favor and snag a copy of the book..   In the foundation article of this series, the concept of moment arms was introduced.… Read More »

Why You Should Film Your Powerlifting Training

In today’s day and age where nearly every single phone has a video camera built-in, you have no excuse not to be recording your workouts. If you get your training on video, it will benefit you in a myriad of ways. Let’s address some of the most important reasons you should be filming all of your sets.   The Perchmount Fit works well as a gym tripod. Form Feedback Is… Read More »

Powerlifting Squat Technique

Many of the core, foundational biomechanical principles discussed in this article were gleaned from Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength. Though the book is not about powerlifting per se, it contains over 300 pages of discussion on how to apply classical mechanics to the powerlifts. I highly recommend getting a copy of the book if you consider yourself a student of the game.   The first article in this series laid out… Read More »

Squat Form: Wide Stance vs. Narrow, High Bar vs. Low Bar

As far as I am aware of, there is only one book in existence that analyzes lifting from a framework of biomechanics and classical physics: Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength. Though the book is focused on general strength techniques, the powerful powerlifting optimizations contained in this article were distilled from principles found in Rippetoe’s book. If you like to learn, grab a copy of Starting Strength.   In the first installment… Read More »

Powerlifting Technique and Leverages

In Powerlifting, athletes often select their technique in one of two ways: a) they simply “do what works for them” (what is most comfortable, usually) or b) they copy great lifters. While both of these methods have their merits, unless you get lucky, both tend to cause more problems than they solve.   In this article, we’ll endeavor to use a different approach to optimizing technique. Instead of trial and… Read More »

How to Pick the Right Powerlifting Federation

Skip to my recommendations.   If you’d rather watch than read:   For this installment of the Powerlifting Competition Series, we’ll be talking about how to pick the right powerlifting federation for you, personally.   Powerlifting is all about numbers. Breaking one of the hallowed records of the sport represents the pinnacle of achievement for a Powerlifter. In sprinting, if you set the all-time mark for the 100m dash, you… Read More »

Powerlifting Deadlift Rules

The deadlift is the simplest test of strength that exists. You throw some chalk on your hands and you see how much weight you can pick up off of the floor. Like the movement itself, the rules for the deadlift in Powerlifting are relatively simple compared to the rules for the squat and the bench. Let’s break it down.   Before we get too far, if you’re looking for deadlift… Read More »

Powerlifting Bench Press Rules

We all know the feeling. It’s Monday; it’s just you, your wrist wraps, the bench, the bar, and the plates. So, how much ya bench, bro?   Sorry, I tried to resist, but I just couldn’t. Though the bench press is ever popular among gym-goers worldwide, of the three powerlifts, I would argue that it has by far the most complicated set of rules. There are a wide variety of… Read More »

Powerlifting Squat Rules

The squat is the first lift performed at every single powerlifting meet. The squat itself isn’t too complicated; you strap on your powerlifting belt, you squat down with a heavy weight and then you stand back up. The rules don’t have to be too complicated, either. Let’s make sure your squats count.   This article isn’t about technique, but if you’re trying to figure out how to optimize your squat… Read More »

Who and What is PowerliftingToWin?

So… who is the man behind PowerliftingToWin.com? Read on to find out.   While I think bios can be useful, it can sometimes be difficult to connect with people through text. Please take a few minutes to watch this video: My name is Israel Thomas Narvaez. Most of my friends call me Tom, though. I generally prefer to go by Izzy.   As I said in the video, I’ve been… Read More »

The Guide to Legal Powerlifting Gear

The following article is going to discuss the intricacies of the rules regarding powerlifting gear. If you’re looking for a place to get the powerlifting gear discussed in this article, I highly recommend LiftingLarge.com. Mike has gone above and beyond the normal call of customer service to ensure I’m always taken care of and I go out of my way to recommend his products as a result. You’ll have a… Read More »

Legal Powerlifting Equipment Specifications and Rules

The primary focus of this guide is the actual rules of Powerlifting Equipment. If you’re looking for powerlifting equipment recommendations, this isn’t necessarily the article for you. That said, if you are in the market for new equipment, it is virtually impossible to beat the combination of Rogue Fitness‘ prices and customer service. If there is any defect in your product whatsoever you will get a full replacement. GUARANTEED. Rogue… Read More »