2011 Women’s Nationals

05/23/2011 Mass-Lift 0

This past weekend there was only one local lifter at Women’s Nationals in Atlanta, GA. Liane Blyn (Open, 181wc) made her come back after a sever car accident this past winter. Liane finished the day with a 446.4lbs squat, 358.2lbs bench, 424.3lbs deadlift for a 1,229lbs total. Liane only attempted 7 lifts as she passed on her third squat and last two deadlifts, perhaps a result from her injuries but she made all 7 attempts. Read More

2011 Master’s Nationals

05/02/2011 Mass-Lift 0

Several local lifters took part in the 2011 Master’s Nationals this past weekend in Atlanta, GA. Cohasset’s own Eric Kupperstein (M1b, 123wc) took first place and set several National and American Records in the Squat and Deadlift and a National Record in the Bench Press. Eric finished the day with a 473.9lbs squat, 270lbs bench, 551 deadlift for a 1,295.2lbs total. Joining Eric was Paul Mears (M2b, 165wc), who couldn’t get a legal squat in Read More

Kupperstein Featured in Power Magazine

02/04/2011 Mass-Lift 0

One to Watch: Eric Kupperstein Written by POWER www.thepowermagazine.com Eric Kupperstein has been competing in powerlifting for many years, has won many national and world titles, and has set and holds many national and world records. He currently competes in the USAPL and prefers to lift raw. Here is a little bit about Power’s “One to Watch.” Power: How old where you when you began powerlifting? EK: I entered my first competition, which was a Read More

A Gym Rat’s Guide to the One-Rep Max

09/19/2010 Matthew Gary 0

Show me a person who doesn’t want to be strong and I’ll show you someone who doesn’t get off the couch very often. The ability to move heavy objects and perform physically demanding tasks is just plain cool. When you’re strong, you don’t have to walk around thumping your chest like an idiot, people will stand up and take notice. Since most of us don’t go around lifting cars or chopping down trees with our Read More

Training Specificity for Powerlifters

01/03/2010 Matthew Gary 0

Navigating the tortuous road to athletic achievement requires a comprehensive roadmap. Motivated trainees are constantly searching for the latest protocol that will transport their performance to the next level. They will scour the Internet for the most recent training methodology. Athletes will dive into the pool of printed media including articles, journals, periodicals, and texts in an effort to find the missing link that will take them from novice to elite. Some will even travel Read More

A Powerlifter’s Guide to Attempt Selection

05/11/2009 Matthew Gary 0

Selecting appropriate attempts, at powerlifting competitions, is a lost art. Too often, lifters fail to reap the rewards of a long training cycle because they select poor attempts. “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” – Henry Russell Sanders, UCLA head football coach, 1956.  This famous quote epitomizes the competitive spirit that permeates sports in our society. While this attitude is entirely appropriate in many sports arenas, it doesn’t make much sense in powerlifting. Powerlifting Read More

Periodization and the Annual Training Plan – Part One

04/11/2008 Matthew Gary 0

Serious and quantifiable improvement, in any quest, necessitates specific goals and objectives with imposed deadlines. If you merely want to get stronger this year, then visit your local gym and start working out. But, if you wanted to squat 500 pounds by June 1, then clearly defined and methodical training is essential. In part one of this article series, I will give a brief historical account of Periodization then define how it applies to training Read More

Discipline and Regret

02/04/2008 Matthew Gary 0

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed,..” Theodore Roosevelt In 1983, my sixth grade geography teacher was Spero Tshontikidis (pictured left). In addition to teaching, Mr. Tshontikidis was a competitive powerlifter in Read More

The Pull-Up

01/07/2008 Matthew Gary 0

  If the squat is the king of all exercises, then the pull-up should be acknowledged with the same royalty. Simply stated, the pull-up is the squat for the upper body.  The squat is the unrivaled king of all strength training exercises. It is unparalleled in its overall effectiveness at taxing the entire body. The ankle, hip, and knee joints are all in motion thus ensuring that nearly every major leg muscle is utilized. Additionally, Read More

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