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When Do You Know That You Are a Powerlifter? »

Hi guys. First I want to apologize for this long pause. I’ve been very busy in the last few weeks so the Powerlifting Academy suffered by having no new articles during that time. I am back on track and will be eager to share some new stuff with you soon. I’m also preparing for the National IPF Championships in April. So stay tuned.

In the meantime I have some interesting stuff for you. I do not know who the author of these sentences is but these are definitely falling on your ass funny.

You might be a powerlifter if…

  • The doctor tells you that you need more iron in your diet so you throw in an extra set of lock-outs!
  • You check squat depth when using the john.
  • When you work a desk during the day and you still have 1/2 inch thick calluses on your hands.
  • You think baby powder on your thighs and chalk on your hands looks cool.
  • Whenever a non-PL friend of yours moves house, or needs to move heavy things around the place, you are the FIRST person they call for help!
  • You psych up before lifting your laundry basket off the floor.
  • Most people in the gym don’t like you.
  • You are NOT at a powerlifting gym when during your leg routine, you have all the 45’s in the gym on your own bar and a bunch of guys are watching you waiting for you to share.
  • You dismount the toilet like doing box squats (to perfect that explosive power).
  • You think torn track pants, an old, sweaty, filthy t-shirt advertising a garbage company, and SLIPPERS, are perfectly suitable gym attire.
  • You can’t count above 5 but can multiply by 45 in your head.
  • People at gym tell you someone is looking very “cut” and you think they had a terrible accident in the kitchen.
  • When the word “gear” refers to squat suits, bench shirts, wraps, belts, suit slippers, salts and chalk, not STEROIDS.
  • When you inhale ammonia instead of using it for cleaning.
  • When the amount of weight you lift is more important than how cleanly shaven your legs are or how dark your tan is.
  • When the gym owner kicks you out for bending yet another bar while squatting.
  • You think a 16 oz. steak is a snack to have between meals.
  • It takes 5 seconds for your spirit to re-enter your body after deadlifting.
  • You think that creatine is a food group.
  • You use a 1 kg plate as a paper-weight on your desk at work.
  • You have baby powder in your gym bag.
  • You take your weight belt off in between sets or while going to the water fountain or restroom.
  • You develop “white lung” from the chalk and baby powder.
  • You use the handicap stall at a public restroom for the use of the handrails on leg day.
  • You are annoyed by someone using the power rack for curls, even when the gym is empty.
  • You can’t understand why college wrestlers wear powerlifting uniforms.
  • You have more garments in your gym bag made of polyester than is worn by the whole crew at McDonald’s.
  • You think it is cool the Japanese named a national sport after your deadlifting style.
  • The greeting “Good Morning” makes your hamstrings and lower back ache.
  • You think of helping your neighbors move their piano as “a set”.
  • You drop something, and go into a sumo stance to pick it up.
  • You might be a powerlifting female if all heads turn when you squat.
  • You might be a powerlifting female if you get more excited over squat shoes and new belt than you do over jewelry.
  • You get accused by bodybuilders of taking steroids because you’re stronger than they are.
  • You daydream of pushpressing aerobic instructors to see how high they will fly.
  • You have ever used a Home Depot card to purchase “training equipment”.

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Baby Powder (Talcum Powder) for Reducing Friction During Deadlift »

Talcum Powder for Lubrication in Powerlifting

Talcum powder, also known as baby powder, is composed of talc mineral (hydrated magnesium silicate or H2Mg3(SiO3)4). It is used as a lubricant in sports like powerlifting for keeping the legs smooth and basketball for keeping the hands dry.

Baby Powder Use in Powerlifting

  • Deadlift (Depending on your technique, at some point during the lift the bar will come in contact with your thighs. Sometimes your suit, sweat or leg hair will cause friction and make the raising of the barbell pass that area more difficult. Coating the quads in baby powder will create slippery environment pass which the barbell can travel up smoothly).

Do not confuse baby powder to magnesium carbonate (gym chalk) because these two have completely different effects. While both chalk and powder are used for absorbing perspiration, chalk is used for increasing grip strength and powder for making thighs slicker. Therefore, pay attention not to get any powder on your hands since it may reduce friction at the moment when a strong grip is needed. Also, avoid stepping into powder prior to lifting because it may cause your feet to slip.

Competition Rules

Each powerlifting federation has its own rules about accessories and apparel. IPF competition rulebook on personal equipment, for example, states the following about powder and related lubricating and drying agents.

  • The use of oil, grease or other lubricants on the body, or personal equipment is strictly forbidden.
  • Baby powder, resin, talc or magnesium carbonates are the only substances that may be added to the body and attire.

WPF federation, on the other hand, allows only block powder form since it’s less messy.

Talcum Powder Disadvantages

Overuse of powder by lifters became very common. Nothing can create a mess in the gym like using powder, especially the loose form. This is why in commercial gyms and meets it is usually forbidden due to the high clean up costs.

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Gym Chalk (Magnesium Carbonate) for Drying Sweaty Hands and Stronger Grip »

Powerlifter Chalks Hands for Stronger Grip Magnesium carbonate is a white solid that occurs in nature as a mineral (MgCO3). More commonly it is referred to as the gym chalk or climbing chalk due to its use in sports like powerlifting, weightlifting, gymnastics, rock climbing and athletics (shot put, javelin throw, hammer throw, discus throw).

Magnesium carbonate acts as a drying agent for hands by absorbing sweat. This ensures reliable and strong grip and prevents slipping of the equipment from your hands.

Note that chalk used in sports is different than the one for drawing on sidewalks and blackboards (sidewalk chalk or blackboard chalk). Also, chalk is not the same as baby powder. Although baby powder does absorb the sweat from your hands it will do quite the opposite to your grip than chalk; reduce the friction between the bar and the hands and as a consequence weaken your natural grip strength.

Gym Chalk Benefits in Powerlifting

  • Squat (Use chalk on your hands to ensure stronger grip on the bar. Spread it across the back to hold the bar in place and remove pressure to your wrists. It can be used on knee area underneath knee wraps for an extra measure of hold. Some people even chalk the floor to prevent slipping).
  • Bench Press (Chalking hands strengthens the grip on the barbell. You can apply it on your shoulder blades and butt to prevent sliding from the bench during the lift).
  • Deadlift (Deadlifting strength is limited to the grip strength on the bar. A lot of people can’t hold the weight they can actually lift, which prevents them from achieving the peak performance. Also, concentrating on holding the bar instead on lifting it will definitely throw your technique off course. Gym chalk should be heavily spread across the entire palm and fingers to surpass this problem. This may help you add even up to 100lbs (45kg) to your grip strength).

Common Magnesium Carbonate Forms

  • Chalk Powder (Powder is the most common form used. But there is a certain drawback to it; it creates a mess in the gym. So be careful if you have a strict gym policy about the usage of such chalk form).
  • Chalk Blocks (Chalk block, also called chalk soap or chalk ball is more efficient than powder because it wastes less during use and therefore lasts much longer. You can store it in a plastic zipper seal bag (sandwich bag) or a chalk bag which is more commonly used in rock climbing. When you want to use it just put your hands inside the chalk bag, roll the block around them a few times and it will coat your hands nicely).
  • Liquid Chalk (Available in lotion and spray forms it is ideal for commercial gyms where chalk is not allowed or you have a gym manager who gets angry when you make a mess by using it. Apply it across the area you want and it will transform in solid chalk in few seconds. Liquid chalk is legal for use in all competitions).

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