Ok so I’m pretty damn pissed off right now. I just got back from gym, it was my squat day. So basicaly I was training singles in order to increase my max strength (Powerlifting, duh). My current 1 rep max squat is 170 kg (375 lb). So after succesfully completing this lift, I am feeling pretty good so I decide to try lifting 180 kg (397 lb).
So I get ready to lift and I see in the mirror this very big (admittedly) old (maybe 50) bodybuilder watchiing me. I’ve spoken to him before and he is a nice guy but a very pure bodybuilder, always recommending very slow lifts with lighter loads and never go below 6 reps kind of old fashioned thinking.
Cool, so what. I attempt the lift. I say attempt because yes, I failed. At the bottom of the squat I try but just can’t get it up so I sink very low and put the bar down on the side bars of the rack. Sigh, dissapointedly and stand up to start unloading the bar.
Then out of nowhere I hear this loud voice saying my name (literaly loud enough for the whole gym to hear). So I turn around and its the big guy. He starts telling me very loudly that I am going too heavy and I am going to fuck up my back. So I ask “Was there anything wrong with my form?”. So he replies, “No, but you are going too heavy. Rather take off all those plates so it’s just 60 kg (132 lb)and go very slowly. do that for 4 sets of 10 reps”.
This starts making me quite angry because litteraly the whole gym is watching (I go to quite a comercial pussy gym full of people who want to get “toned”). All everybody else sees is a youngster (I’m 19) being told off by someone who clearly knows what he is talking about. So I say “Im not training bodybuilding I am trying to powerlift to get stronger”.
He then becomes very agitated and starts ranting about how he fucked up his back when he was my age and how every time I squat heavy my discs are leaking fluid and how strength will come with muscle mass. I counter, “so you’re saying that every powerlifter in the world has a fucked up back.” (I must admit I thought I had him here). But, amazingly he replies, “yes. There have been no long term studies on the effects of this on people and look at how young powerlifters retire.”
I was amazed at this point and I see people all around me nodding their head in agreement and looking dissaprovingly at me. I end the arguement with “I don’t agree” and then leave. Have any of you encountered this kind of thing before? Is there any merit whatsovever in this guys arguement? Is it even possible to get strong doing only 10 rep sets???
Maybe I’m just ranting to de-stress but I would like to hear your guys thoughts on this. I don’t know if its relavent but here is my info:
19 years old
74 kg (163 lb)at 5’8
lifting for 2 years
Lifts - all 1 rep max
Squat: 170 kg (375 lb)
Dead: 195 kg (430 lb)
Bench: 130 kg (287 lb) (yea it sucks, I know, I’m working on it… tend to do much better with dumbells, 50 kg in each hand for 4 reps)