The Arnold webcast will commence Friday, Mar. 4 at 8:30 (eastern) and run through the weekend. Check it out!
Our club has a 94kg lifter (Kevin Cornell- recent 312 total at a late January meet) lifting in the 8:30 Friday session w/Jon North and Jared Enderton. We have 4 other lifters going @ 2:30 today, but alas, they don't seem to be starting the webcast until the evening.
I'm not yet convinced mendes is a joke but I think the bulgarian philosophy requires plenty of competition experience as well. To get better at the lifts, do the lifts. To get better at the competitions do more competitions.....sounds reasonable to me. On a positive note Chad Vaughn did pretty well
In all fairness, he IS recovering from a shoulder injury and his 'injured' total (175/207/382) is top for US super heavies (Zach Schluender is top ranked for the PAN AM team w/a 374 total)!
In regards to the Bulgarian philosophy, I think it works well when you are willing to toss an injured lifter aside and have the next one that looks just like him step up. With so few in the US lifting, I don't think the assembly line, keep up or be left behind will work - we don't have the numbers to beat the elite into submission in hopes that will survive and produce a miracle. That being said it is a fine line between pushing hard enough and burning out/blowing up - an enormous task for our coaches.
Sad to see Zach Krych pull out of the jerks after reinjuring his wrist after a GREAT comeback at the American Open.