Just gonna post this to fill you in on my first experience in a real powerlifting gym.
Today, I went to Jakked Hardcore Gym in Montgomery, IL. It's an hour away from where I live, but it was definitely worth the trip. I went with three of my friends and had a blast. It's mainly a bodybuilding gym, but they have separate rooms for powerlifting and strongman. I chose the powerlifting room.
I walked in and saw two monolifts, three competition benches, a GHR, and a reverse hyper. There was also tons of chalk, specialty bars, nose tork (more on this later), and deadlifting platforms.
I was also able to plug in my iPod and we played Pantera, Lamb of God, As I Lay Dying, and Disturbed the whole time.
It was a max effort upper body day and I had 2 board presses for my ME lift. Last week, I hit a hard 275. This week, I was going for 285. However, this didn't happen. I ended up hitting 305 for a 30 lb. PR, and it flew off the boards. 275 was just as fast. Then 295 - Fast. Then 305 - Fast. The combination of heavy metal, chalk, my friends, and the nose tork just sent me over the edge.
That was the first time I had ever used Nose Tork. Let me tell you, it was the strongest shit ever. That fired me up like no other and I screamed at the top of my lungs, got on the bench, and put on a smoke show for all of my ME attempts. I wish I had a video, but I forgot to have one of my friends take one. I have a video tour of the place, as well. That will be up on YouTube shortly.
But all in all, the best gym experience ever. If I didn't live so far away, I'd be there every time to lift. I'll definitely be going back there soon.