Just read it yesterday. Agreed that it was well-written and a good read. I like it when pieces of writing are balanced so that they are neither hagiographies nor muckraking. It talked about the camaraderie of the powerlifting community but also mentioned the injuries, to the author as well as others. And the image of long time powerlifters “not so much walk[ing] as much as waddling.” Was not a welcome one.
P.S. I’m not so sure that I buy the logic that years of pushing out against your belt will give you a distended stomach. Let’s say I spend 20 min on my ME exercises and 10 min on each of my DE exercises - a fair estimation. Even if I am pushing my belly out that ENTIRE time, thats only one hour out of the 168 during the week. And THATS going to give you a distended belly? I’m going to call bullsh-t on that one.