I have been watching video of lifters preparing for the WPC Worlds. I won’t name any names…
It is funny watching a fat guy get under 1000+ pounds in the squat. The bar is in a monolift, wouldn’t want anyone to tire themselves out by unracking the bar and walking the weight out.
They huff and puff and snort ammonia, their training partners yell and slap them on the back. The psyche-up takes more time than the lift itself.
The squat, when is comes, is an anti-climax. The fat guy drops about 2 feet, stops well above parallel then starts back up, locking out with a grunt.
His training partners applaud the effort.
How can an honest lifter relate to this chicanery? I’m talking about a lifter who competes in only a belt and singlet, who unracks and walks out his squats and holds himself to a higher standard of excellence, i.e. actually breaking parallel.
And the bench press is no better…
More fat guys belly benching, using a max legal grip that would destroy their shoulders if they weren’t wearing a bench shirt. Their ROM is maybe 12 inches. How impressive.
The deadlift is the only lift left that is free of this insanity. That is why lots of these SHWs squat 1000, bench 800 and pull only 600-700.
I’d be more impressed by a single-ply lifter in the USAPL going 800-600-700 or even better a raw lifter in the ADAU going 650-500-700.
Let’s get some legitimacy back into powerlifting and ban multi-ply gear and monolifts. Call these guys on depth instead of contributing to their delusion.