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    Biggest mistake was drinking the Riptard kool-aide.
    Second biggest mistake was drinking the 140/100/180 kool-aide.
    Third biggest mistake was not training in a PL gym.

    The first two were, IMO, bigger mistakes than the third, because they created some real attitude problems and kept me from using most of the knowledge I had accrued leading up to it (as well as preventing me from looking outside a very narrow, and frequently wrong framework to build my knowledge further). The Riptard kool-aide had me doing several things that were harmful (and didn't provide any positive impact) while also dogmatically avoiding several things that would actually have been a good idea. The 140/100/180 kool-aide resulted in me putting far too many ego-eggs in a rather arbitrary basket and obsessing over stuff that really didn't matter one iota.

    In comparison, not using a PL gym and its coaches was a relatively minor offense. No doubt I would have made much better progress early on doing that, and would be stronger now because of it. But I would have been just as likely to drink the kool-aide wherever I trained, too, so it would have been as big of a problem, just for slightly different reasons.
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    Can you elaborate on the kool aid Ryan?

    What specifically did you not like about SS or PTC standards.
    I only ask because I find both training methods interesting, i'm considering doing SS for a few months because bored and Im currently doing Markos beginner program.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jzpowahz View Post
    Not Starting earlier is my biggest regret
    Yep, this one too


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    The meathead prescribed programs will only deliver mild improvements to performance unless you are prepared to do the other part of their program - the stuff they wouldn't want to put up on YouTube and their mums don't know about. Just about any program will deliver improvements for people who don't care to play with biochemistry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vonfram88 View Post
    I probably should have done a three lift comp when I was younger and more capable instead of just bench competition. Was always worried about not being able to get total in the 700's in front of my peers and it just never happened. Now I'd be content with a total in the 600's with nobody around (there never is at local PA events anyway).But I'm glad I didn't bust myself up too much so I can still lift reasonable weights now. Definitely regret not doing more Olympic lifts but again, I might not be capable of training heavy now if I had done so.Best lesson from 30 years or so of lifting weights - no one cares about your pecs or what you lift, only you care.
    yeah a guy with your training numbers isnt capable...im weaker,probably suffer from social anxiety as much if not more than you do and i love getting up there,i really enjoy grabbing that bar not knowing if im going to make that lift or not.gives me the shits..its great.

    i think you arent prepared for having your numbers judged.they do make you do it properly.not being an ass here,but my first comp i bombed weakly because of not following comp rules.and ive had troubles with various things in following comps.it finetunes how you train.
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    biggest lesson is as above...start earlier,i reckon i would of been good if i started at 16 and didnt veer off the holy path,it just wasnt available..the prevailing wisdom of the time was weights stunted your growth..so wat..this sport is made for small guys , large ones,and even old ones which makes it numero uno in my book. turns out being 5 7 is good for something sporty.too bad.

    id probably quit lifting if i didnt have a comp to work towards or some aim in my mind.
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    Rippetoe teaches people to squat for exercise
    It's different to squatting for powerlifting
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    Quote Originally Posted by yrreg View Post
    yeah a guy with your training numbers isnt capable...im weaker,probably suffer from social anxiety as much if not more than you do and i love getting up there,i really enjoy grabbing that bar not knowing if im going to make that lift or not.gives me the shits..its great.

    i think you arent prepared for having your numbers judged.they do make you do it properly.not being an ass here,but my first comp i bombed weakly because of not following comp rules.and ive had troubles with various things in following comps.it finetunes how you train.
    The only thing a competition makes one "do properly" is barely break parallel on a squat, bench with an almost non existent pause with bum chums to help it in and out of the rack and deadlift without dumping the bar. All rather pointless effort that translate into nothing of any consequence in athletic performance or life skills. (Unless of course knowing how to speak the dialect of puffy faced spastics is considered a life skill).

    The challenge is - can one lift and keep strong when no one else is watching and the other squishy faced retards who wear the powerlifting badge aren't there for motivation? Powerlifting does not facilitate that autonomous level of commitment and it is safe to say that 90% of people currently taking the competiton platform will barely even look at a barbell in ten years time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0ni View Post
    Rippetoe teaches people to squat for exercise
    It's different to squatting for powerlifting

    this is true


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