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    That would be referring to competing on the platform or assisting in a competition (e.g. acting as a ref/judge or platform loader or organiser) of a non tested fed. Turning up to watch would not be participating. No more than watching porno makes you a porn actor. Sorry bazza.

    Personally, I think its kinda silly. Its not as if there are not enough PA comps every year, so no need to go looking for others. And if I want to go to the Arnold and watch Dan Green get all awesome 'n chit then thats my business. Even "Bob" went to Fitex and the Arnold.

    Wasn't Lee Priest banned from one fed for competing in another? Or was it more than that?





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    So basically PA are saying that if you compete in a non tested event/organisation they are going to assume your a drug cheat and ban you from PA membership?

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    Personally I don't know why a PA lifter would lift at a gym affiliated to another fed, but whatever floats your boat.

    No I couldn't see you getting in trouble for watching a comp, but does anyone go to comps that they're not involved with in some way to spectate?


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    Why wouldn't they lift in a non PA gym though?

    Is there something special about 'PA gym's
    I doubt it
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    I like to lift with people who help to make me stronger.
    They aren't necessarily in PA.


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    Quote Originally Posted by canned tuna View Post
    Why wouldn't they lift in a non PA gym though?

    Is there something special about 'PA gym's
    I doubt it
    Because chances are, you're using different type of equipment than what you would in a comp (like bendy deadlift bars, monolifts etc), and your coach can't coach you at a comp unless they're a PA member as well, nor are you going to be competing with the people that you train with.

    There's nothing inherently special about PA gyms, but to my mind if you're wanting to train with other powerlifters, wouldn't you want to train with the ones you'd compete with, using the same sort of equipment as what you'd find in a comp?


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    Quote Originally Posted by bozodos View Post
    Because chances are, you're using different type of equipment than what you would in a comp (like bendy deadlift bars, monolifts etc), and your coach can't coach you at a comp unless they're a PA member as well, nor are you going to be competing with the people that you train with.

    There's nothing inherently special about PA gyms, but to my mind if you're wanting to train with other powerlifters, wouldn't you want to train with the ones you'd compete with, using the same sort of equipment as what you'd find in a comp?
    I suppose. Good points though, especially the coaching side.

    Coming into comp prep agreed would help to have that specific gear

    Personally I'm just a floater so train at both a gym full of PA guys and also one with GPCers..
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    I don't know of any gyms that are PA only. A lot of PA lifters are members at my gym but most are bodybuilders or non PA lifters. Surprising number of boxers and olympic lifters too. A real mix.

    The issue with equipment used by a fed is more of an issue for non PA lifters. PA don't use "cheaty" monolifts. GPC/CAPO/PTC lifters do. PA don't use "easier" whippy deadlift bars (e.g. Texas deadlift bar), but the "others" do. So PA lifters are more likely to have less of an issue finding equipment that they use in a comp.

    I have always trained alone for the most part. If I wanted to train with someone who let me lift my head and heels and bounce the bar off my chest, Im pretty sure a gym bro would do that. Same for squatting shallow.

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    I wouldn't have thought there'd be too many GPC lifters at say MUWPC or Obsidian for example, even our little gym is PA or unaffiliated lifters only. I don't think anyone would have a problem with someone from another fed training there, as long as they were natty and not suspended / banned by ASADA.

    Good point about lifters from other feds and specialised equipment.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bozodos View Post
    I wouldn't have thought there'd be too many GPC lifters at say MUWPC or Obsidian for example, even our little gym is PA or unaffiliated lifters only. I don't think anyone would have a problem with someone from another fed training there, as long as they were natty and not suspended / banned by ASADA.

    Good point about lifters from other feds and specialised equipment.
    True, you are far less likely to find GPC members at a "PA gym", but you more so hear of PA lifters who train at "GPC/any" gym.

    Perhaps us PA lifters are more judgmental on the whole?


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