No, I have NOT become a powerlifter; I never was though I entered a couple of bench press contests and did some intramural Olympic weight lifting meets. Yes, my totals were a joke (snatch: 110, clean and jerk 195) But I’ve decided to add some dead lifts back to my routine..to my current shame, 225 feels HEAVY. Seriously. I have to fix that.
That lead me to look up old stuff and the lifter pictured is Don Reinhoudt, who won the world power lifting superheavyweight championship 4 years in a row. Yes, he had some incredible totals (2391 total; benched over 600 in one meet, dead lifted 885 and squatted 905. His totals were eventually surpassed, but for a very long time, he was the best in the world.
But look at the photo: he was lifting in combat boots, worn suit..plan bar all chalked up and a ton of 45 lb. plates (total was 900 I think) No shine, no fluff..none of those fake crossfit plates (that look big but are very light)
Because I joined many gyms, I got to know the guys in many of them. It was so basic: show up, lift…get checked out (yes, guys used to notice what others lifted…it mattered), get in conversations, make friends…over time get accepted as “one of the group”. No phones, no “awesome from day one.” People noticed who was regular and who put forth the day-in, day-out effort.
I miss those days.
Do I miss being able to handle 425 on the dead lift and 310 on the bench? (no, that isn’t much for a young guy of my size…only double bodyweight or so for the dead, and 75 above body weight on the bench..yes I was 200 or so when I got the dead, and 226 when I first got 300)
It is hard to tell, isn’t it?
But..the days are NOT coming back and it makes sense for me to lift early, before others get there.