An interesting question...

Discussion in 'General Powerlifting Discussion' started by BrotherIron, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. BrotherIron

    BrotherIron TID Board Of Directors

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    If you're on FB you may have read Donnie's idea of dropping the squat bar from meets and using instead the buffalo bar. His reasoning was the straight squat bar causes shoulder issues down the road and mechanically the buffalo bar puts the lifter in a better position to squat the weight.

    He made an interesting point in that the DL bar has been changed to aid the lifter in performing the lift. This was done by making the bar thinner, and whippier which translated to bigger numbers put up by competitors.

    What do you think?
     
  2. matthewk04

    matthewk04 VIP Member

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    People would adapt. The most important thing is everyone using the same bar.
     
  3. BrotherIron

    BrotherIron TID Board Of Directors

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    I'm interested to see how everyone reacts. It seemed most PLers were vehemently against the idea. If the bar really puts the lifter in a better position and is safer for the lifter, I say go for it. Our sport has to always work on advancing and becoming safer/better so the lifts can continue to increase and new records made.
     
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  4. hawkeye

    hawkeye TID Board Of Directors

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    Agreed, BI. Biggest thing is uniformity. All these damn federations fight with one another for legitimacy, and they tweak the rules for the benefit of being just a bit different than one another. It's so messed up that the three main power movements cannot be uniformly judged so that each lifter gets a fair shake. As a result, records are broken with questionable lifts.

    Furthermore, powerlifting is notorious for injury or the potential for long term injuries. If there is a way to prevent these type of injuries, I'm all for it.
     
  5. BrotherIron

    BrotherIron TID Board Of Directors

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    That's a gripe of mine... "ALL" the federations. There should only be 2, one tested and one untested.
     
  6. hawkeye

    hawkeye TID Board Of Directors

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    You got it! Powerlifting is a fairly small part of the fitness industry. It's amazing how many feds there are for the small percentage that powerlift. It seems every time someone gets mad at rules or judging, they start a new fed to suit them. Unification would help so much. If anything, it also is a money maker. Everyone pays dues for their preferred fed. Then they pay entry fees. What is missing, is often the head to head competition of the best lifters in their perspective classes. Get them all together under like conditions and see who comes out on top. Otherwise there is always conflict or someone taking exception to this all-time world record being broke or someone issue with judging. Although, its all of our fault. We allow this to happen. If I am competing, I want to know that my lifts pass and I want to be lifting against the best in the same environment. Politics don't belong in powerlifting.
     
  7. PillarofBalance

    PillarofBalance Strength Pimp Staff Member

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    I can already hear the autistic screeches from the USAPL people...
     
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  8. FLEXjs

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    Never used a buffalo bar, but why not?

    I know my fed uses thinner whippier bars for deads, but some feds stipulate you must do all three lifts with the same bar.
     
  9. BrotherIron

    BrotherIron TID Board Of Directors

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    That's the USAPL that uses just 1 bar. All other feds, if I'm not mistaken use a squat, bench, and deadlift bar. At least the ones I've been associated with do.
     

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