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Old 07-09-2013, 07:43 PM   #1
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I trained in a gym on base that I've never been in before, and I learned that Ft. Hood actually has a powerlifting team that trains there. The coach started talking to me (to let me know that the chalk bucket I had just used belonged to the team. He didn't seem to mind that I used it though) and I asked about joining. He immediately made a horrible impression by telling me that my deadlift form was "f#cked up", then followed me to my bar and started telling me what I was doing and what I would change.

Let's just say that I don't like people telling me what to do, or to start by telling me that I'm f#cked up. I'm in the Army. I get that plenty.

BUT, I'm still interested in joining the team. There is one caveat though; they compete in the USAPL, which means all tested, all natty. In fact, when I told him that Stan Efferding used a similar technique to the one I use when he totaled 2300+ raw, he said that no man has ever totaled over 2300 raw, and implied that it was because he didn't count it if people weren't tested.

I call bullshit. The strongest men in the world use steroids, and I HATE roid bashers. It's all jealousy if you ask me.

But that being said, if I find that I like the team and believe in what they are doing, I'll go natty at least for a while. It may be worth it for the opportunity to work with other people and learn from people face to face.

I'm not sure if I'll actually join the team or not, but I was told to come out Monday if I want to join. I'm going to go and check things out and make my decision from there.

What do you guys think? I've always trained alone. I don't trust other people and I'm a bit of a know-it-all, so it may be positive for me to learn to listen to someone else, as painful as it may be.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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If a group of other badass "soldiers" are listening to his direction I'd suspect he knows his biz.

He sounds arrogant or dumb as shit though if he's bashing Stan. Tough call.
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If they lift heavier than you, why not?

Oh and btw, heard your deadlift form is f#cked up!
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If they lift heavier than you, why not?

Oh and btw, heard your deadlift form is f#cked up!
The coach lifts heavier than me. He set a record with a 775 squat. I did some reading up on him and he's legit. But I'm not a fan of someone who thinks that one form is right for everyone. That's my main problem with westside.
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If he's a good coach and your form isn't really f* up, he should just give you a few cues at first.. is what I'm thinkin'
But if you don't like the guy, I wouldn't join, unless you can channel that hatred towards the bar lol

Any way you can train with them without a commitment, in case you don't like it?
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The coach lifts heavier than me. He set a record with a 775 squat. I did some reading up on him and he's legit. But I'm not a fan of someone who thinks that one form is right for everyone. That's my main problem with westside.
In that case what's the problem. Just because he looks down on your form doesn't mean hes unaware of catering to peoples' specifics. You sound mighty lucky, Soldier. How muchs the coaching?
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I myself would jump on an opportunity like that...of course, I need all the help I can get!
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If he's a good coach and your form isn't really f* up, he should just give you a few cues at first.. is what I'm thinkin'
But if you don't like the guy, I wouldn't join, unless you can channel that hatred towards the bar lol

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In that case what's the problem. Just because he looks down on your form doesn't mean hes unaware of catering to peoples' specifics. You sound mighty lucky, Soldier. How muchs the coaching?
I don't think there's any money involved. The Army has tons of intramural teams. I have a buddy on the all-army basketball team and he basically spends 1-2 months a year playing basketball as his primary job. Powerlifting is, of course, not as big as basketball and therefore not as big of a time commitment (also not as well funded), but it shouldn't cost me any money to take part, and I'll be able to travel to different competitions with the team.
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I don't think there's any money involved. The Army has tons of intramural teams. I have a buddy on the all-army basketball team and he basically spends 1-2 months a year playing basketball as his primary job. Powerlifting is, of course, not as big as basketball and therefore not as big of a time commitment (also not as well funded), but it shouldn't cost me any money to take part, and I'll be able to travel to different competitions with the team.
I'd take on gunfire for that opportunity.

Please know I don't mean that. I respect your service tremendously, my dad fought in WW2. I was too much of a pussy to join.
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I don't think there's any money involved. The Army has tons of intramural teams. I have a buddy on the all-army basketball team and he basically spends 1-2 months a year playing basketball as his primary job. Powerlifting is, of course, not as big as basketball and therefore not as big of a time commitment (also not as well funded), but it shouldn't cost me any money to take part, and I'll be able to travel to different competitions with the team.
By commitment, I meant, if you find you can't take the coach, are you in shit if you just stop showing up/walk away.

As others said, it's an opportunity, as with everything in the military, he may come off like a douche at first, but after you get to know him, he may be a better guy than you think.. heck, one of the Sgts I thought was an obnoxious prick at first is now one of the few guys I respect!
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