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There is no generation that appreciates the work, effort, sacrifice, and consideration given by the generation that preceded it. My generation, the so-called Baby Boomers although I just made it since the years seem to “officially” span 1946 – 1964 and I was conceived while World War II veterans were still being mustered out of the military service, weren’t appreciative of what truly was “The Greatest Generation” until we were well into our forties. “That generation” survived the Great Depression which makes any following economic calamity seem like grade school stuff, fought in World War II and in the Korean War, many men in both. As a historical footnote, allow me to add that Congress has not officially declared war since 1941. However, whether whatever occurred in

One of the beliefs I have albeit an old fashioned and out dated one, is that all lifters who compete should give something back to the sport of powerlifting. If you lift in a competition, large or small, you should at some point spot, load, judge, or do something at a contest to make it run more efficiently. Some men and women are obviously not capable of spotting safely due to their physical stature but anyone can load a bar either on the platform or in the warm-up room. For reasons I do not understand, this task, especially in the warm-up room, is often seen as “peon work” on the list of meet day tasks, yet it is vital. While most lifters have a coach, there are not enough bodies around to load, or load quickly in the warm-up area, leaving some lifters rushed or short on their warm-up attempts. Some meet directors are experienced enough to know that having a few “attendees” in the warm-up area available to assist loading if asked or if needed, makes for a much more efficient meet. I believe it is assumed that “there are plenty of guys with each lifter or team who could be doing this” but that just isn’t true. Especially in smaller contests that host primarily inexperienced lifters, many competitors might arrive by themselves or with a training partner serving as their coach or handler. A handful of lifters like this are the antagonist to the slick, fully staffed teams that show up with designated loaders and spotters of their own, lifters who will not be in competition on this specific day who are present to do no more than serve the needs of their teammates whose every warm-up attempt is carefully scripted and scrutinized.

Мэр города Валерий Ермаков

Мэр города Валерий Ермаков

В моей спортивной карьере было очень много разных событий, мне приходилось не только тренироваться и выступать на соревнованиях, но и проводить соревнования, как организатору.

В 2005 году, мой тренер Игорь Деревянко посоветовал мне провести соревнования по пауэрлифтингу среди юниоров Сибирского региона на призы чемпиона мира Константина Павлова и за счет спонсоров вручить юниорам, хорошие призы. И я взялся за это тяжелое дело. Первый турнир прошел хорошо и вот пришло время, второго турнира.

С Александром Карелиным судьба свела меня в 2006 году в городе Бердске Новосибирской области. Его родственник, тренер по тяжелой атлетике и бизнесмен Виктор Голубев пригласил моего тренера Игоря Деревянко и меня купаться в ледяной проруби на святой праздник Крещение Господне. Признаться, я ждал этого дня, очень хотелось познакомиться с сибирским гигантом. Понятно, что трижды становится Олимпийским чемпионом – это задача сверхсложная. Кроме Александра Карелина ожидалось прибытие других известных чемпионов, высокопоставленных чиновников по спорту из городов  Сибири:  Новосибирска, Бердска, Алтая, Омска, Томска.


Alexander Karelin at opening ceremony

Alexander Karelin at opening ceremony

In my sports career was a lot of different events, I had not only to train and perform at competitions, but also hold competitions as organizer.

In 2005, my coach Igor Derevyanko told me to hold on powerlifting competitions among juniors in the Siberian region of the world champion Konstantin Pavlov and prizes from sponsors give juniors, good prizes. And I took up this difficult matter. The first tournament went well and now it’s time, the second tournament.

With Alexander Karelin fate brought me in 2006 in the city of Berdsk Novosibirsk region. His relative, coach of the weightlifting and businessman Viktor Golubev invited my coach Igor Derevyanko and I swim in the ice-hole in the holy holiday of Epiphany. Frankly, I was waiting for this day, really wanted to get acquainted with the Siberian giant. It is understood that the three become Olympic champion – a task extremely complicated. Besides Alexander Karelin expected arrival of other well-known champions of senior officials of Sport of Siberian cities: Novosibirsk, Berdsk, Altai, Omsk, Tomsk.


Правильное питание

О диетах, правильном питании и сгонке веса у пауэрлифтеров написано уже не одна статья, а множество, поэтому я только хочу поделиться опытом моей диеты и рассказать, как я убирал лишние килограммы из своего собственного веса перед соревнованиями. Честно говоря, мне это давалось с большим трудом, потому, что я представитель легкой весовой категорий и легковесу согнать лишний вес перед соревнованиями намного труднее, чем тяжеловесу.

Иногда многие говорят, что питание в пауэрлифтинге не главный фактор в достижении результата в поднятии большего веса, я с этим не согласен и готов поспорить, так как питание в жизни человека играет очень важную роль, а питание профессионального спортсмена, а еще и пауэрлифтера, который за одну тренировку в спортивном зале тратит огромное количество калорий, это еще важнее, чем для обычного человека.

Konstantin Pavlov after weight loss

Konstantin Pavlov after weight loss

About diets, nutrition and weight loss powerlifters have already written more than one article, and a lot, so I just want to share the experience of my diet and to tell you how I removed the excess kilograms of its own weight before the competition. Honestly, it was very difficult for him, because I represent the lightweight weight categories and weight to lose weight before competition is much harder than heavyweight.

Sometimes many people say that food in powerlifting is not the main factor in achieving results in the lifting of greater weight, I disagree and I bet, as food in human life plays a very important role, and power of a professional athlete, but also of a powerlifter, who for one workout in the gym spends a huge amount of calories, it is even more important than for the average person.


Having noted the various “seasons” or training periods that comprise a yearly calendar for the sport of football as we did in Part One of this blog/article, I want to now relate that information to the sport of powerlifting.

Harking back to the 1940s and ‘50s, long before powerlifting became an official sport, both Olympic weightlifting and bodybuilding comprised the “lifting sports” for those who publicly admitted they did either. In an era when hard work, dedication to supporting one’s family, and rising above the socioeconomic level imposed by immigration and starting anew in one’s adopted country were qualities that were prized and expected from every male, a leisure time activity like “lifting weights” was seen as frivolous, wasteful, and selfish.

blainesumnerphotoThree weeks ago I traveled to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands to compete at the NAPF Regional Championships. My only goal of this meet was to earn my spot at the World Games in 2017. The top male lifter, scored by Wilks, receives an invite to the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland next summer. I knew just getting my openers would be good enough to earn best lifter, so I took some token openers and jumped to my regular openers and finished the meet with a 1,025 lb. Squat, 783 lb. Bench Press, and 717 lb. Deadlift for a 2,525 lb. Total. This is 278 lbs. below my total from the Arnold (2,803#) but I just needed to hit my openers on this day.

The next meet coming up for me is the 2016 IPF World Championships in Orlando, FL on November 19th. This will be the biggest meet of my life simply because winning the World Championship last year in Luxembourg barely eluded me.

My training cycle for this competition has started out well and I’ve squatted 1,025 lbs, bench pressed 805 lbs, and deadlifted 805 lbs already in the first two weeks of my training cycle before ramping up to heavier weight in the next few weeks. I currently have 10 more weeks until the championships arise which will come upon me extremely fast. My body is not entirely healthy and I’ve been racking up a few injuries over the past few years because I compete too often and never let myself rest. But I will not let injuries slow me down from winning the World Championship this year. There have been a lot of rumors and speculation on who may be competing in the SHW weight class and who may not be coming. But none of this matters to me or affects me. It goes in one ear and out the other. I am preparing for all of the best superheavyweights in the world to be there and in full health, so I will be bringing my A game.

I will not predict numbers or reveal my goals for this meet, simply that I will win and I will do whatever numbers I need to in order to win.

I look forward to November 19th and to step on the platform at the IPF World Championships and represent my country.

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By Dr. Ken

The title of this blog, or article as I continue my slow and agonizing journey into the jargon of the modern computer era, does not refer to “Deck the Halls,” the mid-1800s song about Christmas nor to the few months preceding the actual Christmas holiday. Once again dating myself and clearly attaching the label of “older guy” to my lifting singlet, I would like to inform the younger generations of lifters that there used to be an actual “Powerlifting Season.”

Both major and minor sports, athletic activities at all levels from Pop Warner and Little Leagues through collegiate programs, and the relatively obscure amateur activities like the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (Roller Derby) has “a season.” A competitive season in any sport allows one to build their strength and skill to the point that they can compete for and hopefully win a specific championship. An off-season then allows for rest, recovery, the healing of injuries, and the opportunity to plan a program of preparation that will allow for the obviation of weak or negative aspects of one’s performance. With the advantage of a playing and coaching background in football and having sons who played college football and now coach at the highest levels of college and professional football with the added perspective of my family’s participation spanning a number of decades, allow me to explain how “the seasons” actually were and remain structured and then apply the concept to powerlifting.

The traveling to America part two 2010

As I wrote in the first part. I have been in America in 2005 and this trip was very eventful. Exactly five years later, I again went to America for the world championship, but now on the bench press, which took place in the state of Texas the city of Killen.

The long wait at the airport

The long wait at the airport

First thing in Moscow, I was expecting the doping control and the procedure for obtaining a U.S. visa at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. All this I was successful and ready to go in the United States.

The first adventure was waiting for me and my friends on the national team of Russia on powerlifting at the airport, after check in for the flight to Washington, we the entire crew and all passengers were taken off the plane and cancelled the flight due to a malfunction of the aircraft. Many of the passengers began to take the tickets and fly through other countries, through Japan, knowing that we’ll have to fly through half of the globe, but for business time can’t wait.

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