Resistance Bands: How You Can Add Variety To Your Powerlifting Workouts

Resistance bands may not be the first workout accessory you think of when it comes to powerlifting. But resistance bands are an essential tool for many powerlifters, especially those who want to test their strength or make workouts more interesting. Resistance bands provide an ascending resistant throughout your range of motion. This helps to provide […]

Jimmy Kolb Road to 900

Written byWade ButcherButch’s Barbell / Team Darksyde IronwearAPF Ohio State Co/chair 1st 600 Bench – June ’09, NASA National, single ply teen 220 700 Bench – Oct ’09, Big Dog Classic, multi-ply teen 220 740 Bench- Feb ’10, APF Ohio Cup, multi-ply teen 220 800 Bench – Oct ’10, Big Dog Classic, multi-ply teen 220 […]

What this sport means to me!

Article by Wade Butcher Some of you know me and some of you may not anyway my name is Wade Butcher. I am the Owner of Butch’s Barbell team located in Columbus Ohio. I am also a proud member of Jon Elick’s Team Darksyde Ironwear located in Circleville Ohio at Ironworx gym. I have been […]

The KATANA Curve by Wade Butcher

My first experience with the super KATANA was wearing a bone stock size 52. In the past having been a denim lifter this was actually quite the change. Some things I noticed immediately and some things it took a while to learn. Immediately upon receipt of the new shirt I was skeptical that it would […]

Road to a Grand, by Adrian Larsen

I started lifting at a young age. But what really got the fire going was in 7th grade. I had to have a surgery on my right leg. I was born with problems with my ankles and hips. At first doctors said I would never walk. Of course once I started to walk then I […]

Jimmy (King) Kolb Breaks 900lb Barrier

Saturday March 25th Jimmy Kolb pressed 903lbs and as of now is the strongest lb for lb drug free single ply bench presser on the planet.  Jimmy’s road to this lift was long and hard with many obstacle’s to over come. But as with most things this man does he walked in fearless, oblivious to […]

If you are the strongest guy in the gym, LEAVE

Jeff Miller           We all have seen that guy.  We know who he is.  The atmosphere in the building changes when he walks into the gym.  Some people talk smack under their breath about him.  Others make eye contact and shoot him an approving head nod.  According to some national gym franchises, women and children […]

Differences Observed Between A Geared Lifter and A Raw Lifter

1. At a geared meet you never hear “Wow, that guy buried that squat. That’s impressive!”  You might hear “Man, that guy squatted way too low.  What an idiot.”  2.  You never hear in the warm up room of a geared meet, “Throw the 2 & 1/2s on the bar!” But, I have at a raw meet. 3.  […]

One Voice

          Powerlifters, have you ever been ready to take a big attempt at a meet…focused and prepared for the task at hand, when out of the blue someone starts shouting some random cue that you have never heard before? Let alone had time to process and implement?  I can assure you this has happened to […]

A Samurai and his Sword

by Jeff Miller                   They say the soul of a samurai lies within his beautiful, deadly and honored sword.  John F. Murphy writes on HistoryNet.com “So vital to the samurai spirit was the genesis of such a magnificent weapon that Shinto priests would be called in to bless the beginning of the process and […]

The Evil Twin Bench Shirt Review

          Back in the summer of 2016 one of my training partners, Tom Schmidt showed up at the gym with this new bench shirt sent to him by Anderson Powerlifting.  Tom usually competed with a Titan single ply Katana.  Lately he had been messing around in a couple of Titan multiply shirts with some good […]