What happens when a tall, long-limbed, young, cocky 20 year old challenges a shorter-levered, confident 32 year old to a weightlifting competition? I don’t know yet, but we’ll find out in about 8 weeks as these two claim they will train and then square off for a maximum three lift total contest.
You can be sure I will harass and cajole them to make sure they train for it. (Jack, better lay off the donuts).
The 20 year old has as his experience, proficiency in the the olympic lifts and is a pretty good rugby player, while the 32 year old recently has competed as a bodybuilder and prior to that, as a successful powerlifter. Based on that, who do you think would win?
I am going to give the older guy early points for getting the “kid” to agree to designate the three lifts, the standard powerlifts of squat, bench press and deadlift. (We older guys all know you can provoke a 20 year old into just about anything)! That should balance out the hormonal advantage of youth.
This 20 year old kid, Jack, is strong as a horse and even with the disadvantage of the long levers, I wouldn’t count him out. Greg, the shorter. older guy has experience as a bodybuilder and a successful powerlifting competitor prior that.
Greg has shown veteran caginess in getting his best lifts used for the competition but still has some concerns. He wants to wear a belt and he should if he feels safer with it, but he also wants to use straps for the deadlift because he is fearful of blowing out a bicep if he uses the alternating grip. Greg: no straps! If you can’t grip it, you can’t lift it!
Instead, kegmeister, Dave Lemaczyk offers the following as his deadlift cue card for them. for me and for you: