Launch of Ray's Training Q & A

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Launch of Ray's Training Q & A

Post by drob357 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:36 pm

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We are pleased to announce that Ray Nobile, World Champion Bodybuilder and Powerlifter has kindly accepted the post as Chief Moderator for this Forum. Ray is pleased to answer your questions and offer advice concerning your training and dietary concerns. Please join us in welcoming Ray aboard!
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Re: Launch of Ray's Training Q & A

Post by peter yates » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:50 pm

Thanks Diane, this makes Ray accessible to more people.
So Ray this is not a training question per se but one we could say related more to history. You were there at in the very early days of strongman and powerlifting performing at the highest level for many years. What changes did you see to both sports over the years you were involved, good and bad, and how do you view where the respective sports are today?
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Re: Launch of Ray's Training Q & A

Post by raynobile » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:07 am

thanks for your question peter, when i started to compete in powerlifting there was only one world championships. run by one federation. this as you know was the i.p.f. so when a lifter won or placed or created a record that lifter was deemed, rightly so as being the best in the world.now there are over 100 federations, each laying claim to having their own world champions. so in effect that creates over 100 lifters being world champions. when i first lifted in the worlds in 1978 it was raw. all be it some lifters wore a supersuit for the squat. however the suits were nothing like the suits they have now. they were made of a very thin elastic material and a lot of lifters blew them out during their squats, in other words the suits split always at the backside.this caused the lifter to lose control of the bar thus getting the lift failed. i was one of the lifters in the 1978 championships not wearing a suit. yet i squated a british and european record of 342.5 kilos. later on i started wearing the suit. i never liked them and felt it gave me no advantage. i squated just as much without them in training. but as i was a member of the great britain team i was told by the team manager i had to wear one. now these suits have evolved out of recognition. giving masive advantage over raw lifting.especially when it comes to the bench pressing shirts.200kilos and more over the same lifter lifting raw.so to answer your question i think powerlifting has took a turn for the worse as regards to competitions. as for strongman that too has changed massively since its begining in the late 1970s. the competitors are physicaly bigger than then. to win or have a chance of winning an athlete has to be well over 6 feet and weigh over 170 kilos at wsm. i do think strongman has changed for the better the guys have amazing strength and power. i am a big fan of the current strongman scene. however, unfortunetly both sports have been affected in a negative way by politics within the respective federations. yours in sport, ray.

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Re: Launch of Ray's Training Q & A

Post by Mobster » Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:15 pm

Nice to have you here Ray.

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Re: Launch of Ray's Training Q & A

Post by peter yates » Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:47 pm

Thanks for the reply Ray,It is always good to hear from someone who was there in the trenches as opposed to armchair experts. I can remember before powerlifting was organized and the strength set was contested, perfect form and depth on all lifts and contestants wearing shorts and T shirts or weightlifting singlets.That carried over to the early days of powerlifting which i found very exciting at the time when you were competing.Now i have very little interest because of the many factions all with different rules and judging standards. It seems Strongman in your day was contested by athletes from a wide variety of disciplines with a wide range of feats included. Now it is a fully organized sport with full time competitors and events that can be trained for.I agree with you that it has evolved into a great spectator sport as the Growing attendance would indicate,whereas most powerlifting events have friends and family members only as spectators.
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Re: Launch of Ray's Training Q & A

Post by raynobile » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:21 am

Mobster wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:15 pm
Nice to have you here Ray.
thank you, its good to be here.

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