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    Default The Back of a Natural Powerlifter

    This is a recent picture of the back of Max Misch.

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    He doesn't train for bodybuilding. I wanted to post this as an example of what lower rep strength training can do for a physique - namely deadlifts and heavy rows.

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    Great example to prove that training in the low rep range can and will build muscle and not just improve strength. Theres many friends I got that believe building muscle is in the 8-12 rep range and can be done only in that range. He's got killer traps as well.
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    His traps and spinae erectors are crazy big for his size.
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    Yeah, thats what deadlifts do to ya, if you dont wanna get big stay away from them.
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    Here's DW from the front:

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    Dude is a beast. Top 15 deadlifter in his class Steve?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LtL View Post
    Dude is a beast. Top 15 deadlifter in his class Steve?

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    I know he's at least top 20 in the US in his class. He probably would be higher if he lifted in a suit. Too many various equipment classes to honestly know how they all compare raw, but if they did, I think he would be top 10 in the US.
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    And all of this after having form so bad that Jim Wendler denounced it as the worst on the internet in a T-Nation article a few years ago. Max is a legend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LtL View Post
    And all of this after having form so bad that Jim Wendler denounced it as the worst on the internet in a T-Nation article a few years ago. Max is a legend!

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    Exactly. He is a true inspiration.

    And regarding his physique...he is far from a genetic freak, and I don't mean that in a negative way. I simply mean Max works HARD and smart. He has an impressive physique, which illustrates that many of the common bodybuilding traditions aren't essential for muscle building.

    I'm not telling anyone to train differently, or that bodybuilding-style training doesn't work. Far from it. Bodybuilding training does work. My greater point is that there are a broad spectrum of options available to bodybuilders.
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    More of Max revealing the impact of pure powerlifting on muscle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    And regarding his physique...he is far from a genetic freak, and I don't mean that in a negative way. I simply mean Max works HARD and smart. He has an impressive physique, which illustrates that many of the common bodybuilding traditions aren't essential for muscle building.

    I'm not telling anyone to train differently, or that bodybuilding-style training doesn't work. Far from it. Bodybuilding training does work. My greater point is that there are a broad spectrum of options available to bodybuilders.
    I agree Steve - you hit the nail on the head with the whole training smart ideal. Even Stallone talks about it for a moment in this month's Muscle and Fitness on the training he did for the expendables movie.
    As we have broader acceptance by medical, nutrition, kineseology groups and others - there is more science behind this than ever before.

    Even the "broscience" is becoming more expanded as far as guys comparing regimens, timing, sets, reps, rest times, etc. - they are learning through their own trial and error and sharing more info instead of keeping it all to themselves.

    Nice pics and post - thanks for sharing.
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    Max is a legend. One of my role models as far as being a small guy lifting stupidly large weights.

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    he has the sort of physique i aspire to. He looks powerful and solid not just full of functionless liquid... top post Steve.

    I think he has reaped the rewards of a long slow build in proper muscle mass and he has done it by lifting big heavy weights. Personally I like doing some heavy stuff and some suff in the slightly higher rep ranges, but this shows that as long as you listen to your body and do a bit of trail and error then you will find what works for you and build a good body, as long as you stick to it

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    Holy crap I want his traps :-) Although my wife actually mentioned the other day that I now actually *have* visible traps. Considering my current physique that's saying something

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    More of Max revealing the impact of pure powerlifting on muscle.

    Ab wheel rollout is powerlifting? =P

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    He looks a lot like me, I train in the low rep ranges aswell and my traps are crazy big off all the deadlifting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoHard703 View Post
    He looks a lot like me, I train in the low rep ranges aswell and my traps are crazy big off all the deadlifting.
    LMFAO YOU DA MAN. SCARY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyciol View Post
    Ab wheel rollout is powerlifting? =P
    It is when it makes your Squats & Deadlifts stronger.

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    Thanks for all the kind words, guys. I'm not the biggest, leanest, or strongest guy in the world, but I made tremendous progress (both strength and physique) since my days of making people cringe with ugly lifting form. If any natural guys are struggling to put on muscle or strength, my advice is simple: BE PATIENT. This endeavor that you chose, whether it's bodybuilding, powerlifting, strongman, etc. is something which takes years of smart and brutal training. Don't worry about the guy in the squat rack or bench next to you. Just track YOUR weekly, monthly, and yearly progress. Use a training journal, pictures, and video. Commit to not missing any workouts, use proper form, harness your inner rage in the gym, and you WILL surprise yourself eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselWeasel View Post
    Thanks for all the kind words, guys. I'm not the biggest, leanest, or strongest guy in the world, but I made tremendous progress (both strength and physique) since my days of making people cringe with ugly lifting form. If any natural guys are struggling to put on muscle or strength, my advice is simple: BE PATIENT. This endeavor that you chose, whether it's bodybuilding, powerlifting, strongman, etc. is something which takes years of smart and brutal training. Don't worry about the guy in the squat rack or bench next to you. Just track YOUR weekly, monthly, and yearly progress. Use a training journal, pictures, and video. Commit to not missing any workouts, use proper form, harness your inner rage in the gym, and you WILL surprise yourself eventually.

    Here are a few more recent pics:






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    Great f*cking build buddy. Your posterior chain is sick. Well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyciol View Post
    ab wheel rollout is powerlifting? =p
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    In terms of nutrition, eat lots of dead animals. Then eat more dead animals. People make this more complicated than it should be.
    I like this guy even more now
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    how much weight does he normally have to drop b4 a meet steve?

    he look way bigger than 75 kg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darshan View Post
    how much weight does he normally have to drop b4 a meet steve?

    he look way bigger than 75 kg.
    None that I know of.
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