The problem is of course that many many trainees will want to emulate that and just because he can compensate and handle such huge loads does not mean they can or should even try.
I think he knew this when he gave his interview because the routine he posted is so simple. He Squats and benches almost every workout. No direct shoulder or tricep work. Yet, he has videos of him doing pull downs with 300 lbs (yes, I know).
I think he knew people would try to follow his template so he made it as simple as possible.
Also, in one of his prior interviews he mentioned taking 30 minute breaks within a workout itself which he hasn't repeated in this one. However, he has mentioned his Deadlift workouts taking up to 4 hours. A testament to how important rest is….should make the yuppie "less than 60 minute" workout guys shut up.
He has accomplished huge things and he is obviously a naturally strong person, especially in the back. But he hasn't been doing it THAT long. When he's 55 and he says the same thing that may be different.
Yeah as you said he's only 32 years old. Given that most of the big numbers set in Powerlifting are by people in their 40s, he still has quite a way to go…but, I've been reminded that wisdom comes with age so we'll see what happens :)
"I've been doing it for years and never head a problem" really is one of my biggest pet peeve statements. It proves nothing about anyone but yourself and doesn't even mean much for yourself because the compensations can turn to injuries at any moment. But he does seem to be talking about himself and not trying to defend the use of rounded backs in general.
It would be much more simple if everybody competed without gear. Many are tired of all these mega records set in gear. The real strength is not in extracting maximum out of gear. This is my opinion about it.
Joe, I know you agreed with this statement but I kinda don't agree with it. I think that raw lifting is good but geared lifting has its benefits in that less people get injured. Now, the magnitude of each injury may be more in geared lifts (more weight = more possible damage I guess) but the number of accidents are fewer.
I guess I'm on the fence with that one. I think these 1150 lbs squats are pushing it too far and so are the 1100 lbs bench presses. However, I've heard that DL suits don't give much out of them if you aren't pulling sumo so I guess in that sense Andy Bolton isn't reaping quite as much of a benefit as KK makes it sound.
Plus, next year Andy has put on a meet which 10-12 of the 15 top Deadlifters in the world have already RSVP'ed for. That meet is going to have the biggest deadlifters in the world all under one roof. I'm excited.