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Interview with Bill Schmidt
NSP: Bill= , tell us about yourself and family.
Bill: I w=
in July 1960 (currently 45) near Penn
NSP: How = and when did you get started in the sport of powerlifting?
Bill: I f=
began lifting in 9th grade (1974) to get stronger for football. =
first meet was a non-equipped meet set up by the football coaches of two hi=
schools in 1978. I benched 315 and deadlifted 500 at 181’s and was
hooked! Through college, my best friend began writing training programs for=
and he has done so ever since. He has become an expert in the field of stre=
training, and currently trains collegiate, professional, and Olympic athlet=
at his facility in
NSP: What= are your best lifts?
Bill: My = best lifts were in 181’s were in 1987 when I did a 650 squat, 392 bench, 6= 72 deadlift, and 1703 total in the ADFPA. After several years off, I started b= ack as a Master, and my best as a Master at 198 are 623 squat, 407 bench, 650 deadlift, and 1670 total. At 220 as a Master I’ve done 661 squat, 425 bench, 666 deadlift and 1752 total. All these lifts were done in the USAPL = with 2-hour weigh-ins and lifetime drug-free.
NSP: What powerlifting federations have you lifted in?
Bill: Mos= tly ADFPA/USAPL, but also AAU and USPF going way back. I’ve also done a f= ew NASA meets.
NSP: Wher= e have you lifted?
Bill: Rea= ding, England; Teaneck, NJ; Huntington, WV; Charlottesville, VA; Henderson, KY; Monck’s Corner and Spartanburg, SC; Chicago, IL; San Jose and Palm Springs, CA; Denver, CO; St. Louis, MO; Phoenix, AZ; and lots of places in Pennsylvania and North Carolina too numerous to list.
NSP: What= were the most extreme competition conditions you have experienced?
Bill: The= most extreme were in the late 70’s before the current “round system” and flights were used. If you missed a lift, you followed yourself with a 3-minute break…so no lifting occurred for 3 minutes. = Then if you missed that lift, you had another 3-minute break. If you missed your opening and 2nd attempt squat, you would do all 3 attempts in a 6 minute time period. On the other hand, if you made all three squats, it cou= ld easily be 1 hour between attempts because there was no flight system and th= ere was no telling how many lifters would follow themselves due to missed lifts. Plus, the USPF was the only game in town, so EVERY powerlifter in the area showed up at the meets. As I recall, a typical local meet would have 150-200 lifters. We would weigh in and go out to eat at a local restaurant, and come back in an hour and start to warm up for squats. After squats in might be 2 hours before you would bench, and so on. Some meets would take 12 hours to = get all nine attempts in!
NSP: What= are your thoughts on drug testing in the sport of powerlifting?
Bill: It = is badly needed, and the more, the better. I realize that no drug testing system can= be 100%, but the effort has to be made. I am also an advocate of OCT (Out of C= ontest Testing). I do hold the belief that it is wrong to take drugs that are ille= gal without a prescription for legitimate medical reasons, and that means I bel= ieve it is wrong to take illegal strength drugs whether the organization is doing drug testing or not. What is beyond me, is how a juiced lifter shows up at a drug-tested meet and actually takes home a trophy! As long= as that is going on, we need the most effective means of testing that is financially feasible.
NSP: What= , if any, supplements do you take?
Bill: I h= ave a very short list that has not changed since I was a kid: One multi-vitamin o= nce a day. Occasionally I take glucosamine during the 2 weeks prior to a meet f= or the joints. Everything else is either too expensive, too complicated, or to= o “unknown”. As a result, I am relatively uneducated in this area. I mainly try to focus= on a good diet, which means lots of low-fat protein and the right kind of carb= s. That is my biggest struggle…I have no temptation to use the strength drugs, but sometimes I just can’t stay away from the pizza and burger= s. I do not have a problem with the use of protein supplements or creatine, alth= ough I do not use them at all. So, over 31 years of lifting and 27 years of competitions the only real variables for me are age and equipment.
NSP: What= is your workout regimen?
Bill: Mon= day bench, Tuesday legs/back, Wednesday mobilities and stretch, Thursday shoulders/triceps, Friday Squat/DL (the fun part for last).
NSP: Duri= ng your workouts, what equipment do you use?
Bill: I d= o almost everything with free weights and a power rack and bench. Occasionally, I wi= ll do some pull-downs or leg presses, and I do wish I had access to a glute-ham machine. I consider most other machines to be clutter.
NSP: What= are your powerlifting goals?
Bill: Sho= rt term, I want to get the NC Open 198 record in the USAPL, which is currently held = by Travis Mash at 1735. I also want to make it to the IPF Master Worlds one of these years. I would also like to get more involved in the future by judgin= g at local meets or maybe drug testing, but right now it’s all I can do to= get my workouts in.
NSP: Do y= ou lift raw or equipped or both?
Bill: Alm= ost always equipped with single-ply, but every now and then I hit a meet with j= ust wraps and belt.
NSP: What= kind of supportive gear do you wear?
Bill: IPF approved Titan suit, bench shirt and wraps. I don’t go for the high dollar shoes, I wear $11 Chuck Taylor knock-offs from Wal-Mart for all three lifts…they’re not even real Chuck Taylors! Eleven bucks every t= wo years on shoes…my wife should read this…
NSP: What= are your opinions on raw verses equipped?
Bill: I l= ike the protective gear, which in my mind, is knee wraps and belt. If they got rid = of the suits and shirts, I’d be happy. I am not so fond of the performan= ce gear, such as the suits and bench shirts. At least when it comes to support= ive gear, after the lifting is done, you take off the shirt and suit and you’re still the same person you were before you put it on (with a few additional bruises). If you choose to use the strength drugs to boost your lifts, you can’t ever go back to being the same as you were before.= p>
NSP: What= records do you hold?
Bill: I h= ave some USAPL state records. In the 181 Open division, 650 squat, 672 deadlift, and 1703 total. I did those lifts in 1987, but I’ve had those records at lighter weights since 1982. In the 198 Masters 40-44 division, 623 squat, 6= 45 deadlift, and 1670 total. In the 220 Master 40-44 division, 661 squat, 666 deadlift, and 1752 total. I just did those Masters records this year (2005)= .
NSP: To d= ate, what do you consider as your best powerlifting accomplishment?
winning the 1986 and 1987 ADFPA (USAPL) Men’s Nationals with 1686 and
1703 totals at 181. Then placing first for the USA Team at the first WDFPF
World Championships in
NSP: What= are your views concerning the future of powerlifting?
Bill: I t=
divisions in the sport with all the federations will continue. It is a sign=
the freedom that exists in the
NSP: Bill= , if you could say anything to the young lifter, what would you tell them?
Bill: Wit= h my 4-year-old son already talking about lifting in a meet, I’ve given th= is some thought. Powerlifting is a great chance to learn the importance of good discipline, hard work, and smart decisions and how they affect performance.= I would tell them in order of importance: stay off the drugs, enjoy yourself = both in the gym and at meets, lift with people who are stronger and more experienced, and improve on your last performance.
NSP: Any = final comments?
Bill: I d= o want to give thanks for my countless blessings to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ….a loving wife, a son, my job and the greatest blessing of all= , my Salvation. Try to spend time each day comprehending the fact that He died so that you might spend eternity in Heaven. All you have to do is sincerely ask Him to save you, and He will.