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    Has anyone ever heard of Ken Snell? Apparently he is a world champion powerlifter in the 114 lbs class? I don't know much about weight classes in powerlifting.

    I met with him yesterday and asked him to look at my technique on the bench and help me adjust to it because it feels awkward to me the way I am doing it. The guy is short and you wouldn't think he was a powerlifting but he does have a very strong grip.

    WWW.KENSNELLPOWER.COM is his website. He coaches lifters at a gym called www.allamericangym.com

    The good news is I only had to adjust a couple of things in the bench. He told me I was very stable and had very good form and so hearing that I feel locked in to what that felt like.

    Then it took me to the deadlift. I took my shoes off. He stressed the importance of being either barefoot or using flat shoes. He said he uses wrestling shoes. He stressed some pointers on my hand placement and breathing. Air in and blow it out as I go up. He also said to use the same grip as you go up in weight and not to keep reversing the grip.

    Lastly was the squat. Said I had very good form and depth. My feet were slightly wider than shoulder length and I was deep enough. The swing factor in all of this is that I didn't lift heavy weight. We went only up to 135lbs on all of them so as I get heavier I will have to be in the zone even more in order to keep that form. That is a given anyway.

    Ken has a number of articles, from the past, showing him lifting and win awards. He said he can lift 4x his body weight in the deadlift. I am 6'1" and I think he is 5'4"? I just know he is small.

    He did tell me that he would love to work with me because I seem to have the technique down very well and he sees the passion in me to go forward. I was shocked with those words!! I may give him a call and ask him for more information on it.

  • #2
    I have never heard of him but that definitely doesn't mean much lol. Sounds great. Some confidence for you now and anytime you can get hands on help from a trained eye it's a huge bonus.
    Journal http://www.intensemuscle.com/showthread.php?t=51093

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    • #3
      Sounds like you got some great tips. That kind of advice, and coaching can be invaluable.

      One of my peeves is people throwing out the lift x bw thing when they are the size of a small child..lol I dunno, just irks me I guess.

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      • #4
        I did my first session with Ken today. Deadlifts and I surprised myself. I only did up to 225lbs for 5 reps but I felt very strong in them. He had me do decline machine row, regular machine rows, pull downs and another time of row. Then I did an ab exercises which you start from one side and twist to the other side. After this it was crunches, hyper extensions and then the one which you lift your legs up to work the abs.

        It stared me out slow since I have not worked out since June. Wife had a double lumbar fusion July 1 and 3rd and I haven't worked out since the week before that.

        The only issue I will have is the financial issue and I have to see how I can work it out with him.
        Ken told me about a meet happening at that gym Oct 26 and said it is a possibility that I could enter it if I were interested. With that I have to see if I am working since I work every other weekend.

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        • #5
          One of the things I've always respected about Ken is that he is all natural from day one. So, even if he is smaller than an average pl'er, to me, to go 4x bodyweight, is a pretty great accomplishment.
          R.I.P. 3655K

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          • #6
            Originally posted by KIBO View Post
            One of the things I've always respected about Ken is that he is all natural from day one. So, even if he is smaller than an average pl'er, to me, to go 4x bodyweight, is a pretty great accomplishment.
            You signed up just to post that? lol

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            • #7
              The only issue I am going to run into is the fees. $45 for the gym or $5 a session and then Ken charges $75 a week. He said he will work with me BUT I mainly came to get the technique down since I do my stuff at home. I am caught between learning about powerlifting with a champion vs. paying, essentially alot of money for the time. It is The reason I don't normally go to a gym.

              What are your thoughts?

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              • #8
                $75 a week doesn't sound much at all if you're getting help one on one.
                PM me to discuss website/video/dvd etc. related work.

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                • #9
                  Get sessions for a month, go practice then go back to him. No reason you can't send him videos with this being the yewtubez age

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                  • #10
                    Nope.
                    I am a new power lifter, found this sight, and stumbled cross a thread I could contribute.
                    Wasn't trying to start anything by remarking upon your post/opinion....
                    R.I.P. 3655K

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RobbHensel View Post
                      Get sessions for a month, go practice then go back to him. No reason you can't send him videos with this being the yewtubez age

                      I think the same thing. He mentioned cutting the session down to 2 a week if it would help and I could do the deadlifting at home. Another part of it is I tend to be frugal with my money and this is a good hobby for me and I don't want it to drain me.

                      Monday is squats, Wednesday is bench and Friday is deadlift with him. Funny with Ken- the dude is so small that it will baffle anyone that he is a powerlifter at all. He did teach me something this last Friday. On the breathing- some exercises I was doing the breathing wrong and I have to practice this when I do assistance lifts. i.e. rowing exercises, the pulling part needs to be blowing air out of the body. In deadlifting, need to be blowing air on the way up. I was doing it the opposite. Takes practice to do that.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by KIBO View Post
                        Nope.
                        I am a new power lifter, found this sight, and stumbled cross a thread I could contribute.
                        Wasn't trying to start anything by remarking upon your post/opinion....
                        More likely story is you were googling your own name and this came up.
                        Originally posted by DEADn View Post
                        I was doing it the opposite.
                        You were taking your breath on the way up, on a deadlift? That is extremely weird.

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                        • #13
                          LMAO,
                          I am not Ken Snell.
                          But, I HAVE googled my name before, and unfortunately, I have the same first and last name as a female porn star that is quite popular.
                          Somewhat tragic since I am a guy.
                          R.I.P. 3655K

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Imprezivr6 View Post


                            You were taking your breath on the way up, on a deadlift? That is extremely weird.
                            Previously I would take a deep breath into my stomach, pull it in and go up and exhale at the top. Ken says to exhale as I go up. I have to practice that. It seems to me that in some exercises my breathing is wrong. So, this is a great time to practice correcting that!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by KIBO View Post
                              LMAO,
                              I am not Ken Snell.
                              But, I HAVE googled my name before, and unfortunately, I have the same first and last name as a female porn star that is quite popular.
                              Somewhat tragic since I am a guy.
                              You are in Central Florida. Do you mind revealing the town?

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