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March 5, 2024

Q & A's for Author Eric Talmant
By Eric Talmant for CriticalBench.com

Q & A's for Author Eric Talmant


Hi Eric, can I ask - sincerely, I promise - what you are referring to when you say "True strength: The weight of the sin of the world; one rep, raw"?

If it's more personal than you'd like to get on the Q&A list but don't mind saying 1-on-1, feel free to email me in response.

Thanks, Drew



That is me proclaiming my Christianity during the season of Lent in my training log.

Jesus exhibited "true strength" by taking on the weight of the sins of the world on His shoulders for our salvation. He did it once and he did it for all of us.

It has nothing to do with raw or geared lifting, as I just use the terms "one rep, raw" figuratively.

However, I cannot take credit for this saying. I borrowed it, with permission, from friend and fellow powerlifter Doug Parrish.




Eric, I have seen others give some advice for your bench so I figured I would give my 2 cents. Whenever my bench is stuck in a rut, I do maximal effort high boards (4-5 board). Obviously, this will not increase strength per se, but it absolutely overload the CNS, such that is forced to supercompensate. I do these on my lighter days, because my CNS is already taxed on heavy days. Try these for a few weeks (it gives diminishing returns) and let me know how you like them! Good luck!

Thanks, Kyle


Hello Kyle,

We have tried these, but thanks for the suggestion. For me, these actually lead to a wrist injury and a shoulder injury.

Be well!

Q & A's for Author Eric Talmant




Eric, Since Wade Hooper has now moved up to the 181's, what are your thoughts about the USAPL and the IPF Worlds at 165?


Hello John,

I have considered doing a single ply meet sometime this year (2009) and *perhaps* in the next year or two (2010-11) competing in the USAPL with the intention of qualifying for the IPF World meet.

I don't think it is unreasonable to say that I would be right there in the hunt for the win; but until I do a single ply meet anything else is just hot air.




Hey Eric, I was wondering if you had a video of your 20 minute 'General Warm up' or at least descriptions of each of the exercises?

Some of them are self explanatory, but not all. It would be good to see how you use this warm up before your powerlifting training sessions.

Thanks, Elliot


Hello Elliot,

Which exercises would you like me to explain?

Simply resubmit with a list and then I will describe each of them to you as best I can.

I may consider doing a video of them as well.




Eric, the best wraps I've worn are the APT Strangulators. Heaps of rebound.

I also like the ZRVs. Not quite as strong, but they are more comfortable and easy to wrap. I like them for training in.



Thanks for your input, Joel.

I still have a pair of the all black METAL wraps from 2 years ago that we are going to try out; and I just ordered a pair of the ZRV's and a pair of the Strangulators.

I hope to get a feel for each of them when I do my Skills Evaluation next Wednesday. enough how you really should ease into it and just build over time. Don't be in a hurry to get up to 20 minutes! Take your time and be smart.

Let me know if this answers your question and if not then perhaps I can break out the video camera.

About Eric Talmant

Eric Talmant is a top lightweight powerlifter and has a "passion for all things nutrition." A 1996 graduate of the University of Evansville, Eric is a certified Metabolic TypingŪ advisor and Functional Diagnostic nutritionist.


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