I'm from Scranton....still live there, God help me lol. Nice to see another local guy (or former local guy) on here.
Originally Posted by Doc_Luk
I used to train in the same YMCA kuc and big Jim trained in years ago. It's in Dunmore, a little town next to Scranton (I'm actually born and raised from Dunmore). The YMCA sucks now and I train elsewhere.
And yes Chimsey, pronounced chime-see (big Jim's nickname, this is what everyone in Scranton knew him as) was a pimp. I remember seeing him up until he died in 2007 riding his jazzy wheelchair at the courthouse square in Scranton. He was a nice guy. Legs were shot in old age though, hence the jazzy.
I'm gonna have to go check out the kuc routines on that message board. Sounds like an interesting read.
Thanks for the info. I just wanted to clarify something about the routine I posted. The actual PLUSA article just listed the weights used during the cycle. JV showed the percentages based on what he pulled at that meet. So it isn't like it originally was a percentage based routine. He did it so we could see roughly what kind of percentages he was pulling.
Thanks for sharing that Doc_Luc. I have always been a fan of John Kuc, he is one of the all time greats of Powerlifting.
My Powerlifting Bar is a John Kuc PA Power Bar that I bought from him many years ago. It is still going strong.
@Rip and Meshuggah - You're very welcome.
@Corrie - I'm going to update that Wikipedia. Give it a few days.
@Djl, - Oh man, a Dunmore boy? I'm very familiar with the Dunmore YMCA, used to do judo and lift there on occasion. I even got kicked out for doing clean and jerks. Fond memories. lol
For all the readers out there, Northeast PA's lifting community was very hardcore back in the day. There were a half dozen gyms with national level powerlifters and bodybuilders within a 45 minute drive of one another. Hell, even Frank Zane came out of there. There are no bike paths or commingled recycling in the Wyoming Valley, and even the women have huge brass balls. I still remember watching Paula Kovalchik, women's national record holder in the 104lb class, double a 355lb deadlift in training. She was over 40 years old at the time and never touched a syringe.
The Wilkes-Barre YMCA hosted numerous meets that drew many great lifters and even hosted a national championship or two. Their weight room in the basement near the boiler room and was little more than antique power racks, rust, and broken platforms. It was heaven. Back in the late 90's they went yuppie and sold all of the old powerlifting equipment, everything I loved, including an original York isometric power rack, a full set of globe dumbbells all the way to 100's and thousands of pounds of deep dish York plates. They replaced them CYBEX machines, rubberized shit dumbbells, and those goofy hexagonal plates with grip holes (that whizzing sound is Bob Hoffman rolling in his grave). For as hardcore a lifting community as that area had, in a few years in the late 90's it just died when Kuc and Gaynor got out of the game. Now there are only bits and pieces left (Steve Mann in Clarks Summit for one). I was lucky enough to catch the ass end of the dying whale it before it sank beneath the waves.
It is strange to be cynical and nostalgic at 32 years old? lol
If anyone ever wants to do some real research on Kuc (hint, hint, Marty Gallagher...) call up Rick at Rick's Gym in Exeter, PA. Kuc trained there for many, many years and Rick has some great info on him and his training.
(P.S. - Djl, if you're looking for a gym near Dunmore, you need to stop by King Joe's (www.kingjoesbarbellclub.com), one of the last great "old school" gyms in the area. King Joe is an awesome old SOB.)
Well, lo and behold.
Originally Posted by Calvo
Also, Doc_Luk, that was awesome. (I guess the logs linked above would be the "assisted" training you mentioned.). Would love to hear more.