Hello Pete,my name is Alik and I am the admin of Powerlifting Motivation, tell us about yourself.
Pete: My name is Pete Rubish and I am a 22 year old raw powerlifter competing out of Madison, Wisconsin. My best competition total is 1851 pounds in the 242 pound weight class. My best competition lifts are a 667 pound squat with no knee wraps, a 413 pound bench press and a 788 pound deadlift with no belt. I grew up playing every traditional sport imaginable and I’ve also tried my hand at bodybuilding and running marathons. But powerlifting has always been the sport I found most enjoyable.
How long have you been training in powerlifting?
Pete: I have been lifting for 8 years now and competing in powerlifting for 5 years
The last few days there were many discussions on forums for example T-nation about the genetics and it part in training, story tells that Kirk Karwoski squats 3 plates in his first training.
Do you remember how much you lifted at your first time?
Pete: I wasn’t that strong when I first began lifting. I was deadlifting around 200 pounds, benching around 115 pounds, and squatting around 225 pounds. But I made very fast progress on my deadlift and squat over the years and I knew I had a lot of genetic potential within those two lifts.
Huge numbers for a first time, what training routine are you doing right now?
Pete: I plan out all of my own training and I’m currently training four days per week. I deadlift and squat on Tuesdays and Fridays, and I bench on Sundays and Thursdays.
Do you belive in assistance exercises or you just focus on the main lifts?
I believe assistance exercises are the key to getting your main lifts to improve. What I seem to find with myself is that when I slack on my assistance work, my main lifts all stall. So I definitely believe they are crucial to seeing improvement.
What is the number of reps you usually do in the main lifts and in the assistance exercises ?
Do you prefer high reps or low reps?
Pete: It varies so much that I couldn’t specify. A lot of it depends on how far out I am from a meet. The further out I am the more volume I’ll be doing and the higher the rep range that I’ll be training. But as the meet gets closer, volume is cut down, and weights are heavier.
What are you thinking about dynamic work and speed work?
Pete: Not a huge believer in the necessity of it. I think it works and it’s not a bad concept, but there are other ways to improve strength without resorting to speed work.
How much and what do you eat during your day?
I don’t really track my macros or food intake unless I’m trying to lose weight and lean down. But in general, I’m pretty blessed with my genetics and can eat whatever I want. Most days I eat a bunch of ground turkey and rice a roni with whatever else I’m craving thrown in.
Would you talk a bit about steroids?
Pete: Yeah, that’s fine
When did you started using them?
Pete: When I was 19 years old right after I deadlifted 755 pounds
How did you decide you want to start using them? Have you been aware of the side affects?
Pete: I wanted to be the best and sometimes you have to resort to extreme measures to try to make that happen. I was aware of the side effects going in, but when you’re young you seem to think you’re invincible and you do a lot of things with no regard towards the long-term.
Was your first cycle planned or did you just used whatever you could find?
Pete: Planned. It was 500 mgs test and 25 mgs dbol
Many people say that thier for cycle gave them huge boost of power, have you experienced this too?
I would say so, I definitely got much stronger over a very short period of time so that old adage definitely holds true.
Are you stay on or you cycle?
Pete: I stayed on for the most part. I only went off for a very brief period of time over those 26 months when I ran gear hard.
Most of the athlete doesn’t say they are using, why have you decided to share and you talk so openly about it?
Pete: Because I’m beginning to get away from using and I wanted to share my experiences with the public so hopefully others can make a more educated decision before they hop on. I feel that steroid usage is often glorified to an extent on the internet and it comes at a price. Not to say I’m 100% opposed to the use of them but people need to be smart about everything.
In many of your videos you are deadlifting with grip straps’ why are you doing it? Do you do it on regular bases or when you don’t want to use your grip strength?
Pete: For awhile I was having issues with my grip so I had to resort to straps. I got over my grip problems by doing static barbell holds in the rack as well as holding 100 pound plates in each hand for time. I’ll still use straps sometimes if calluses on my hand are torn off or sometimes for things like barbell rows.
Do you think that Powerlifting has a future? Will it ba an olympic sport one day? What is you opinion for it not being an olympic sport yet?
Pete: I don’t know if it will ever be an olympic sport with all of the different federations there are now and all of the bickering that goes on. But there has been a definite improvement in the popularity of the sport and I definitely think it has a future. It’s taking off, thanks in large part to the way there has been a movement towards raw lifting.
Do you feel sometimes that you don’t want to train anymore? What motivates you?
Pete: No, I live for the gym. It’s my passion and my number one hobby. So, it comes pretty natural to me as far as my desire to train. I’ve always wanted to be the best that I can be, no matter what it is. I want to be the best powerlifter I can be, the best and most loving partner I can be to my girlfriend, and just the best at everything I do in general. So that drive makes it very easy to find the internal motivation needed to succeed and train hard. The gym is also my place of solace. I love going there and clearing my head. Lifting is a form of therapy to me and make me feel amazing.
Do you have any tips for young lifters?
Pete: Stay natural until you’re at least 21 years old and are able to make a more well-informed decision. Don’t jump into taking them just because you feel the pressure to take them or because that’s what you deem everyone else to be doing. Don’t slack on your accessory training. That’s where the big gains on your main lifts will come from. The last piece of advice I would offer off the top of my head is to eat a ton and try to build your strength base and also avoid maxing out too often. Maxing out too often can be detrimental to your long-term progress.
I will be competing at my first meet in 2 days, do you have any useful tips for me?
Pete: Choose your openers as weights that you could rep for 5-6 reps. Be conservative with your attempts and just try to go 9 for 9.
Thank you very much Pete, it was very interesting talking to you I wish you good luck in everything you will try to do.
Thank you for the chance to do the interview!