February 8th, 2012 at 6:47 PM ^

Powerlifters will bring their grip in to shoulder width similar to a push up. You retract the lats, bring the elbows towards the body more and it give you more power. You might see other guys who are trying to body build take a wider grip and bring their elbows out like a "T" from their body. This puts more pressure on the shoulder and has less useful applicability to Mike's move off the line (he would have his hands closer to when delivering a blow to the offensive lineman). All that said, this was an impressive lift by Mike.


February 8th, 2012 at 8:56 AM ^

That's a pretty narrow grip.  I'd bet he could do more with a more conventional grip, and this might be training specifically for the combine bench.


February 8th, 2012 at 10:25 AM ^

Does anyone expect the Barwis-Michigan connection to continue once the RichRod generation of recruits have won multiple B1G titles and graduated?

I'm also curious - are these guys still in school? Mike Martin clearly has some NFL future. Has he graduated, or is he in full NFL draft mode now?


February 8th, 2012 at 11:28 AM ^

Lamarr Woodley trains there, as do many other Michigan Alumni NFLers who didn't actually train with Barwis as undergrads. I think he established a relationship with a lot of the alums while he worked at Michigan and word of mouth goes a long way. You want to train with someone you're comfortable with.

Plus, a lot of the alums are from the state, so they can work out there while they visit family, etc. I think it'll definitely continue.

Can't speak as to who has graduated yet, I dunno.


February 8th, 2012 at 1:06 PM ^

I'm about 250, lifting two of me just sounds insane. There are good odds that he breaks the combine rep record. Isnt Richardson from 'Bama a freak of nature too? it'd be interesting to see these two benching.