Paid Members WeeAl Posted March 23 Paid Members Share Posted March 23 1 hour ago, Mr_Danger said: Anyone ever dabbled in power lifting? I restarted training in the gym in November after a good 5+ years off when walking up the stairs after work involved more crawling than walking. So I took a month off on the sick and started about getting in to shape to ease the pain I had from plantar fasciitis. Things kind of snowballed and I’m now a 6 days a week probably doing more harm than good obsessive gym goer. I’ve got a good base knowledge of weight lifting and am pretty competent at training my self, nutrition and making and changing my workouts but I’d quite like to delve a bit deeper in to power lifting. My gym is holding a novice charity event in June and I think I’ll put my name down for it. I’ve no expectations other than beating my own personal bests and having a goal to train toward other than “A round triangular shape and a nice Eddie Hall fat pack” when I go to Greece in October. Any tips and advice would be welcome. I’ll be back in 6 months to ask for advice on setting up a buff bear only fans page. Congratulations on the consistency you're putting in Danger! Motivation is a quack, but building consistent habits is how shit gets done. If this is of any help to you: Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 programme is as easy a transition to make from generally lifting, to getting into powerlifting training programmes. There are several versions that spurt off from the original as well. He has a couple of e-book's out that are easy to find online. T-Nation.com will be a very useful resource. Christian Thibaudeau and Dave Tate on there, and Tate on his website EliteFTS will be pretty valuable. The master Eddy Coan, will have plenty videos on technique, especially for Squat, that you'll want to see. The headcases at Westside Barbell, led by the late Louie Simmons, produced some incredible lifters - you wouldn't have survived otherwise. It was hardcore volume, and there's enough juice being taken to cope with that. There's a lot of great stuff to learn from looking at their programmes and listening to Louie, but remember it's by no means an entry level to Powerlifting. But others can take training ideas and teachings from it and scale back the volume to suitable levels when trying to programme for a clean, beginner to intermediate level lifter. With Powerlifting specifically, it's technique, technique, technique. Learn the cues, bring the lifts down into stages and learn what constitutes a completed lift in Powerlifting as opposed to generally in the gym, weightlifting or strongman. It's very strict. A local charity event may not be, but if you're interested trying to get further into it down the line - start as you may mean to go on and learn to do the lifts within the rules of what a referee will pass on meet day - which with Bench Press is also different depending on the governing body (how much of you needs to stay in contact with the bench and ground for example) and with squat, where the green light is going to be on your depth. There'll be weight classes so you'll have to figure out if you want to cut weight or not at some point in order to make a class. If not, you'll want to be able to keep your weight stable for periods of time while getting stronger, and not accidentally end up 100g into a higher weight class. Gear requirements differ - there are Equipped/Geared categories which mean using a bench shirt or squat suit for example and knee wraps. Then you have you Raw/classic/unequipped section which is just you, your weight belt and your singlet. Though some of these, again depending on the federation may allow the use of knee sleeves. I'd start by finding who your local competitions are run by (possibly GBPF or the IPF) having a look at their rules and then learning the lift technique that they find acceptable for competition (if they have any differences they'll be minor differences, but differences none the less) - then implementing a programme from there. Enjoy and best of luck with looking into things, trying some new stuff out and setting new PB's - then consistently setting and breaking new targets again after that in the future. It's a rewarding pursuit to follow as at the end of the day, the iron is a great leveller. It doesn't lie. If you put in the work, you'll see it. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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