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Topic: TIPS FOR POWERLIFTING (Read 2252 times)
Cecile J. Nason
TIPS FOR POWERLIFTING
February 03, 2021, 04:15:47 AM »
Powerlifting is the act of lifting as much as possible in the bench press, deadlift or squat for one rep at a time, and it’s in fact different from Olympic Lifting. Unlike bodybuilding, which emphasizes the pursuit of a particular physique, powerlifting is a sport of attaining as much raw strength as is humanly possible. Primal in its simplicity, powerlifting isn’t always pretty, nor is it especially glamorous. But it is practical, unquestionably hardcore, and a virtual guarantee you will never again struggle to move your couch.
How low can you go? If you want to get freaky strong, it’s time to find out. “A deep squat is an effective squat, whether your goal is to build muscle or build strength,” says Simmons.
Deadlift Like a Boss:
Perhaps no lift represents powerlifting better than the deadlift. It is one of the most primal lifts imaginable.
The pyramid concept of increasing weight and decreasing reps from set to set within a particular exercise is not new, and yet surprisingly many beginners tend to go straight to a particular weight and lift until failure for set after set. Instead, try building toward a high point in the exercise—a weight that you hope to lift in the 2-4 rep range cleanly. The rep counts might look like this: 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2. The weight should gradually increase with each set as the reps go down.
You may think that drop sets are for bodybuilders only—a push-past-failure technique designed to carve new detail into muscle. But your body can use this proven approach to build new strength and size, as well.
Powerlifting is all about challenging yourself mentally and physically—pushing your limits safely. The most rewarding meets I’ve participated in were those when I set a new personal best in one of the lifts
The common theme here is obviously that proper form comes first. If you’re lifting properly, the strength will follow. Take the ego out of your lifts, take some weight off the bar and take pride in doing the lifts properly.
Rest and Eat:
You need to rest and eat appropriately. An intense weightlifting program requires the proper amount of fuel and rest for results. Without getting into diet program specifics, the basic principle is that your diet should be appropriate for your personal goals—whether they are to build size and strength or lose weight.
Also, I recommend supplementing a healthy diet with a supplement such as RuckPack, which is a caffeine-free, all-in-one supplement which promotes focus, joint health, stamina, and recovery.
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