Lessons from Powerlifting

Lessons from Powerlifting

Giant men in singlets competing to move unthinkable weights may not be what you normally see at your local gym but there should be more similarities in your training than you may think. Here are 5 things that all gym goers could learn from Powerlifting:⁣ ⁣

  1. Progressive Overload – in order to be successful Powerlifters must lift increasingly heavier weights over time. Knowing this, they train with the intention of beating the weight and/or reps that they have performed previously. This is something that all gym-goers should implement in order to ensure that they are progressing.
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  2. Specificity – Powerlifters have a very clearly defined goal and then plan their training around achieving it. It can be easy to be drawn to your favourite exercises and workouts in the gym even if they are not the best suited for your goal. ⁣
  3. Focus of Weak Points – whether it is faults in technique or weaknesses in certain muscle groups, Powerlifters often reflect on what is holding their performance back and adjust their training accordingly. Being aware of your limiting factors (fitness to improve recovery between sets, form when squatting, etc.) and working to improve them will aid your performance and results.
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  4. Managing Recovery – fatigue management is a big part of most Powerlifting programmes, ensuring that the athletes are able to reap the rewards of the training. Paying more attention to recovery, whether it be sleep, relaxation post training or diet adherence, will enable you to benefit fully from your hard work in the gym.
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  5. Sticking to the Plan – it is common for Powerlifters to put plans lasting serval months or more into place in the lead up to a competition. Although the programme may be altered slightly to ensure it is inline with their current progress, this is adhered to for the duration of their preparation. A common mistake for average gym users is frequently changing the plan, whether it is frequently starting new programmes or switching between fat loss and muscle building phases.
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Ed Pilkington
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Ed Pilkington is an RNT body transformation coach currently based in Belfast. Ed combines the experience he has accumulated from years of training clients on the gym floor, with his scientific knowledge gained through degrees in Sport Coaching and Strength and Conditioning, to provide his clients with dramatic changes to their bodies and lifestyles.