I have decided to pursue powerlifting program for this summer (and forever if I like it). My goals so far have just been to gain weight and size and strength is always nice. I usually prefer upper/lower body splits and I love Chad Waterbury type programs, like TBT. Well, I have become more an more interested in powerlifting (I like both the size and strenth aspect of powerlifters).
So I read DT's 8 keys, and I guess the program he prescribed will be an outline for what I will do. I will start off with ME lifts of goodmornings and pin presses. I have some questions though:
Speed: On things like speed squats, do I need a box? Should I lower in controlled, slow, motion, and then shoot up? Do I just spring up as soon as I hit parallel, or does it matter so long as when I do shoot up, its as fast as possible? Should I invest in bands even as a beginner?
Volume: On the program that Tate gives, he outlines a ton of volume, like 6 sets of 8 and 5 sets of 10, AFTER a max lift! Should I work up to this volume? Are these including gradual progression of weight? Go really light, to ensure that I hit each rep of each set without fatigue?
Could someone please explain the volume and speed aspects of powerlifting? I would appreciate any tips anyone has. I am really looking forward to getting into this. I am just trying to sort everything out, and get started. Also, I appreciate and would love to hear ANY comments or tips or advice or anything about powerlifting and a westside protocol. Thanks a lot!