I used to compete in powerlifting back in the eighties (remember Marathon suits and Ed Coan as a 181?) I was never really any good, but anyway I want to come back and see what I can do now at 47. I have been weight training all these years so I am in decent shape but I haven’t done anything as intense like a powerlifting cycle in a long time. I would like compete as a Masters in a meet next year so I have a couple questions:
I have been trying to get my form back in the low-bar squat, but the action of holding the bar low on the back tears up my shoulders. They feel like they are going to pop out. Will this pass as the shoulders loosen up and I get used to the positioning again? Or should I defer to the high-bar squat to protect to old shoulders? I remember seeing a top competitor at the USA Powerlifting championships at the Arnold Classic recently who was a high bar squatter. I think it was a big deal that this guy was a high bar squatter. The announcer kept making a big deal of his high bar technique when introducing him to the platform as if it was something the crowd should be impressed by. I forget the guy’s name…
I feel I need to develop some sort of base to get the old body ready for the rigors of a powerlifting cycle. I was reading about the strong lifts 5x5 and the old Doug Hepburn routines. These seem to be good routines to start with. The scene sure has changed since my day with 5/3/1, the emergence of Westside, and all the others. Any ideas?