I actually got into powerlifting from doing Olympic lifting. I like both, but I preferred the autonomy I got from powerlifting, since my experience with olympic lifting needed a coach or a team setting to train with. When I did olympic lifting in the past, I wasn’t very strong and don’t think I was lifting heavy enough to get any real stimulus. After 8 weeks I was able to clean 225 and push jerk (from the rack) 205, and snatch 135 - around this time my maxes for other lifts were 305 on Squat, 215 for Bench, and 335 on Deadlift.
I’d like to do powerlifting 3-4x a week because it’s near my house. I was considering doing once a week training with a coach in my area to learn and mostly go instructional pace - would you recommend dialing back on any others lifts (probably deadlift) around this time?
My friends who have done both say to do cleans before squats and snatches before bench, but my PL gym doesnt have bumper plates. There IS a Barbell club in the same office park, but I’m not sure if it would be economical to do both.