Hey guys, my football coach is trying his damned-est to get a powerlifting program started at our school. no guarantees if it will happen, bit if it does, i have a few questions.
what lifts are usually done at a meet, or does it vastly differ?
i'm a senior with no PL experience, but i do lift. can i expect to compete with other schools who have done it for awhile? (I'd post stats, but I don't know what would be relevant or useful. ask and i will provide)
must you use squat suits/bench shirts? i would assume there is a "raw class".
also, what are some rules or etiquette things i should pay attention to or watch out for? any tips or advice on getting started?
Before you look into Feds, look into technical rules. No offense, but if your highschool has a football program without a standing PL program, theres a 90% chance you have been taught incorrect form in the lifts
(Powerlifting wise) What kills every football player i compete with/ against are their habits...1/4 squats or parallel squat need to be BELOW parellel...and the bench needs to STOP on yior chest without throwing your hips.
I didnt do a single squat below parallel until i began powerlifting so I know from past experience. its a GREAT sport and its alot easier to pursue outside of highschool when you graduate than football.
none taken, but i learned how to lift properly at my old high school in california. we actually had an "intro to weightlifting" class, and i made sure i wasn't gonna be a statistic like what you mentioned.
it's kinda funny, but i actually had to step in for our previous coach (at my current school, we now have new head coach this year) to teach proper powerclean form. their knees were bowing inward so badly that they had trouble with their jumping reverse curls, so i couldn't help myself.
No laughing at curls now, they are brutal exercise when done heavy and most organizations have switched to a strict curl which is up against the wall and allows for zero cheating. Also the original powerlifting competitions in the 60's started out with the big 4 (not 3) and included curls, because they were the biggest muscle that wasn't really measured by doing squats, bench, and deads (ie you could be strong in those 3 and still have wimpy bis).
Then over time curls were dropped, I am not sure why, probably because PL meets are pretty damn long anyway, but they are making a comeback. Now I am a bit biased because I do curl competitions, but can you really consider yourself strong if you can't curl a lot? I don't think so.
Have fun if you start powerlifting, I am sure you will enjoy it.
I believe it just goes with the weekend warrior sterotypes. All heavy curlers I know ONLY curl. Walk in wearing abercrombie clothes and gelled hair, curl while staring at their hyooggeee 'ceps in the mirror during and in between the sets, give a nice bicep flex for the bunnies then leave.
Im sure you see them yourself alot. Personally I dont curl, i get massive stimulation from reverse grip deads, barbell rows, heavy shrugs reverse gripped and farmers walks. But believe me, if curling was re-initiated back into the "Big 3" I would live next to that curl rack just as much as the weekenmd warriors.