T-Nation needs an article on this. this seems to be comming up a lot lately with no real answers
No real answers???
Here’s an answer… whoever says that you can’t be strong and somewhat lean is a fucking idiot who has no idea giving advice to anyone.
Jesus. How is this even a question that warrants further discussion??? Look at the top guys in the 275 and under class. Strong as fucking bulls, and nearly all less than 15% bodyfat.
You simply cannot be a top competitor in a limited weightclass unless you have as much muscle as humanly possible. Two guys compete at 220lb/100kg. Same height but one has 20+% bodyfat, the other 10%. Who do you think is gonna be stronger??
Sam Byrd squatted over a grand at single digit bodyfat.
Frankly’s benched 4x bodyweight as a 198 and is probably not much more than 10%.
Look at Brian Schwab, Belayev, Konstantinov, Matt K etc etc…
Chuck V doesn’t look like he gained ANY bodyfat going from 198 to 275. Hell, he looks leaner now. He manages just fine.
I honestly cannot believe this question even needs to be asked. Actually I can believe the question is being asked since it’s a valid enough question, but I can’t believe people are actually considering their answers or acting like it’s fucking rocket science.[/quote]
Its the 21st century, powerlifting isn’t just three day splits and fat guys anymore.
To be on top of your game you need to incorporate higher volume training coupled with a healthy dose of SPP, GPP, mobilization movements, foam rolling and stretching. If you can do all that and avoid eating cheeseburgers all day, then I don’t think you have an excuse for not being lean.