Ok, I’ve been wondering if I’m the only one who experiences this. I’m what you can call a multisportist. I’ve done many different forms of training and sport, including martial arts, surfing, LOTS of kettlebells, pilates (hated it, but a lot of my female clients wanted it so I figured I’d do a course. I still try and get them into the weight room as soon as possible though, so I always give a combination class including kettlebells so that they can actually get some real results) and currently my main focus is powerlifting. I’ve always used powerlifting for strength, but I’ve never devoted pure focus to it till recently.
Ever since I’ve focused on it though I’ve noticed my speed and stamina has went down, in spite of doing speed training at 60% 1rm as part of my training. I understand the loss in stamina due to the fact that you can’t be all things at all times, but I didn’t expect the loss in speed since I put a lot of focus on lifting explosively. How do I fix this? Can I keep getting stronger while maintaining my speed?
You see I’m pretty much 100% sure it will negatively affect my performance in my other sports once I’ve reached the goal I wish to achieve with powerlifting (top 10 in my country, in other words I need to get my total up to at least 1350lb, it’s currently at 1125lb. The South African record is 1775lb, and the person who set this has moved to the masters devision, the current number 1 is at 1550 and number 10 is at 1250 in my weight category) due to the fact that all of them involve agility and speed, not just strength.
The main thing though is that as a trainer it would be highly beneficial for me to get top 10 in at least one of the sports I do. I can’t be a jack of all trades master of none, otherwise I might as well do crossfit. (Heaven forbid.) And quite frankly I LOVE powerlifting. How can I get stronger, relatively quickly (within the next 2 years) without losing my speed. My other sports are taking a back seat for now but eventually I’d like to return to them, without suddenly having turned into ‘that strong slow guy.’