On Monday I will be starting my PL program. I will get my new program from my buddy on Sunday. I’m actually really excited about this. I’m still trying to get a better understanding on how to do powerlifting. I’ve been reading articles here and at EliteFTS. I have a few questions I’m hoping you guys can help me with:
Do powerlifters do isolation exercises like calf raises, bicep curls, lateral raises?
These articles should help with these questions.
This can also be useful if you train in a commercial gym:
What about overhead pressing?
Overhead pressing can be used as a secondary exercise for reps to help build shoulder strength and strength off the bottom in the bench.
How many sets do most powerlifters do per exercise? How many of these are warm up sets? Looking at other lifters logs, they seem to start low and slowly pyramid up.
This varies, but the advice that I got when I started was never go more than 50 lbs between sets. This article should help as well:
Also, be wary of a program given to you by a buddy. You need something that will address YOUR particular weaknesses. These will become apparent over time, so keep an open mind and don’t always just blindly follow a set program. Good luck and welcome to Powerlifting![/quote]
Thanks! My buddy said the same thing. He’s not just going to give me a program, but train me how to do the lifts properly and help me along the way.
The other day he showed me how to properly squat powerlifting style. I’m use to shoulder width deep squats. I did lots of sets to get the form down. My legs haven’t been this sore in a long time. The inside of my legs and glutes are killing me!
I’m really excited about being trained by him. Back in his day he was an elite lifter and took the world title in the 90’s. He is old school though. I’m not sure he’ll train me the same way lifters are training today.
I’m sure I’ll get all my questions answered by him soon enough. I just want to get a better understanding before hand. I’m coming from a BB background.
Thanks for the links!