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powerlifting

I just read the article about Mike, and the thing that stumps me is Mike’s weight. I am a powerlifter too, but when I get close to competition I try to lose a little weight to better my chances of winning. I hope some of you can help me understand why one would want to stay at 400 lbs.? I know the sauce will keep some weight on but one could probably get lean and still maintain most of their strength.

Hes a heavyweight, what advantage does he have with being lean? none

Most powerlifters are not lean, most are lucky if they are 15%.

Leaness doesnt equate with performance.

Mike surely competes in Unlimited weight class so weight isn’t important. On the other hand, if you’re lifting in the lighter classes (i.e. 90-100kgs/ 198-220lbs) being the leanest while having the most muscle as possible might help you. It all depends of the context!

-LPdSB

hes in the heavyweights so why would he want to lose weight if he didnt have to.