First post ever here! Hi everyone!
My question is this: Would it be wise to follow a traditional bodybuilding type of leg program prior to pursuing a powerlifting oriented one?
I don’t at all care about being bigger, just stronger and would rather pursue a power lifting program from the get-go. I read an article about strong lifts and then found similar information on similar programs. My legs certainly lack development as compared to my upper body and I’ve been working on rectifying that issue. They’re not necessarily disproportionately small, just weaker than they should be relative to my upper body. I started a generic 5x5 program a few months back but ran into some lower back problems when squatting/deadlifting as a result of poor flexibility/endurance in that region after the first few weeks of great results. Took some time off to rectify that issue and as I returned to my previous program, there is no longer an issue.
However, I don’t know if I’m rushing into a power lifting program without adequate…“experience”. I’ve lifted for a number of years(albeit inconsistently) and only recently came across the power lifting school of training, which frankly is what I’ve been searching for. I guess I’m wanting to know if I need to have certain qualifications before doing some power lifting based workouts, for example, in the way that it is suggested one squat 2x body weight before starting a plyometrics program.
Thanks for the help!