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Training for Powerlifting

Hey guys I have been searching the web site but can’t find what I’m looking for. In december I’m going to enter my first powerlifting comp. I’ve never done any before so I don’t know how to get ready for a comp. What type of training should I be doing. I was doing some x-comp training the past few weeks but want to know how to really increase my lifts going into the last month of training. Any ideas on what to be doing. Low reps high intesity? Thanks for the help guys.

You sound like a beginner so this stuff may seem overwhelming at first, but I suggest you hit the previous issues section and read everything by Dave Tate.

http://www.deepsquatter.com/strength/main.htm

That should answer most, if not all, of your questions!

Hope this helps,
Flax

www.deepsquatter.com is a relatively complete powerlifting resource. Right now, Testosterone doesn’t have info on preparing for a powerlifting meet. Although they DO have some good powerlifing info, deepsquatter’s site focuses exclusively on it.

Chris is right, read everything by Dave Tate. It might be to soon to put everything in place, but it’s the best I’ve ever seen for powerlifting.

Thanks guys, I’ll check out that site. I should have said that I have been training for 5 years now and following t-mag for 6 or 7 seven months. I do perform all the powerlifting lifts in my routines I have just never tried for max strength. Technique isn’t too much of a question as much as what type of routine to follow going into the competition. I also don’t know if I should go light the week before, or two weeks before. Maybe just a few ideas of what some of you who have competed do. Once again thanks for any tips and thank to the guys that already answered.

If you’re going to get into powerlifting, then I would seriously follow Dave Tate’s and Louie Simmons training ideas.

They have a very different system than most people follow (they don’t believe in progressive overload or linear periodization), but they have produced the best powerlifters in the world!

If you read their articles, you’ll see that they don’t go light. Their training is heavy year round and right up to competition time. They do this by using different exercises every two weeks and by not using the bench, squat or deadlift during their regular workouts (not in the traditional way most people use those lifts).

Check out their methods and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. I may give powerlifting a try in the future, and I’ll be sure to follow Dave and Louie’s methods when I do.