Post Competition Review & Recovery

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Introduction In a previous article I detailed my preparation for the Greater Manchester Championships on 29th April 2018, and I have now recovered enough muscle function to write a review of my day. I shall go into more detail regarding recovery later on, and how this is changing (and getting harder) as the months and years go on. This may …

Powerlifting Formulas – Is Wilks Best, and What Are the Alternatives?

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Introduction   At every powerlifting competition, the best lifter for each age group / weight class / gender is worked out using a certain formula. This formula takes into account, generally, three factors – gender, bodyweight & weight lifted. There have been several different formulas used, and different federations and sports use different ones, for different reasons. The accuracy and …

Cutting Weight for a Powerlifting Competition & My Experience

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Introduction   There are various opinions, from various people and sources regarding whether or not you should cut weight for a powerlifting competition, the pros and cons, and whether or not you lose strength doing so; And how much. I entered my latest competition (Greater Manchester Championships, April 29th 2018) in February whilst I weighed a stealthy 124 (ish) kg, …

The Effects of Training & Diet Supplements

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Introduction   Like everyone who lifts weights, and undoubtedly everyone who competes in powerlifting – I want to get stronger. When you start your competitive journey (or sometimes mid-way through), you will decide to either take PED’s (Performance Enhancing Drugs) or, like me, not. For me it was an easy decision, getting stronger was a personal thing – I wanted …

The Effect of Music on Sports Performance

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Introduction   We’ve all seen people walking around wearing some sort of headphones, listening to their music on the move. Music is widely accessible, all you need is a phone or some form of digital storage device, and some headphones.   Music means different things to different people, but most can appreciate the change in mood brought on by their …

The Benefits of Water and The Effects of Water Consumption on Muscles and Muscular Strength

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Introduction   If you don’t drink water, you will die. It’s that important. There is a simple rule of three that you can follow: An average human being can live for roughly three months exposed completely to the elements, three weeks without food, three days without water and three minutes without oxygen. For most of us, we should prioritize the …

50 Tips For Competing at a Powerlifting Competition

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It’s what all your training has been geared towards, and you are finally able to test your strength and get some ‘official’ numbers. A powerlifting competition is fun, exciting and a bench mark to hold yourself against in future. It can also be nerve-wracking, intense and overwhelming. You will want to reduce the chances of something going wrong as much …

The History of Powerlifting

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The History of Powerlifting   Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. There has been a great deal of confusion relating to the origins and roots of powerlifting. The conflict which has enveloped it in recent years hasn’t helped to clarify it very much. The deadlift …

The Deadlift; A Bio-Mechanical Assessment

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Introduction   The two main styles of barbell deadlift that have been explored in the research and which are contested in the sport of powerlifting both use the straight bar and are the conventional and sumo styles. The conventional deadlift style uses a narrower stance of around 32 – 33cm compared to around 65 – 70cm in the sumo style …

The Bench Press; A Bio-Mechanical Assessment

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    Introduction   The bench press is of course one of the three powerlifts, and is performed to a set of strict rules. In contrast to the squat, the bench press is not performed (with as much purpose) by weightlifters. Weightlifters may bench press as part of their training, but due to the plain of movement it is not …