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16 May

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Accessory work for powerlifting

What you should be doing
We can define accessory work as everything you do within a training session after the completion of the main exercise or exercises, which will usually consist of the competition lifts or close variations. Traditionally, accessory work can be understood as higher repetition ‘’bodybuilding’’ exercises, or, sometimes, as conditioning training.

Now, several factors have an influence on how accessory work Read more…

09 May

Conditioning for Powerlifting

What is Necessary?
Two factors mainly determine powerlifting success: maximal strength and hypertrophy. And then again, hypertrophy only matters because the amount of muscle mass an individual possesses influences the potential he has to develop absolute strength.

The task that needs to be accomplished in powerlifting in regards to conditioning is expressing maximal strength on the platform, and be able to use maximal force for nine attempts, Read more…

01 Jan

Potential in Powerlifting

Athletic potential has been particularly studied in recent years in the field of training theory.  What makes a great athlete? Is it possible for anyone to reach high levels in sport?  To what extent do genetics play a role?  While the answers to these questions make for a far broader text than the article you are presently reading, we want here to take a look at Read more…

01 Nov

Exercise Variation and Training Transfer

Exercise variation is used by all coaches.  Very seldom will you see an athlete performing exclusively competitive movements during the training process.  Most trainees use a wide variety of exercises in their preparation, especially beginner to intermediate athletes.

While variation is certainly necessary, it is often used with an instinctive approach as opposed to being applied with a solid understanding of the training process.

Three main Read more…

25 Oct

Directed Adaptation

We’ve written on the idea of having specialized training blocks of concentrated workloads for advanced athletes in past articles[1]. We’ve mentioned as well the fact that the human body will react to stressors by remodeling it’s systems to better withstand further exposure to said stressors.

For the training effect to be substantial as well as durable, stimuli of the same type should be presented in sequence for a Read more…