POWERLIFTING: Getting Started
For those of you who are looking to take your weight-lifting to the next level, 2017 may be the year you try out Powerlifting. Not only will you add serious mass and take your full-body strength to another level, you will be able to enter competitions where you can increase motivation through that competitive spirit.
As a Powerlifting beginner, it is important to do your research. When throwing this type of weight around, you have got to make sure that your form is correct, especially for those of you that are more injury prone.
With that being said, it is essential that you take some time to learn from the professionals, like our master trainers at BAC. Scot Mendelson, one of the stars of Powerlifting, stated in a recent interview with Monster Muscle magazine that “nothing in this world comes easy except failure,” so you had better be ready to put in some serious work.
Here are some tips for those of you who are up to the challenge.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
As I mentioned before, this is not the type of workout that you can just go out and do on your own. Not only will poor form make you susceptible to injury, but each exercise is designated to target a specific muscle group; therefore, if you are doing the exercise incorrectly, you will not be building that muscle group optimally. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding is an excellent resource to turn to with information on workout plans, proper form, and proper nutrition.
ASK FOR ADVICE
Hire a professional trainer to get you started. Or, find a community with like-minded gym-goers who are squatting or benching a considerable amount of weight. Don’t be intimidated and don’t feel like you are bothering them. It will, more than likely, be pretty gratifying for them to have someone approach them asking for tips and advice as it will validate the hard work they have put in. They were beginners at one time also, and having someone there that can help you with your form in person will be crucial in your development.
GET ON A CUSTOM WORKOUT PLAN
There are literally thousands of workouts that you can try, but a good trainer will draft a plan that works best for you and your fitness level right now. Bodybuilding.com and Men’s Fitness magazine are other resources for workout planning. Make sure to adhere to a plan for at least a month or two before switching it up. You will not get instant results after a week on the plan, so make sure that you give it a good go before you pivot in a new direction.
Depending on how much money you are looking to invest, it is essential to get some equipment for your new endeavor. At the very least you will want to invest in a belt and some knee wraps to provide support to your back and knees. Those are two of the most common powerlifting injuries and these relatively inexpensive accessories will add additional support and help to prevent injuries.
Some of the best foods to load up on for muscle growth are beef, brown rice, cottage cheese, eggs, quinoa, and fruits such as oranges and cantaloupe. If you feel the urge to take additional supplements start out with protein and creatine. There are a million other supplements out there, some of which are helpful, and some which are not. If you feel the need to experiment with other supplements, consult your trainer or medical professional before you do so.
So, with the start of a new year, why not get out there and try powerlifting? Push yourself to new limits and set new personal records. If you enjoy it after a couple of months and see results, then reach out to your fellow powerlifters or trainers at the gym and find out if there is a competition being held in your area. Set a date in the future giving you adequate time to train and give it your all.
Winter is bulking season…put on muscle mass and give yourself a nice block of marble to chisel out into statuesque form come beach season. Power-lifting will give you a balanced muscular build that you have wanted for so long and your confidence will sky rocket. If all goes well, you may have some powerlifting newbie approaching YOU next winter asking for tips and advice.
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