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Old 05-14-2015, 03:55 PM   #1
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Default How do I train for powerlifting in a gym with limited amount of weight plate?

Currently I am using all the available weight plates in my gym and there is no more additional weight plates for me to increase my intensity and also to allow me to hit some PR....

There are no more gyms in my area except this one that I am currently in.

Any suggestions and advice?

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Old 05-14-2015, 04:35 PM   #2
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Edit: Ask the gym owner to get more plates?
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Old 05-14-2015, 05:00 PM   #3
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If it's a viable option, set up a gym at home. Honestly one of the best things I ever did.
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:06 PM   #4
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If a home gym is not an option and your stuck at that gym, one way to get more out of lighter weights is to do pause work. Pause squats and pause bench are great for building strength, IMO. BTB just made a video on how brutal and intense pause work is. I understand that may not work with the program your on, but if your stuck with a limited amount of weight, you may want to switch to routine that incorporates a mix of higher volume and pause work.

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Do like WilldBill said and ask the gym owner to buy some more plates. (Which he probably wont)
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A rep goal set up is all I can think of.
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Just like Bill said, you could simply ask the owner to buy a couple of plates.
Meanwhile you could do unilateral work (lunges, bulgarian split squats, one leg deadlift...) , paused squats, pause deadlifts, paused bench or adding reps with a certain weight.
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Throw some on chains or KB's to ends of BB. This is what I do when running out of plates.
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More reps, long pauses, shorter rest times, more warmups
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You could also look at getting some bands, get some speed work.
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Either of the first two responses, IMO:


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