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Old 05-14-2010, 10:10 AM   #1
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If you want to be a powerlifter should you train like a bodybuilder for a while or doing something else to get strong right away?
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:28 AM   #2
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If you want to be a powerlifter should you train like a bodybuilder for a while or doing something else to get strong right away?
I'm no expert, but I say train for what you want to do. If you want to be strong, train to be strong. Most powerlifters aren't the most sculpted examples of their work...but they can probably bench the top 10 bodybuilders with ease.. BB'ers on the other hand only need to look good. Not saying they are weak, but I'd put my money on a powerlifter anyday to outpress most BB'ers...
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I wouldnt start off with bodybuilding type training. I did this, not exactly but for the most part. Ended up having to re-learn how to bench and squat and everything else once I started on a powerlifting program with some guys who really coached me and showed me proper form, technique etc for powerlifting.
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I would stick with core basic exercises, but would stick in rep ranges 5+ until you build up some strength.
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I would stick with core basic exercises, but would stick in rep ranges 5+ until you build up some strength.
Do you have some kind of "baseline", numbers, when you think that trainee would benefit of doing rep ranges of 1-5?

Also, for getting more power, is it more beneficial to do straight sets, like 5x5 or pyramid-type of training, like 10-8-6-4-2?
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Do you have some kind of "baseline", numbers, when you think that trainee would benefit of doing rep ranges of 1-5?

Also, for getting more power, is it more beneficial to do straight sets, like 5x5 or pyramid-type of training, like 10-8-6-4-2?
Personally I think you can get quite a bit of mileage out of linear progression. If I were coaching someone I would tell them to get to a 250 bench, 350 squat and 400 deadlift. Or about a 1000 pound total. But this would depend on the trainee and their mental and physical maturity.

For power I would rather see you do a 5x5, or a 2-4-6-8-10. I would rather see the heaviest sets when you're fresh. I don't like the idea of heavy sets when the body is worn down a bit from previous higher rep sets.

This is just my personal take, and by no means do I think it's the only answer. merely the way would train someone.
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Personally I think you can get quite a bit of mileage out of linear progression. If I were coaching someone I would tell them to get to a 250 bench, 350 squat and 400 deadlift. Or about a 1000 pound total. But this would depend on the trainee and their mental and physical maturity.

For power I would rather see you do a 5x5, or a 2-4-6-8-10. I would rather see the heaviest sets when you're fresh. I don't like the idea of heavy sets when the body is worn down a bit from previous higher rep sets.

This is just my personal take, and by no means do I think it's the only answer. merely the way would train someone.
i actually like pyramiding down the way the buckey chart has me doing it Buckeye Workout Program Chart
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i actually like pyramiding down the way the buckey chart has me doing it Buckeye Workout Program Chart
Thank you for this, very interesting chart!
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Personally I think you can get quite a bit of mileage out of linear progression. If I were coaching someone I would tell them to get to a 250 bench, 350 squat and 400 deadlift. Or about a 1000 pound total. But this would depend on the trainee and their mental and physical maturity.

For power I would rather see you do a 5x5, or a 2-4-6-8-10. I would rather see the heaviest sets when you're fresh. I don't like the idea of heavy sets when the body is worn down a bit from previous higher rep sets.

This is just my personal take, and by no means do I think it's the only answer. merely the way would train someone.
Hmm, ok. Im not there yet, my current total is 860 pounds(next week I try to improve that). That is interesting, doing pyramid that way! Might work out pretty well. Although, it takes longer time to train because that way more warm up sets are needed.

Yesterday my workout was Squat 10-8-6-4-2, Bench 10-8-6-4-2, Deadlift 10-8-6-4-2 and Overhead press 8-6-3-2 and it was absolutely brutal. I really tried to test myself and and that last 2 reps were always only 10 pounds from my 1-rep max PR. I managed to get through only with Squat, in Bench and Overhead Press I managed to get 1 rep out of that last set and in Deadlift could only do 10-8-6-2-0..pathetic..

But good thoughts, thanks. Have to think which way suits me better. Just want to get "big three" to 300-400-500 as soon as possible.
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if by train like a bodybuilder you mean isolation movements mostly this is not the route i would go for powerlifting strength. i would do something like big 3 with assistance iso's after doing them. never do the iso's first only after a complete compound for the day has been done. either bench dead or squat.
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