Ways to get Began With Powerlifting

 

How to Become a Powerlifter [TIPS FOR BEGINNERS]

Video taken from the channel: Lexes O’Hara


 

Q&A: How to get into Powerlifting?

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How To Powerlift Fundamentals of Strength Training

Video taken from the channel: David Duncan


 

The Smartest Way to Program for Powerlifting (Science Explained)

Video taken from the channel: Jeff Nippard


 

How to Start POWERLIFTING: For Beginners

Video taken from the channel: Megan Himes


 

4 Tips I Wish I Knew When I Started Powerlifting | 10 Weeks Out From My Meet

Video taken from the channel: Brendan Tietz


 

POWERLIFTING FOR BEGINNERS First Meet

Video taken from the channel: Silent Mike


To get started with powerlifting, you need a plan. I’m going to take you step-by-step through this process, providing you tips and tricks along the. Powerlifting Technique That Gets You Stronger Squat Technique. Start practicing a low bar squat position, which will recruit greater musculature in your glutes.

Find Bench Press Technique. Learn how to do a proper bench press arch. This is where you purposely try to extend your Deadlift. HOW TO TRAIN FOR POWERLIFTING Since powerlifting competitions are centered on three specific exercises — back squat, bench press and deadlift — many training programs dedicate a separate training session to improving each lift. How To Get Started In Powerlifting.

March 28, 2018 Written by Team Juggernaut. Is seeing people Squat, Bench and Deadlift big weights on social media making you wonder how to get started in Powerlifting? We are here to help you start off on the right foot with proper technique and programming to set you up for long term lifting success. Well the bad news is you technically can’t start powerlifting from home. If we consider powerlifting to be the big 3 lifts, you won’t be able to hone technique at home unless you happen to have a barbell, squat rack and bench. Now Read: The Best Home Gym Equipment for Powerlifters But you can practice GPP, bodyweight training and conditioning.

The Beginner’s Powerlifting Training Plan Establishing Your Benchmark Weights. Once you’ve warmed up on your first day (see below), do 10 reps of the squat and Videos for Reference. Warmup (do before each workout).

Day 1 (Monday): Day 2. Upon the start command, lower the bar to your chest and come to a stop. DON’T relax. Learn to descend under control as this makes it easier to come to a stop and may get you a faster “Press” signal You must stay tight (keep that breath in) and be ready.

What I advise is using the basics: lift incrementally heavier weights, practice good form, use muscle-building assistance work strategically, and don’t rush into getting stronger. When you look at a well-designed program, you make advances every microcycle (usually every 1-2 weeks.). Weight training tips for beginners. Warm up.

Some aerobic activity, such as a 5-minute jog or brisk walk, will increase blood flow to your muscles and prime them for a good workout Start with lighter weights. You want to start with a weight that you can lift 10 to 15 times with proper form. The old mantra of “squat, bench, dead,” really understates the complexity of powerlifting.

This is a sport that requires brains: technique, proprioception, mobility, and diet all need to be.

List of related literature:

In the beginning, your goal is to just get started, learn basic techniques, and condition your body to the point where you have the strength and conditioning you need to make the most of your workouts.

“The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revis” by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Dobbins
from The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revis
by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Dobbins
Simon & Schuster, 2012

If you’re ready to begin, here’s the first step: forget what you think you know about getting fit.

“Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body” by Michael Matthews
from Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body
by Michael Matthews
Waterbury Publishers, Incorporated, 2019

To get started lifting weights, consult a couple of good weight-lifting books, such as Weight Training For Dummies, 2nd Edition, by Liz Neporent and Suzanne Schlosberg (Wiley Publishing, Inc.), and talk to a personal trainer at a nearby gym.

“Martial Arts For Dummies” by Jennifer Lawler
from Martial Arts For Dummies
by Jennifer Lawler
Wiley, 2011

I had found setting personal bests motivated me in 2015 when I started powerlifting.

“The Laid Back Guide To Intermittent Fasting: How I Lost Over 80 Pounds and Kept It Off Eating Whatever I Wanted” by Kayla Cox
from The Laid Back Guide To Intermittent Fasting: How I Lost Over 80 Pounds and Kept It Off Eating Whatever I Wanted
by Kayla Cox
Kayla Cox, 2018

For youngsters who show an interest, I’d recommend starting a weight training program at about age 12 with very light loads that focuses on developing and refining the techniques of common strength exercises.

“The Triathlete's Training Bible: The World’s Most Comprehensive Training Guide, 4th Ed.” by Joe Friel
from The Triathlete’s Training Bible: The World’s Most Comprehensive Training Guide, 4th Ed.
by Joe Friel
VeloPress, 2016

I started with some basics like bench presses and machines rather than free weights.

“Beneath the Surface: My Story” by Michael Phelps, Brian Cazeneuve, Bob Costas
from Beneath the Surface: My Story
by Michael Phelps, Brian Cazeneuve, Bob Costas
Sports Publishing, 2016

Through working with personal trainers, I learn new approaches and apply them whenever they seem to make sense and fit into my current program.

“Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness” by Robert Cheeke
from Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness
by Robert Cheeke
Book Publishing Company, 2011

Go to the university weight room and ask for help in setting up a program that meets your needs.

“Physical Fitness and Wellness: Changing the Way You Look, Feel, and Perform” by Jerrold S. Greenberg, George B. Dintiman, Barbee Myers Oakes
from Physical Fitness and Wellness: Changing the Way You Look, Feel, and Perform
by Jerrold S. Greenberg, George B. Dintiman, Barbee Myers Oakes
Human Kinetics, 2004

I also detailed my old powerlifting program and gave a bit of coaching advice.

“The Art of Scrum: How Scrum Masters Bind Dev Teams and Unleash Agility” by Dave McKenna
from The Art of Scrum: How Scrum Masters Bind Dev Teams and Unleash Agility
by Dave McKenna
Apress, 2016

Begin by placing your forearms on the pads of a pec deck machine.

“Sculpting Her Body Perfect” by Brad Schoenfeld
from Sculpting Her Body Perfect
by Brad Schoenfeld
Human Kinetics, 2008

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  • Get a backpack. I know the trend right now is for men to be so confident that they use a fanny pack. It’s what men used to do when pink was popular back in the day. But it looks stupid. You are better than that. The reason I do t wear a dress is not because I’m afraid of what people think. Fuck em. The reason is that my body makes a dress look stupid.

  • I’m like really weak and I’m starting powerlifting in high school but I can barely do push-ups and probably bench press like 150lbs

  • I go to la fitness and they the chillest I’ve been to powerlifting gyms and it’s no different except powerlifting games have more equipment but the type of people are the same

  • Love your comment/advice “We are in there for life!” for when things aren’t going to plan in the gym. Great positive way of looking at it! Gonna keep that in mind for sure

  • Meg what are some good briefs to get for a newb? I’ve been lifting since 2007 and have been training powerlifting style for a year now. I’ve decided to go for a meet next April/May. Any recommendations? Thanks!!!

  • Really legit answers! You so gorgeous! o.O
    Loved this video. Thanks for sharing the website, just saw that they have a UK section too, WOOP!

  • So you mentioned in one of your answers to a question that you plan to be in the gym for a very long time, as long as its still fun. Recently I’ve really lost my gym motivation. I don’t have fun while I’m there & honestly I’ve just been forcing it on myself. I’m training for powerlifting btw. Do you think that maybe powerlifting just isn’t for me? If you found yourself all of a sudden just hating it, would you quit?

  • Hey I’m kinda new into bodybuilding and I love your videos and how you apply science to them. Your sneakers are really cool, please tell me the name of the model!!!!

  • Good Luck on the power lift meet! And remember to Train Untamed! or not:) Nice man bag Mike… I wonder if those are really making a come back.

  • Do a calab with me! Lol my channel is small but I’m trying sister! I’m getting into power lifting now so ty for the advice! I’m a mom of 5 so I wanna show my kids that strength is physical, mental and emotional!!! Xoxo!

  • So I’ve been “power lifting” for a few weeks now, and I’m doing it to lose fat. I do 10 minutes of cardio before and after my workout and I eat about 1500-1800 calories a day. I am filled to the brim with estrogen I store my fat in my bum and my boobs and I store it VERY easily, I doubt I’ll be able to gain muscle any time soon, will I be able to lose fat if I’m only lifting light weights? When I say “light” I mean I lift stuff that is only heavy to me…For example I’ll lift 50 pounds and I look and act like my boyfriend who is lifting 600.

  • Hey,

    Super Video.

    What other hints have you got?

    Right now i’m looking at other good tip videos

    Thanks again

    https://youtu.be/kwW2zAiR-Ew

  • Yo Brendan. I need your help (please). I’m looking for a programme to be strong and jacked like you (kinda srs).
    For real though. I wanna run a new programme. Id say focus on str and size is 50/50 good thing they go hand in hand.
    Ive been through many programs. Ppl, Wendler, conjugate, Candito, etc.
    Im 194 cm 91 kg. BF definately around 10%.
    Squat 1rm 170
    Bench 135
    Dead 180
    (Old 1rms, a lil weaker atm due to irl)..
    Been lifting 7 years (weak). Been thinking about running candito 6 wk str again, i just hate that 2/5 of the weeks are 2-3 days a week + low volume. I love lifting.

    Can you recommend a program suited for my goals/current strength?

    Last program I ran was up/low but with no periodization, so boring, id like percentages/variation in cycle etc, u get me.

    Im a physio/personal trainer if that should matter.

    Tysm. / A long time sub.

  • All these horny goofys drooling over his girl I’m just here tryna learn about powerlifting taking notes from different videos and articles ��.

  • I’d rather stretch nothing, role nothing, and warm up/stretch by doing the lifts themselves aka the most specific movement prep there is. Unless my sciatic nerve is cut, my glutes are firing just fine
    On the surface it looks like he’s strong (not gonna deny those numbers) and knows some stuff, but what are his actual qualifications competition, experience, education?

  • How much time do you need for activation and stretching before lifting? 20mins?

    Also, how much cardio? was that HIIT 30secs rest 90seconds cardio 10 rounds?

  • I have been training generally bodybuilding style for the past year and have recently switched my focus to powerlifting, i have lined up a coach and my programming and 1on1 sessions are starting october 6th after my soccer has finished. My lifts atm are 170kg squat, 170kg deadlift and a 105kg bench at 79kg bodyweight and ive just turned 16, what can i expect my lifts to be by the time my first competition comes around in march? I understand i cant expect big jumps, even though i will primarily be focusing on proper strength programming.

  • Such an inspiration man. I am beginning this PL journey this year. I think in a 6 months once I get things down even more I will come to you or Kristen for coaching!

  • tried a single leg stability ball lying hamstring curl with maintained glute activation? (essentially like the GHR) just as an idea if the GHR wasn’t working out

  • Tip for next time. Level your audio out.
    The music breaks my eardrums, but then when you start commentating ir sounds like me when I was 13 years old doing a presentation.

  • People have no idea how much info gets dropped here. The title can’t cover all the little tips and tricks you give in every video. Still the only channel I follow completely.

  • I want to try powerlifting just trying to get as much info as possible before starting and working on my form with just the bar. When you lift do you typically do all 3 lifts in one session? and how many times a week? Thanks for this video!!

  • Hi Brendan, I’m quite new to the powerlifting crowd (after a more bodybuilding oriented style of training for a umber of years). I’ve been wondering if there’s any positive/negative to switching up accessory movements quite often (conjugate style), could you answer this? Or do you have a video on this already? Cheers!:)

  • Tim Tams are Australian! When I lived there, my friends taught me to bite off a small nibble of each end and use it as a milk straw, then eat the milky Tim Tam and repeat:D

  • Check out symmetricstrength.com lots of cool calculators and there’s one that has your ideal body weight to be most competitive at different sports! PS you are my fave youtuber and I’ve recommended you to SO many people. Keep doing you <3

  • How does this workout come into play for lifters who are in the more intermediate category of lifting? I’ve never really followed a specific program.. just dabbled with powerlifting (not very seriously however) back in the day and have been bodybuilding on and off for a few years. Does this program work for me?

  • I power lifted for a while but had to stop. I want to start again but I want to strengthen my knees, shoulders, and elbows. Do you have any tips on what I could do?

  • Just got into powerlifting at 55 years old. Inspired by going to a competition to watch my son lift. Met a 74 year old still competing. So inspired by him, my son and watching your YouTube vids. Thanks. Keep up the good work. John

  • Hey Meg! I have a question for you. I’m 31 years of age, 270 lbs of fairly in shape mass (haha) am i too old to actually start powerlifting? I would love to start and be serious in these areas. What’s your advice?

  • Please make more videos. This is the best beginner channel. All these channels have such experienced people makes it seem like I will never reach that level. Thank you for being relatable ��

  • Me: ill just start to powerlift to tone up my stomach, i dont want muscles.
    Me after looking up how to powerlift: HOLY FUCC THEIR SWOLE

  • yay you answered my questions!! I have never even thought about strong man/woman competitions i definitely plan on looking into it.

  • I have no clue how to lift in a scientific / disciplined manner. Or rather, I can’t stand it I guess. It doesn’t feel satisfying unless I exhaust my system, which isn’t good, because I’m getting older and un-enhanced.

    Just recently came off a shoulder “injury” of sorts that caused me pain holding the squat bar on my back, and so I guess I got back into squatting too fast. Did something to my kneed. Hoping it’s not a meniscus tear, but essentially my mobility is limited and there’s crunching and moments of quick dull pain if I move the knee certain ways. Thinking it actually wasn’t the squatting that did it, but rather I tried stretching my quads mid workout when they were experiencing a full pump. Not sure what prompted that. Maybe I figured I’d loosen them up or something. Totally stupid and I felt something immediately.

    Deadlift has been the opposite; progressing back to my previous strength and then some rather quickly, though not sure how this knee thing is going to affect me, but thinking I should hold off even on deadlifting in case there’s a risk of injuring whatever is wrong with my knee further.

  • Nice informative tips! Good orientation for beginners. I started powerlifting after building hypertrophy for 10 years and now i have no problem lifting twice my bodyweight in basic lifts

  • Saw the 375 pull on the Maxx collab. Looked very strong & clean. Definitely confident you’ll hit 405 in the near future. Your body composition is looking leaner & strong strong my friend. much respect. By the way RDL helping my lock out, thanks.

  • I’m 47 and 5’4. I’m 30lbs overweight and out of shape. I’ve always have been pretty strong. Do you think I’m too old to start? Or should I prep myself in something else before getting into PL?

  • Hi, I’ve a few questions. Some folks have recommended powerlifting to me, as I wish to grow stronger, not bigger. They also mentioned, that, for my goal, I should just eat at caloric maintenance. But, for this goal, what is the ideal macro balance, if any? And, if you’re a beginner, what are good weights, in terms of pounds lifted? And, if this is unanswerable (because of personal subjectivity), how do I gauge, what would be good for me?

  • This was super helpful!! I’ve getting into powerlifting for a couple of months now, do you have any tips on what I can eat before a training sesh cause I do tend to feel fatigue half way through my workout

  • QUESTION. Does the bar weight/thickness differ for females and males in Powerlifting Competitions? If so, how much does the bar weigh for females in official powerlifting competitions? Thank you!

  • This girl is a dumb twat. Now look at Canada and the trouble Trudeau is in for his corruption. I don’t see that happening to Trump.

  • Hey, Great video, videos like this are great to help more people get into the sport and really get some confidence behind them! I left a sub to support you!

  • Great vid as always. Really useful and informative to someone just starting out at 43. Your wide angle lens was a great purchase. The music, not so much.

  • For about 14 weeks, I’ve been doing more hypertrophy training than before. (I’ve technically “lifted” for years, but only very casually for health.) I’ve been thinking of switching to a more powerlifting style gym & near me (I love the 3 main lifts, and focusing on strength) before I have to pay for next month at my local YMCA. I’m a bit stressed over it, as it seems more intimidating there, but I know it’s just my anxiety! So watching this is very helpful, thank you.

  • I do 18 sets of bench either 3 or 4 reps divided on two days back to back. Thats enough to not having to bench for the next 8 days. Gives some very nice results at least for me.

  • Thanks for posting. Really good info. I remember reading years ago about Rick Weil (who once held a world record) writing an article that he only worked each muscle group once a week. Any thoughts on that? Thanks again.

  • thanks man! how is it with full body work out? if i got 3x to the gym and i do Squatt/Bench/deadlift. (+in the end some crunches Dips and pulll ups) is that a good plan? i come more from just lifting (5x5rep, 4x8rep, 5x10rep) is what i did till now.. i plan on slowly go down on reps, but up in sets.

  • How could i add cardio to this program, should i do it daily for 20 mins? Do it on training days so i have a full rest day? What kind?

  • I know these are some old vlogs but I really enjoy the content. It helps me out in school. Masters in Strength and conditioning/exercise science

  • Mike Im 6’3 got long legs&arms with a short torso. Having problem with DL stance if I should go conventional or sumo. Get lowerback pain with coventional feels like the hips get up 2 fast. Got any tip for stance? Peace Mike from Sweden

  • So is it like Dead and squat on Monday, Bench on Tuesday and Wednesday off then,Squat on Thursday,Bench on Friday,Dead on Saturday and finally rest on Sunday. Also include the auxiliary lifts to my regimen as well.Is it right???????????? Can anyone help me out here????? Plssss????????

  • Inb4 every guy talks about what we all know they’re gonna comment on. Srs. Nearest powerlifting gym is at least 45 minutes away from me. Fuuuccckkk

  • Just saw you on maxx chewning’s channel subscribed based on the fact that you’re strong as hell! Great video btw was looking into how to get into power lifting but was still unsure because I start college in 3 weeks don’t know if I could juggle both lifestyles what do you recommend?

  • Just want to say thank you for your video triceps push downs. Since I started doing them with a very slow eccentric, elbows have been almost 100% pain free. I had read about it for knee pain but thank you. You need to sell out fast before it’s too late and become an influencer ��

  • Hi very interested in starting to powerlift but I have no idea where to begin with the actual workout splits and what exercises to put together. I’ve been training bodybuilding style for about 2 years now but I’m unsure about the split and how the actual routine would go about. I know how to deadlift bench and squat but how is the training different than bodybuilding style of training

  • Jeff Please give me more details on your programming for example Bench on Upper Day 1 3 x 6 reps, Upper Day 2 4 x 3 reps? What are percentages, is this ramped sets, and how do you know when to increase the weight for next week?

  • I don’t know how to start off in powerlifting. I’m 14 and I weight 156 and I have been working out with bench and deadlifts and squats and back for 7 to 8 months. I am really wanting to know what I need to eat and how to gain more muscle but less fat. I workout 5 days a week and rest on weekends. I see improvements in my strength but I thing I could do better with what I eat because I don’t know if I should eat more protein then I am now or what. If there is a video to something like this please link it for me

    Edit: I do workout arms and everything to, I do heavy weight week and I do a light weight week.

  • I have to lose alot of weight but I HATE cardio so much. I want to do mostly weightlifting and specially focus on powerlifting. Can I still lose weight or does it go suuuuper slow without cardio?

  • Would recommend the Lying TRX Hamstring curl for a knee-flexion based hamstring movement. This will minimize lumbar extension by placing you in a hip extended position throughout the movement. Killer hamstring exercise when executed properly.

  • You’re such a cool chick. I showed my mom some of your videos so she could understand why I want to get into powerlifting and she totally approved. Thanks for making this channel! Keep being awesome.

  • One of my recent goals is to improve all of my lifts, especially my squat! I’ve recently started doing my own research and taking my training a lot more serious (���� because this important too…logging, filming my lifts and being intentional with my accessory work)! ��Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

  • Thanks for the tips on how to find powerlifting gyms. There was one in my town that I didn’t know even existed. Getting tired of the commercial gym aspect.

  • Actually 1-5 rep range ( heavy weight) work wonder for hyperthrophy too because our body will adapt with the resistance by growing muscles

  • I’m a powerlifter but I do full body work outs 3-4 times a week and my wrist hurts but it’s just sprained so I wear wrist wraps for my 225 bench or anything with wrist and arms

  • Man I’m doing 4x a weak I do bench/squats/smith rack/deadlift is this a okey workout I do my chest, quads, shoulder, and the deadlift

  • Powerlifter is a fat want to be bodyduilder  that will eventually be injured. Crossshit equals injury.Pretty face but not to bright. unsubscribe

  • Hey man I am 5 foot 7 185 pounds in 10th grade I am a linemen but I really want to be a running back what diet or workout should I do daily

  • Hey Jeff, on the upper day I am doing 3×6 bench, so do I just add other exercises that focus on chest that I can fit in during my gym session?

  • I liked this video, Q&A vids are always nice and i enjoy when people do them. I like your channel because you are real. You don’t try to present a false image of yourself. Also i’m impressed with your work ethic, you are strong. Thank you for taking time out of your day to make videos for us to watch. Also you look great in this vid.

  • Funniest thing happened to me last weekend on my first powerlifting meet. I competed in Vienna/ Austria and met another strong strong friend there who wore a strong strong supply shirt. She also competed the 1st time. I wore the deadliftsocks of yours. We saw each other and I said: “hey you’re a strong strong friend too!” and we chitty chatted a little. This was such a cool experience.

  • Hi… I’m 13 and 5’10. I am starting powerlifting at my middle school in 2 days. I don’t really do anything athletic. I’m really excited and also really scared. Do you have anymore advice for me. Btw I just stumbled across you and I love your content. ��

  • Great video! You covered all the main points very well and helped me understand the sport a lot more. I’m 17 and have been going to the gym for around 6 months. To start off with I was just performing the regular body building exercise in my sessions. But this looks to be what I was really looking for so thank you for helping me gain knowledge going into it! Could you give me some advice on what shoes to wear? I heard that Chuck Taylor’s are great for the deadlift due to having a flat sole. As well as a shoe with a raised sole for squats, such as the squatting shoes. Other than that, that’s all I know when it comes to what shoes to wear.

  • PLEEAAASE do more videos explaining powerlifting and tips! I’m getting into the sport and plan on competing but I need the extra tips!��

  • Crunch is a really good gym for both people just getting into power lifting and people who have been doing it for a while and it’s a cheaper option

  • Hey,

    Super Video.

    What other hints have you got?

    Right now i’m looking at other good tip videos

    Thanks again

    https://youtu.be/kwW2zAiR-Ew

  • YOOO Prime fam! Thanks for watching! I’ll be doing videos like this regularly with some in depth tips and knowledge while I vlog my journey to this meet! You’ll notice some quite enhanced editing again! Have no fear, even with this change the channel will always remain an informative channel FIRST! I just want to make the content more digestible to grow the channel!

    In other news this weekend I’ll be starting the first recording of a podcast! Hoping to have it up and ready within 2 weeks tops!! Long form content coming!! More videos coming as well on accessory work programming, the front squat, deadlift set up and more! Stay tuned Prime fam!

  • Love your channel!! Can you please recommend more powerlifters to follow, as I am just getting into it and looking for lots of motivation and advice:)

  • Thanks, I found your video for begginers more detailed and relative than what the guys make:) I am interested in why we need a belt? Or knee sleeves? And would be nice to see the three powerlifting moves with details of the techniques.

  • Anyone has elbow pain that last more than a month? Like every time I extend my arm then it starts to hurt and tight in my elbow, tried stretching and massaging it didn’t really help:(

  • Your advice is great and I love that you’re helping to make powerlifting approachable to anyone. I 100% agree, when done correctly it is so good our bodies. One very small, but important change in how you describe sumo setup, instead of saying to put your chest over the bar (which is true for a lot of people) I’d tell someone to keep their shoulders directly above the bar as they sit back, so the bar and shoulders are always in a straight line. Some people with long legs and great hip mobility can keep their torso almost perfectly vertical when pulling sumo, meaning their chest never needs to go past the bar. Check out my buddy Drew as an example:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BrRJ0Xsgflk/?igshid=1fx49b5yw5xt2

    Keep training and spreading the good word!

  • Enjoy Canada! Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry! Please feel free to stay there! Oh yeah, take your friends and family with you!!! ����

  • i really enjoy the Q&A’s. also, i don’t know if you pay attention to past posts but i’m going backwards because two vids a week?? i’m too addicted for that.

  • Can you compete in only a single lift or is it the three? I have bad back injuries that would probably stop me from ever lifting very heavy on squat or deadlift. But I have always loved benching.

  • I used to play lots of sports in school. Near the end of high school some mental health issues kicked in and I’ve been taking all my time getting that under control. Now I’m 23 (24 in a few days) and ready to get fit & active again. Your videos have been really inspiring to me in the past few days since I’ve found your channel & I’m really motivated to get back into weight lifting. I can afford a monthly gym membership but I probably won’t be able to afford a coach so the one thing I’m worried about is developing a training plan for myself do you have any resources or suggestions for that?

  • I am lucky enough to have found a crossfit box that has a barbell club run by someone who lifts with RPS and WNPF. They only train 2 days a week, but his programming is killer with a focus on band work and having us do deficits or plate/rack pulls on DL days. Unfortunately there is not a huge emphasis on bench, but another woman at my gym is a long time powerlifter, and she has helped me out in that area AND open gym is great for focusing on PLing. So while crossfit gyms aren’t technically PL gyms, if you find the right one, it can definitely help with training.

    The one negative thing about CF gyms is that they typically focus on high bar squats-which are more beneficial for oly lifters. Soo I had the barbell coach help me with low bar and I watched Alan Thrall for extra assistance.

  • Great video! I just found your channel and I am in love with it. I use to do powerlifting in high school and just moved away from the sport and played tennis competitively. I am looking to get back into powerlifting but I’ve been a little nervous with my knees since I tore my ACL in one leg and both sides of my meniscus on the other but I’m slowly working back into it. Thanks for all the info

  • Would you recommend lifting shoes? I watched a video where someone suggested shoes for squats and different shoes for deadlifts. I get confused. Thanks for the video!

  • Can you give a video about how not to just binge eat everything you buy? E.g when I buy a pack of chocolates for consumption over the week, I end up eating all of it in one day because of my hunger caused by my deficit

  • Please keep the political comments off the vids. This is about fitness, don’t care about political leanings. Really do like your videos Jeff!

  • dang girl, i hope one day i can score a strong strong girlFRIEND as pretty as you are:P, in all seriousness tho great video meg!

  • I recently did a deadlift competition and lifted 420lbs with ease. I’m in a higher weight class but I don’t really watch my weight much and started lifting for fun. I was told I should look at possibly competing. I’m 200 lbs and without training and just trying to figure things out, here are my numbers: deadlift 420, squat 375, and bench (worst form) 170. I’ve done 2 strongman competitions as well and will do my first powerlifting comp in March. Do you have any suggestions?

  • I did powerlifting last season just because I’m strong, and I didn’t do so well. I was hoping that technique training for powerlifting specifically might help a lot more, thank you so much!

    Edit: I do sumo also but it makes me cry because I have really strained and inflamed psoas muscles

  • Just want to say that you are such an inspiration to me. I started working out in March of this year and only over the past couple of months have started to become really passionate and serious about lifting. A good friend linked me to your road to 300 squat video and it brought me to tears. I could relate to the emotion I saw on your face when you finally reached that next goal. You are an awesome lady! Keep it up!

  • Hey Megan! Do you incorporate any raw deadlifts and squats? (No weight belt or knee wraps) Most of the videos I’ve seen you’re always wearing a belt unless training upper body. I’m asking because I have heard and believe that relying on a belt too often can weaken your core stabilizer muscles over time, as your body becomes accustomed to wearing one when performing lifts, your core shuts off. This may be why you have trouble engaging your lats? I remember you saying. Of course you will not be able to lift as heavy, as that is the goal of competitive powerlifting, but strengthening the core should be just as important. What are your thoughts on this? Have you heard this before?

  • I’m on my 3rd week of power lifting. Mostly deadlift pyramids and some dumb bell stuff until I buy a couple more things I’d need. I had no idea how hungry you get from doing this if you stick to it. I need to eat every few hours or I get headaches and get really irritable

  • Dat answer about Nikki B:DDD come at me bro:D Megan, you’re so much cooler than nikki, all her subs are from her bf. And nikki is not so honest truthfull and funny like you. You’re talking for real, acting real and showing your heart, Not your butt in every vid like she. So, keep up, be strong and show how woman can be strong!
    Ps.: you’re hot.

  • Sooooooo thissssssss!!! Yoooooooou!!! So happy to find a video with good information and your not trying to be extra about it and you’re being your true self. Not trying to sell yourself! I love this! Other videos I have watches so far the girl is trying to look hella cute and being all extra about it. We are women looking for information not coming here to see how cute you are! I love it! Thank you!

  • such a shame most gyms don’t have decent squat racks or allow deadlifting and using chalk and shizznit. I’m not saying all gyms should promote powerlifting, but encouraging people to squat and pick stuff up efficiently would certainly be a step in the right direction.

  • Is 7-10 sets a little too much for beginners at such a low rep range? Genuine question, I don’t know, it just sounds really hard to me

  • Hey Megan, is it possible for you to share your daily diet in a video or something specially focused on powerlifting? I am a newbie bodybuilder but I want to make a shift to powerlifting and continue that for couple of years. Please do a video on powerlifting diet. Thank You.

  • How far away should we get from competition specific singles (@[email protected]) when there is no meet in sight? For instance doing sets of 10, 8, 6 on bench or squats with no top singles? do you think this is a good idea? Also I know “it depends” but given the little context I’ love to hear your thoughts on it. Thanks for all the great content and good luck at the meet!

  • Did you guys move to Canada yet? One thing you should keep in mind Jeff is that some of your subscribers voted for Trump. Now you have one less, not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but I wont promote your channel anymore. Good luck, ey’.

  • The more I watch the more confused I am about powerlifting. So each one of the big 3s is done on a separate day or all on the same day?

  • The LA fitness I go to is awesome. For some reason there is a good amount of powerlifters and no problem with staff when we deadlift heavy. They encourage it

  • Great video, I am (resistance) training over 27years focusing on hypertrophy, only the last years more and more focusing on strength, since I need to become stronger in order to see any more progress.