Olympic lifters below the 105kg weight range have awesome powerful and lean bodies - is this the same for powerlifters?
To reach full potential in power lifting, is it necessary to gain fat? Or, is it the same as olympic lifts?
Would love to get into powerlifting but i had a hard time getting lean
Thread: Can powerlifters stay lean?
04-10-2005, 07:36 AM #1
Can powerlifters stay lean?
04-10-2005, 07:40 AM #2
You could stay lean and powerlift. I don't know how easy it is going to be for you, b/c of body type and stuff. But mostly depends on your diet. Alot of the little guys are pretty lean. The rest of us just don't care much about it. lol At least I don't. I'd rather gain weight. Besides some extra bulk can help to stabilize the weight better, at least that's what I've read.5'4" 215lbs.
Bench Press: 250 (5/23/05)
Deadlift: 335 (5/26/05)
Squat: 285 (5/17/05)
RAW Total: 870lbs.
04-10-2005, 08:44 AM #3
Some people, called ecto-mesomorph, can gain strength without putting on too much bodyweight (let it be muscle or fat). But mesomorph and endo-mesomorph cannot. Either they gain strength and size together or starve themselves to sick and weak.
Pure ectomorph and endomorph don't have much talent in strength.Train heavy. Train smart.
04-10-2005, 10:16 AM #4
04-10-2005, 01:20 PM #5
Most powerlifters admit they eat junk food and lots of it. That is because they don't care about being fat.
Most guys use a combination of CNS training and hypertrophy. So they get bigger and stronger. But in order to increase muscle size you need to eat a lot and that generally leads to fat gain as well.
To increase strength without size you would train with low volume, more frequently with very little assistance exercises.
If you just mean fat gain, then that is 100% diet. Lifting heavy burns more calories than "cardio"."However, the strength of the hamstring muscles is crucial to fully exploit the strength potential of the quads and ultimately the vertical force that the athlete is able to impart to the barbell." - Andrew Charniga, Jr.
04-11-2005, 12:04 AM #6
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04-11-2005, 02:59 AM #7
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04-11-2005, 10:26 AM #9
Steriods are good if you have hypogonadism, and you need them to put you into a normal testosterone level. Any other way is drug abuse.6' 260lbs
Squat: 270 Kg(595 lbs)
Bench: 165 Kg(364 lbs)
Dead: 245 Kg(540 lbs)
Total: 680 Kg(1499 lbs)
300, 200, 300 for an 800kg total
Get back to 242lb class
04-11-2005, 10:52 AM #10
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04-11-2005, 06:26 PM #12
I think having a big gut helps on some of the lifts. For benching, the "thicker" you are, the lower your range of motion and higher the weight you can do. For squats, you're supposed to suck air into your stomach and tense it as much as you can to increase pressure and add stability to your lift, which can be helped by being fat. Also, being fat can give you some elastic rebound at the bottom, as your gut will be compressed as you reach parallel.
Think about it, having a large gut must help your lifts at least a little, because otherwise world-class lifters would have a regimented diet yielding very low bodyfat because they would have the advantage of not having to lift 100 extra pounds of fat during a squat or deadlift."There is no room for failure now. The innocent must die."
04-12-2005, 08:23 AM #13
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04-12-2005, 04:00 PM #15
Here are a couple of pics (albeit old ones) of Phil Harrington. He holds the all-time record in the 181 lb class with a 900 lbs squat.
By the way, I need to update his total as he has exceeded 2000 lbs in the 181 class.
Phil is strong AND ripped!
04-12-2005, 06:51 PM #16