When asking for advice on how to bring up my numbers on the big three: bench, squat and deadlift… I get the most popular answer… “consistency” meaning unchanging and stay the same. Yup, that means you can’t stop. Gotta keep going. No breaks. No long time off ’cause that’s not gonna give you more gains. You gotta keep going… week after week, year after year. Yeah, the gym may be getting sick of you in there all the time but you gotta do what you gotta do to get those big gains.
So if I want to one day lift the huge numbers on the big three… like say smash a 700 lb. deadlift or be able to lift over 400 lbs. on bench and squat… I can get there with consistency. That’s really the key to getting strong in powerlifting.
If you want to get muscular and big in bodybuilding, you need to stay “consistent” with that too. Never giving up and not stopping. Staying dedicated and you will get somewhere.
There are people out there who don’t really take me seriously as “powerlifter” since I’m only lifting between 100 lbs. – 300 lbs. on the big three but hey, I’m new to this “powerlifting” thing as I have only been into it for a few years now. Started powerlifting in 2018. I may be in a small start but give me a few more years and maybe people will start calling me an actual “powerlifter”??? Real soon.
I’m a 43 year old man and I’m real late getting into powerlifting. I always saw myself as a bodybuilder type of lifter but got into powerlifting real late. Some may say I’m too old to be powerlifting but age is just a number. At powerlifting meets, I see a lot of middle aged men from 50 and above. There are even men who are 70 years old powerlifting and lifting the big ones. If you want to get into powerlifting, do it… no matter the age.
One day I will be able to deadlift over 500 lbs. and trust me, I will get there one day. There are really no magic tricks to getting big gains… consistency is the only trick, I guess.
Gotta be like the Energizer bunny, ya know? Keep going and going and going and going and going and going… ya get the deal. That’s why I can’t give this up. Before the pandemic, I kept going to the gym week after week.
It seems I haven’t lost gains at all during 4 or 5 month time off which is kind of interesting really. If you don’t workout, you will lose gains but not right away. I guess it takes a long time to actually lose muscle.