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To get more strength in powerlifting, gotta mix it up with hypertrophy style training too… big muscle also gets big strength…

I look at powerlifting forums and debates online and most powerlifters believe you only gotta focus on heavy sets and few reps to get more strength. That’s what most of them told me in that Tnation forum during that heated debate. I agree and somewhat disagree. It’s important to do a lot of heavy sets and few reps, but you don’t want to train like that all the time. If you train like that all the time, week after week on a non-stop basis you could drain your body out. It could really fry out your cns (central nervous system) and training super-heavy all the time is also asking for injury too. Many powerlifters will never admit that they get injuries from training heavy all the time but they do.

How can you tell when your CNS is fried? Here’s a good little article about CNS when it comes to strength training:

http://www.warriorsciences.com/central-nervous-system-fatigue.html#.XMDP-ehKiUk

It’s not good to be lifting heavy in the gym all the time. It’s good to pick some light days too.

In the gym, I’m going to do another week of strength training and then the week after that, I will do nothing but hypertrophy style training on the big three for a long while.

To get more strength, many powerlifters just like to lift heavy all the time during their off-season training. Not me, though. There’s gotta be days where I got to lift lighter sets and high rep sets and I’m going to be doing that a lot more. To get super human strength and if you want to get the bigger PR’s, you gotta mix hypertrophy and strength training together. You gotta build muscle and size too ’cause that helps get you strength gains.

On my other exercises other than the big three, I train hypertrophy style on everything else but I know I’m getting stronger with all of my lifts. An example of this, on my bicep curls with dumbbells, I’m starting to do 40 lb. dumbbells for 8 – 10 reps for each set and I’ve never done that in the past. 25 lb. – 30 lb. dumbbells used to feel heavy for me but not anymore. Yeah, powerlifters will never admit that hypertrophy lifting will give you more strength too but it really works.

Sometimes you gotta leave your ego at the door and do some lighter lifting, ya know? Soon, I’m going to experiment with hypertrophy style training on squat, bench and deadlift later this Spring to see how that works. I’ll have to pick light days and heavy days which I will do from now on. In the past, I used to start off light and go heavier every set on the big three but I’m going to do things differently like train hypertrophy and strength training separately.

I will continue to train for heavy sets and few reps on squats and deadlift this week. I will continue to train like that for the big three next week. The week after that, I will train hypertrophy for a long while. Don’t wanna beat your body up too much.

Kev

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Even though I train like a powerlifter now, I still haven’t given up bodybuilding, don’t worry… I do both!

Since I got into powerlifting, some of you may think that powerlifting will make me fat and lose my bodybuilding physique that I’ve worked so hard for. Not too worry. I haven’t given up bodybuilding training even though I’ve gotten into powerlifting. Both training styles are different and I continue to do both. Some people think it’s impossible to do both but yes, it is possible.

All powerlifting is it’s just strength training. In strength training, you just do heavy sets and few reps. That’s it. When I work on squats, bench and deadlift… I mostly concentrate on strength training on those. When powerlifters do their training splits, they only focus on the big three anyways and pretty much nothing else. They do a few assistance exercises but that’s about it. Powerlifters only work out like two or three days a week. They squat, bench and deadlift a couple of times a week but not me. I like to do the big three once a week to give some space to repair and recover, ya know? That’s how you get more strength in my opinion.

Everything else I do in the gym are all hypertrophy style training. Bodybuilding is hypertrophy style and powerlifting is strength training. Big difference between the two. I’m noticing that the more I squat, bench and deadlift each week, I’m getting stronger on the big three.

I’ve had my bench session earlier this morning and I was able to bench 135 lbs. for around 4 – 6 reps so I know I’m getting stronger on bench pretty quickly. My goal this year for bench is that I’m on the road to a 200 lb. pr. I’m hoping to hit 200 lbs. or over this year and I believe I can get there and I’m halfway there. I’m hoping to get a 200 lb. p.r in time before the push/pull meet at Albany Strength in August. I believe I can get there quickly the more I stay consistent with benching and I will.

In powerlifting, I don’t want to be a fat ass powerlifter at all so I gotta be careful with my nutrition. I don’t want to boost my calories ’cause that’s gonna bring up my bodyfat and I don’t want that so back to eating less it is. As a powerlifter, I still want to be able to have my bodybuilding physique still.

When you’re a powerlifter and bodybuilder at the same time, it’s actually a good thing ’cause hypertrophy training will still give you strength too. Big muscles will give you more strength so you got to continue hypertrophy style training. I want to be muscular and strong at the same time. In powerlifting, you can eat what you want but not me. I’m gonna keep my strict nutrition going. Big muscles is all part of strength training, remember that. That’s why I gotta continue bodybuilding too. I’m gonna try and continue to lose bodyfat even when powerlifting.

No more boosting my calorie intake ’cause I’m noticing it’s bringing my bodyfat up a little bit but not too bad. I’ll get rid of it, this summer. No more eating ice cream and Cliff Bars on the weekends ’cause that’s what I do for cheats. I’m going to eat a lot of vegetables and fruits. Do a lot of cardio this Spring/Summer.

If I want to pack on more pounds to move up a weight class in powerlifting, you do that with strength training not pigging out on food. I gotta be careful with that.

I’m gonna train hard this Spring/Summer for the upcoming push/pull meet. I’ll want all my powerlifting meets to be better than the last one, that’s how you want to do powerlifting. Doing powerlifting and bodybuilding both at the same time is a lot of work but it’s all worth it. I want to look big and massive and I can get there without getting fat ’cause that’s what I don’t want.

Kev

 

People who love deadlifting should watch this video…

Kind of an old video but I think this video by Steve Shaw is worth sharing.

People who love to deadlift in the gym wonder why their backs are always hurting. Well, I agree with everything this guy said in this video. If deadlifters wonder why their lower backs hurt all the time is: 1) Their form sucks 2) They max out every week. Either one of those two will hurt your lower back.

Deadlifting maybe the best workout in the gym and maybe a blast to do but deadlift carefully and responsibly ’cause many in the gym don’t. Everyday at my local gym, for the hell of it, I like to watch other people deadlift while I rest in between sets during my workouts. Well some people deadlift in good form but most deadlift horribly, it’s crazy, ya know? I see too many lifters deadlifting with rounded backs all the time. Some deadlift with their hips too damn low that it’s almost like a squat. People deadlift by standing too far from the bar and I can go on.

I try to make my deadlift form as perfect as possible. I made one mistake on deadlift that I’ve been maxing out every week which was why I took out my back at one point a long while back. The back pain wasn’t that serious and it went away in a few days. That gave me a pretty good lesson not to max out every week.  Plus, maybe my form was a little off when that happened.

When deadlifting, you can not only hurt your lower back, you can hurt yourself in other places on your body too. Deadlift can be a fun and simple exercise as long as you do it right. If you do perfect form on every rep, you won’t hurt yourself at all and you’ll be fine.

Deadlift is very good for the back and one of the best back exercises in the gym. Deadlift is not just a back exercise, though, it works out muscles throughout your entire body pretty much except for the chest.

There’s a reason that deadlift is the most popular exercise in the gym. It used to be that bench press was the king of all workouts but now it’s looking like that deadlift has taken over the bench press’s spotlight.

Kev

My powerlifting videos keeps getting positive feedback everywhere… I just gotta stop listening to the negativity and haters, ya know???

Powerlifting really is my calling. It’s what I was meant to to do and man, wished I discovered powerlifting years ago. Ya know something, when I first started bodybuilding 10 years ago, I actually experimented with both bench press and deadlift for a little bit but I stopped for a long while. Wished I never stopped benching and deadlifting ’cause I would have been great at both by now. I’m back to benching and deadlifting full time and it feels really good. Glad I’ve gotten into squats, benching and deadlifting ’cause I’m feeling stronger at all 3 the more I do it and I’m feeling big too.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was right that bench press is the best workout for the chest as my chest has gotten some major improvement ’cause of benching.

There are gonna be some critics and haters with my powerlifting yes but I gotta stop listening to them and I will. It seems that lots of other people like what I do. Each time I do a powerlifting meet, I get good feedback at my lifting.

Even if I missed the 300 lb. deadlift, people are still saying that it’s an impressive lift ’cause I could only get it up halfway. I would have gotten that 300 lb. deadlift… I think the problem was that I opened my first attempt a bit heavy. If I opened a lot lighter than 285 lbs., I definitely would have smashed that 300 easily. That’s why at powerlifting meets you need to open up real light so you can save some in the tank for your big 3rd attempt, ya know? This is why powerlifters miss a lot of lifts ’cause they open up too heavy and I don’t want to do that.

People may like what I do now but I’m just getting started. I’m going to really work my way up to the big lifts like lift anywhere from 300 lbs. – 500 lbs. on the big three but it’s gonna take some more time for me to get to the big ones. I’ll get there, though. Just gotta stay consistent and I will.

Some people may think that at a bodyweight that I’m at now would be impossible to lift 500 lbs. on the big three but it is possible. How? Really bone strength and muscular development is key to lifting the big ones. That is why a lot of skinny people are able to lift the big ones ’cause they have really strong bones.

I’m not gonna stay skinny for long ’cause I’m gonna do all I can to get bigger in size without getting fat. I’ve boosted my calorie intake ’cause that’ll help. I’m actually thinking about doing the bulking and cutting method which might actually be useful.

I really want to become a great powerlifter someday. I’ll never be the next Ed Coan but I would like to be a powerlifter where everybody would look up to and it’s already happening a little bit. Like I said, I’m just getting started and still have lots of work to do. Admittedly, I do want to win and kick ass on powerlifting meets. Someday, I’m gonna win the best “overall male lifter” award and that’s my goal that I want to achieve. It’s gonna take some more years to get there but I will. Trust me.

Kev

Busting another powerlifting myth I see out there… powerlifting isn’t a skinny man’s sport? lmao…

During that debate on the Tnation forum in the powerlifting section, some dude told me that I looked skinny which I’ll take as a compliment, btw. The dude told me I needed to add some weight on me and put on some muscle. I didn’t bother replying to that guy but in my head, I was saying to myself, “Dude, I’ve been lifting weights in the gym for over 10 years and I don’t look muscular enough to you?”.

I’ve had many people tell me in person that I’m getting bigger in bodybuilding training and lots of people have told me that I’m getting all jacked up. People tell me these things to my face instead of online. I get positive feedback on my physique all the time. Yes, I’m going to get some critics on my physique but that’s okay.

There’s a ridiculous myth going around that “Powerlifting isn’t a skinny man’s sport”. Some people think powerlifting is for “big men” only. That’s just another ridiculous lie going around.

After watching three powerlifting meets and watching a bunch of live powerlifting meets online, I’ve seen plenty of skinny men competing. You’ll see skinny guys lifting the big ones… anywhere from 400 – 600 lbs. It’s insane. You see powerlifting is for everyone in all shapes and sizes.

The days of fat asses and overweight powerlifters are over. Some people think powerlifting is for fat asses only but that’s how powerlifting was in the old days. Ya know, I think the fitness and bodybuilding community have picked up on powerlifting. There’s even a lot of bodybuilders who have picked up on powerlifting too. It’s not just for fat men.

I believe powerlifting have gone mainstream. Nobody cares about bodybuilding anymore. Bodybuilding is a dying industry and it seems that everybody have switched to powerlifting including me. It’s amazing to see really. Everywhere in America you’ll see more powerlifting meets even in your hometown. You can love or hate powerlifting all you want to but the sport is exploding in America. It’s getting bigger and bigger.

I’m glad to be on this powerlifting journey. I wished I discovered powerlifting years ago.

Kev

Actually I won’t do my max out week at the end of this month, I’ll do it at the end of May instead…

I was gonna max out and test my pr’s on the big three: squat, bench and deadlift at the end of this month but then I thought to myself: “Nah, I think it’s better that I do it at the end of next month in May”. That way I can have plenty of time to train for strength for a few hoping to bring my numbers up some more.

I’m noticing I really did lose a little bit of deadlift strength simply because I stopped heavy deadlifting 3 weeks before a powerlifting meet. I’ll never do that again. I want to spend a lot of weeks to try and get it back. I’m hoping to lift over 300 lbs. for more repetitions this Spring/Summer and I’m gonna do all I can to get there. I guess I’m on the road to a 400 lb. deadlift pr. and if I’m lucky enough, I could get there easily the more I keep at it.

At the end of May sounds like a good plan to max out on the three lifts to find out what my pr’s are. After that, I won’t max out for a long while until the push/pull meet in August.

The key to building more strength is “consistency”. There’s no other way around it really. You have to keep at it week after week on a consistent basis. You slack off from the gym, take a lot of time off, you’re gonna lose that hard work. Don’t wanna do that.

For a long while now, I’ve been keeping at it 4 days a week all year round… even through the fall and winter, I have managed to keep my 4 day a week at the gym going. That’s why my numbers on the big three lifts went up quickly and they will continue to go up this year.

At the push/pull meet in August, I’m hoping to win first place in my weight class. If not 2nd place would be cool too. I’m looking to really bring up my numbers big for my 4th powerlifting meet. Again, that’s what you want to do in powerlifting… you want your numbers to keep going up for every meet you do. You don’t want them going down or staying the same ’cause that would suck.

People might make fun of my numbers that I have currently for the big three but maybe they will no longer make fun of me when I do reach my goals. Keep proving the doubters and haters wrong. That’s the beauty of powerlifting, ya know?

Kev

During off-season powerlifting training, why I start off my sets “hypertrophy” style and then heavy sets/few reps later…

Some may think my training style in powerlifting maybe pretty questionable. In powerlifting training, I usually start off light for the first couple of sets and then the last few sets that’s when I do the heavy sets/few reps. There are a few reasons why I train this way.

  1. It’s important to start off your sets “hypertrophy” style so you can work on your form and practice your technique. That is always crucial. You jump into heavy sets/few reps right away, your form could be a mess.
  2. I like to mix hypertrophy style training so I can build muscle mass and strength mass at the same time ’cause I always believed that building muscle is a part of strength training. Building more muscle will give you strength too and it’s always important to train like a bodybuilder still. Know what I mean?

I’ll probably continue to mix hypertrophy and strength training together but from now on, I think I’m going to do things differently. Come up with a different training program. I think from now on, I’m going to do a couple weeks of straight heavy sets/few reps and then I’ll pick a week of hypertrophy/lighter days like a “deload” week or something on the big three lifts.

For example:

Week 1: Heavy days

Week 2: Heavy days

Week 3: Heavy days

Week 4: Hypertrophy style/deload week

I’ll go with something along like that and that sounds like a good plan to me ’cause I was told that it’s not good to lift heavy week after week. It’s good to pick a light week, ya know?

I wanna build muscle as well. Not just strength.

I never thought I would say this but I think I’m in need of a powerlifting coach. I really need one. I already have a few but they live all the way out in Albany and I only see them on the powerlifting meets. I would need to get a powerlifting coach who is more locally and I’m going to do my best to find someone. Get a powerlifting coach who has a lot of powerlifting experience and knows what he’s doing. My own powerlifting coach would help and hope I get lucky enough to find one. Maybe I’ll put out an ad in craigslist or something maybe that would help, lol. If I want to become a great powerlifter someday then a coach is needed.

Kev