Conditioning for Powerlifters
To gain size the muscles need to be loaded long enough. Of course, there are genetic freaks who can gain with sets of only 5 to 10 seconds duration, but they are the exception not the rule, and they don't even need to read this chapter anyway. Powerlifting champion Roger Estep comes to mind in this matter, he had a better physique than most Mr. America contestants, yet his preferred rep set scheme was multiple sets of one rep.
In those days, gyms were not so abundant and the Iron Game participants weightlifters, bodybuilders and powerlifters all trained together, so there was pressure for bodybuilders that have muscles to could produce strength. Powerlifters and Olympic lifters often put 40 to 50 lbs to their lifts without gaining a significant amount of weight, but if they were to get the same poundage increase for their best 6 reps performance, you can be sure they would be competing in the next weight class up.
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Competitive and recreational athletes use creatine monohydrate for its per-formance-enhancing, or ergogenic, properties. It's been shown in numerous studies to be beneficial in activities that are dependent on the anaerobic energy system, which includes such sports as powerlifting, sprinting, swimming and field events. Such sports typically involve high-intensity, short-duration movements with short rest breaks during training. The energy for them comes primarily from stored skeletal muscle ATP and ATP regenerated from phosphocreatine stores. Anaerobic glycolysis is another potential energy source, though its relatively slow rate of ATP production prevents it from contributing to short-duration activities that is, those of less than 30 seconds.
Powerlifting champion Fred Hatfield is a strong proponent of this system. So was Mike MacDonald, one of the most successful bench pressers of all time. Terry Todd related to me that he would test how he felt in the bench press muscles with just using a broomstick for resistance. If it felt odd he would take an extra day off, or whatever how many days offs he felt it would take to be stronger than the last workout.
In much the same way, you must organize your time in the gym efficiently so it gets you the specific results you want. You can't build muscle size by jogging. Similarly, you can't slenderize muscle by doing powerlifting routines. We have a limited amount of adaptive energies available to us at any time. Concentrate on the results you want, and do only what's necessary to get them.
Theoretically, if you start out with more glycogen you should be able to perform longer. A more common method of carbo-loading is explained next and would be most beneficial when an event is to last more than an hour. Carbo-loading would not be beneficial for shorter endurance efforts or sports involving only brief efforts (for example, power lifting, velodrome cycling, or most track and field events). However, intermittent sport athletes such as soccer, football, and field and ice hockey players might benefit however, the practice and game schedule would make carbo-loading unrealistic in some cases.
In 1966 I began directing my energies to powerlifting, thus becoming my own manager. This proved to be the perfect start for my career in bodybuilding. At the time I was living in Germany and working full-time in a factory while still maintaining the discipline of training regularly. It was at a gym in Munich that I met a young, unknown bodybuilder named Arnold Schwarzenegger. We became training partners and friends almost immediately, trying to beat each other in powerlifting events.
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