Video for Gymchat 229 - How to Prepare for a Powerlifting Competition (Ben McLaughlin)

Time to get ready.

Thanks again to everyone who watched and sent in questions for the discussion Gymchat 229 - How to Prepare for a Powerlifting Competition [with Powerlifter Ben McLaughlin and Personal Trainer Josh Hewett] - much appreciated. If you haven't seen it yet (or simply want to go over a particular point again), here's the entire video.

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It was a great discussion. Josh and Ben discussed Ben's training background and how he got started in Powerlifting, a basic definition of Powerlifting, RAW vs Geared meets, watching other meets before entering one, knowing the commands (and using them in training), holding the pause, the basic rules for lifts in meets, duration of meets and what to expect regarding actual time with the weights, Ben's weight class and lifts in last meet, lifting strategy, training with experienced athletes, finding training partners, training on the 'right' equipment, Ben's own training approach, accessory equipment to take to the meet (shoes, knee sleeves etc), food for during the meet, a specific weight vs 'whatever weight you are'; and a whole lot more. If you're ready to find out what Powerlifting's all about, make sure you watch this one.

Coming Up : we announce details of the upcoming discussions each week in the Strength & Fitness Newsletter. If you haven't yet, swing by the Strength Kit page and add your name to the list.

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NB : This is the last Gymchat for 2013. We'll be taking a couple of weeks off; beginning again in early 2014. Full details shortly.

If you'd like to suggest a future topic or take part in one of the upcoming Gymchats, just drop Josh a line. We'd love to hear from you.

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Gymchat 229 - How to Prepare for a Powerlifting Competition (Ben McLaughlin).Ben McLaughlin.Powerlifting. Love it. If you're about to compete - whether you're new to the training world or just beginning the journey - how do you prepare? What should you expect, how early do you need to start training specifically for the meet, and what should you be doing? Taking us through the entire process is Powerlifter Ben McLaughlin, joined by Personal Trainer Josh Hewett. If you've got questions/comments for Ben or Josh, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat (during the discussion itself). Details below. Details - Who : Powerlifter Ben McLaughlin and Josh Hewett Topic : How to Prepare for a Powerlifting Competition When : Wednesday Dec 18, 8pm EDT (the Event page shows what time that is in your local timezone) How : Watch the live stream, and ask questions, directly on the Event page. We'll also post the full video shortly after the Gymchat. See you there.

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