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Video for Gymchat 229 – How to Prepare for a Powerlifting Competition (Ben McLaughlin)
Written By Scott Bird

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.


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.
And if you’ve missed any of the previous discussions, no problem. Full list here.
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.

Over to you. Drop us a line on Twitter ( @scottbird ), or add a comment below.

Cheers.

 

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