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Lower back pain is something that generally hits us all, whether it be soreness, aching or sharp pain. Generally people assume that they have a weak lower back. However that’s not always the case. It’s likely the opposite.

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Enjoying the process to me is all about learning something from a previous experience. It could be a new cue that you’re implementing in a squat. Finding what works for you, acknowledging it and doing more of it to help you overall in your training. Don’t get so caught up in the weight that you miss these vital improvements in efficiency that came from doing something slightly differently.

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We all know that feeling, when you’re peaking for a comp and your joints from head to toe just feel like they’ve had a beating- sore elbows, knees, shoulders. More than likely these sore joints are causing your body to compensate elsewhere and create other issues. All of the physical stress adds to the mental stress that comes when peaking for comp.

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Many people take offseason training a whole lot more lightheartedly than when they are competing or prepping for a comp. Time spent completing mobility is reduced, training sessions may be rushed, sets or exercises may be missed and focus on important cues is generally reduced. This tends to happen as the pressure is off due to no comps coming up in the near future, or it’s seen as a time where you take it easy.

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Did you ever look over at someone using a band at the start of a workout and ask yourself, why on earth are they using a little band to get their muscles working before a workout? You wouldn’t think that such a small resistance could get you ready for exercise right? You might be surprised (when used correctly) how and why bands are effective at getting your muscles and mind ready for the exercises you are completing in the session. You have to think about how to effectively activate muscles, what’s actually happening when you activate on the physical/ mental...

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