A Place for the Powerlifts


When it comes to different training styles I believe that there is no right or wrong–there is just cause and effect.

If you sprint and do calisthenics most of the time, you’ll likely be very fast and good at push-ups, pull-ups, etc.

If you practice the olympic lifts 6 days per week, you’re going to be damn strong and explosive moving big weights.

If you train the powerlifts exclusively, you are going to be very good at moving big weights at normal speeds.

I could go on forever, pointing out the differences of these various training modalities, but it’s not really necessary. Instead I like to focus on big picture stuff; how does this (whatever training modality) fit into a well-rounded training program?

The powerlifts place a great deal of emphasis on absolute strength in 3 basic movements. The Squat, Bench, and Deadlift.

These are exercises I use in my training, my programming for the gym, and programming for my students all over the world. Execution of these lifts is crucial, as is the ability to find the best variation for your body type. In Ultimate Athleticism, I talk briefly about biofeedback training to help do just that.

She can actually squat way more than this, by the way. I seen it.

She can actually squat way more than this, by the way. I seen it.

This brings me into the purpose of this post today. On any given day I go through a couple hours of books, articles, podcasts, interviews, etc on topics ranging from training to business. This past week I was given an advanced copy of Unapologetically Powerful and to be honest I didn’t go into it thinking it would really be my style.

After reading it all the way through–here’s what I like:

-It’s simple and to the point (my style)

-The information is cohesive and it follows a logical order to help you learn the best.

-It has a very clear strategy for getting better.

-Dave wrote a hefty portion that goes over biofeedback, variations, and tactics to make each workout more effective. The economist in me loves him for this.

-There are a TON of very high quality, very well coached exercise videos on how to execute these movements.

To sum up it up, I believe that big lifts should be a part of a person’s program if they are looking to be strong and healthy. I generally lean toward things like the deadlift, but that is a learning curve, risk-reward, and preference thing. You must always be looking for something you love to do–so you’ll actually do it. One big lift (like a powerlift or olympic lift) per session will probably do the trick just fine.

I think this will be an awesome book for getting some ladies who may have been intimidated by heavy weights into understanding how safe, easy, and rewarding it is. The truth is, women shouldn’t really train all that differently from men–we all need to stay strong, flexible, and improve our overall athleticism. I am hopeful that the days of women being afraid of weights is safely behind us.[bctt tweet=”The truth is, women shouldn’t really train all that differently from men.”]

However, I think a lot of guys will be turned off by this course just because the website features mostly girls, and the colors aren’t super-manly-hardcore-alpha-skulls and crossbones. You’re being sexist–this is a safe space–and this is good information.

Jokes aside, this program is useful for men and women– it’s quality information that has the potential to make a lot of people better.

If you’re like me, you may not make powerlifting the main focus of your training, but you’ll be smart enough to make it a part of it.

Better every day,
-Max

PS: If you want to pick up a copy (it’s on sale for 1 more day) you can grab it here: Unapologetically Powerful They have a 100% money back guarantee so the risk is basically zero.

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