World Recod squat

Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. As in the sport of Olympic weightlifting, it involves the athlete attempting a maximal weight single-lift effort of a barbell loaded with weight plates. Here I am going to show you how I like to structure my strength training.

There are many ways to structure your training. Some people like to practice how they play, so they choose to train all three main lifts every day. On the other hand, some people choose to train one main lift and hit accessory movements along with it each day. There's no right way to do it. I like to train for strength on the three main lifts and do more hypertrophy later on in each workout. Powerlifting training is focused more on strength, so most exercises will be done with lower rep ranges and more weight. Here I am going to lay out the best ways to train each lift.

Squat/Bench/Deadlift Program

Russle Ori competition squat



Above is the sets/reps you should do for squat on your leg days to train for strength instead of hypertrophy. Personally, I will start my leg days like this, then do "accessory" movements (things like lunges or leg extensions) after for muscle development and supporting muscle groups. Keep in mind that while doing lower rep-range sets you should be using a weight that is fairly difficult to do for the said number of reps.

Russle Ori competition bench



Like with squats, these are the sets/reps that you will want to throw into your push movements day when benching. I am a firm believer that the second-best movemnet for bench press strength is weighted dips. Throw 5 sets of heavy dips in as well for maximum strength gains. After bench and dips feel free to do accessory movements to help better develop your muscles. The more mature and dense a muscle is, the stronger it gets.

Russle Ori cometition deadlift



Deadlifting is one of the most taxing movements on your body. It involves every muscle group in your body while putting a large strain on your central nervous system. It is best to have a "deload" period to let your body have time to heal fully before training heavy again. This is why the first pull day of the cycle starts with a 4 x 8, this is intended to be a lighter day so that your CNS can have a time of decompression. Like all other muscle groups, you should add accessory movements in after this lift to further strengthen your body.