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bigmalone
07-31-2005, 08:34 PM
hi, im 24 years old, been lifting with low reps, heavy wieght training each muscle once a week. ive been lifting this way for about 3.5 - 4 years. right now im benching 310.

for the last week ive been getting interested in powerlifting. ive been reading up as much as i can in this forum, checking out all the websites that you guys have been saying have good info and have been learning alot of stuff!!!!!

the main reason for the switch from what i have been doing to a more powerlifting type is because i want to be as strong as an ox. however, i have a couple questions. i did check out the 9 week start up powerlifting program on the efs website and plan to start out with that.

here are my newbie questions.

right now im 5 '11' 230 pds, i want a lot of strength (wich is why im switching to powerlifting), but am i going to lose any of my size that ive worked hard to get? honest answer please.

what kind of diet do powerlifters eat. im guessing they just eat anything they can find, but that is a newbie guess. right now i do a high protien (350 g a day) diet. how is this going to change?

i see that there is no direct bicep work, since it is not needed in bench, dead, squat. did any of you find your biceps getting smaller as you switch to powerlifter program.

thats all for now. please help me out if you can, i appreciate all the help i can get.

bIgHwN86
07-31-2005, 08:52 PM
i used to do westside before switching to a fitness sort of deal. And honestly you will not lose any size, if anything you will gain size, when i was on westside i actually gained 4inches on my chest in 4months. Your biceps will not lag they may even grow more because of the weight you will be using and by no means will they get smaller....diet wise, powerlifters should still want to eat like a bodybuilder....5-6meals a day, protein up the ying yang etc...if anything i would say eat like a bodybuilder on a clean bulk...eat clean but w/ more in size of portions....IMO....but it also depends on if you are going to compete?, and at what weight class?....i know t-nation.com has some good articles on how powerlifters or strength athletes in general should eat..

Sensei
08-01-2005, 01:53 AM
here are my newbie questions.

am i going to lose any of my size that ive worked hard to get? honest answer please.

what kind of diet do powerlifters eat. im guessing they just eat anything they can find, but that is a newbie guess. right now i do a high protien (350 g a day) diet. how is this going to change?

i see that there is no direct bicep work, since it is not needed in bench, dead, squat. did any of you find your biceps getting smaller as you switch to powerlifter program.


Probably not.

A lot of powerlifters eat crap. Smart ones are a little more careful about it. I eat crap most of time but I watch my diet closer to competitions.

Mine didn't but I gained a lot of weight since starting PLing. I would think that with heavy DLing and benching, your arm won't exactly wither away, but if you have large bis and you want to maintain them, you might need to add a few sets of bicep work here and there.

KevinStarke
08-01-2005, 02:42 AM
I eat pretty much whatever I want but I try to stay within 5 lbs of my weightclass so i try not over do it.

Canadian Crippler
08-01-2005, 06:01 AM
If you're still doing back work, which you definitely should be doing, there's no need to worry about your bi's getting smaller. If anything they'll grow.

bigmalone
08-01-2005, 02:03 PM
thanks for all the help guys, i appreciate it.

another question that came to mind

do powerlifters do cardio?

KevinStarke
08-01-2005, 02:25 PM
Theres no reason not to

Sensei
08-01-2005, 04:03 PM
Some do. Many don't.

As long as you are doing so much cardio that it's cutting into your recovery and strength gains, it's a good idea.