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    Powerlifting with limited equipment

    I have lifted for sports for a few years (im 19), but in the past couple months I have gotten interested in powerlifting. How big of a problem is it to not have access to chains, bands, etc.? Basically the gym I workout at has flat/incline/decline benches, dumbells, squat racks, and various assistance excersizes. I've tried reading some articles on powerlifting, but most of the exersizes involve equipment i dont have. So, my question is, how big of a problem is limited equipment? Will I be able to make gains for a while, and then stop because I cant do the advanced excersizes, or are there ways to make up for the lack of stuff?
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    It is not a problem at all. Having access to things like a GHR, reverse-hyper, bands, chains, etc. is nice, but not a necessity. Until 10 years ago, just about everyone got along fine without them.

    Don't worry about it.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    Lift heavy and lift smart. Chains and bands don't make a powerlifter. It takes heart and balls.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    If you look at all the old school powerlifters, they just used iron. So just stick to the basics and lift heavy and you'll be fine.

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    Yep, plus those things are more geared twoards lifters who have alteast a few years under their belts first.

    My suggestion would be to make sure you have your form down on every lift you do.

    At this point, you dont need to worry about being fancy with your training.

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    thats good to hear, thanks guys

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    I agree, it can be a mistake to jump into the advanced technique too early. Doing too much board pressing can hurt your low end and raw strength, as can too much chain and band work. They definitely have their benefits, but don't worry about them for now.

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