Should I start powerlifting? Ever since I started doing flatbar deadlift, I want to do powerlifting.
What's flatbar DL'ing?
Do you mean "fatbar"?
PL'ing is up to you.. give Westside a try for a while.. and see if you like the results...
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flatbar, straightbar...whatever you prefer to call it.
At this point in your lifting career just focus on getting stronger in general. You're better off doing basic progressive overload training to develop a foundation of form, size, and strength. A program like Westside will probably require a lot more research and coaching than you'd see in gains. Remember, most of the guys that train in a traditional Westside style spent 10+ years training with other, more basic methods and were already **** strong. Westside can certainly be adapted to a young beginner, but it takes some real tweaking and coaching.
If you want to powerlift, that's absolutely fine. Train heavy, train hard, once in a great while work up to a max (like every 2-3 months) to see where you are, and enter a powerlifting meet once in a while. You'll do just fine training like that this early and your body will thank you.
straight bar deadlift? how else would you do it? I'd say if you have a coach or someone that can teach you proper powerlifting form and the lifts then why not try it out.
ya go for it, i just started competing this year and its fun. just be sure to train the big 3, bench, squat, and deadlift.
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I've decided to keep on doing what i'm doing for about 7 more months, then start power lifting.
I picked up powerlifting about 4 months ago and just competed in my first meet. Before that I just lifted to get bigger and stronger. Lifting with very specific goals and a competition in mind made a huge difference for me. You're also young enough that you will be welcomed with open arms in to the sport.
I'm going to guess you have shorter legs and long arms? Those are good proportions for deadlifting, and would explain to me why your deadlift and power clean are so much higher compared to all your other lifts. I work with a guy who powerlifted his freshman year and almost went to state he said. He had those same proportions and even though he only benched 110, he could deadlift 355 in the 120 class.
Basicly what I'm saying: If you do powerlifting you should be pretty good at it if you keep getting stronger.
Vertical 29" Running= 37" 40= 4.70
Big 3: Squat= 320
OL: .....Clean= 270 150%
...........Snatch= 200 111%