Part 1 - Competition day can be very nerve wrecking and stressful, with lifters failing to hit there targets throughout the meet. In the following posts I will talk about the 6 things that I believe are the key factors to why people effectively suck when they step out on the platform. .
1️⃣ Practice Like You Play - in a sense, competition day should not be special, each attempt should, essentially be just a routine lift. For most powerlifters, even striving for a PB on a third attempt should still generally be natural and reasonably routine progression to s logical new level. All too often lifters treat meets as though they are something different from their regular training, unsurprisingly, this often leads to failure. Strive to make every single rep in training perfect, don’t rely too heavily on training aids, make and effort to find a gym with competition gear and get some training in there, practice heavy singles with competition commands, don’t face the mirror during your squat and deadlift training.
2️⃣ Warming Up Too Much - save it for the platform, dial down the volume and intensity in the warm up area and hit just enough reps and weight in order to prepare yourself to handily execute your opener. There should never be a grinder in a warm up room. NEVER.
3️⃣ Poor Programming - peaking is both an art and a science. The general idea though, is to lower volume in order to let fatigue dissipate, while increasing intensity in order to prepare the body to handle competition loads and fine tune skills. These elements need to be balanced against excessively lowering the volume which could result in too much physical deconditioning, and also balanced against excessively increasing loads to the point where pre-comp recovery efforts are rendered unsuccessful. .
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