When to Change Weight Classes as a Powerlifter

When to Change Weight Classes as a Powerlifter

Sports
Deciding which weight class to compete in as a powerlifter can be a tough decision to make. As powerlifting is a weight-based sport, it may seem logical to try to fit into the lightest category possible to be the most competitive.  While this may benefit some advanced lifters fighting to win a national competition or break a record, it can hold back many lifters from growing to their full potential. One of the biggest mistakes that new and experienced powerlifters make is cutting weight to be in a weight class that isn’t right for them and delivering a sub-par performance. When is it time to change weight classes? Along with making the tips provided below, consider your body composition, training age, lifestyle, stress management and support system. For relatively lean…
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Beetroot Juice for Bodybuilders & Powerlifters

Beetroot Juice for Bodybuilders & Powerlifters

Sports
Beetroot juice has been trending for a while in the world of endurance athletes, but it has not really generated a lot of interest amongst bodybuilders and powerlifters. The evidence is pretty clear that is has some applications in terms of improving performance in certain areas of training for bodybuilders and powerlifters, but this article will break down the current research and also include an interpretation of whether or not it is worthwhile taking. Why is Beetroot Juice Theoretically Helpful in General? At minimum, beetroot juice is a good source of potassium, vitamin C, B9, iron, manganese and antioxidants in general. But the real reason why people care about it is due to the potential it has to improve blood flow. Beetroot juice contains nitrates, which helps to dilate blood…
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Supplements for Bodybuilders and Powerlifters

Supplements for Bodybuilders and Powerlifters

Body Composition, Sports
When it comes to bodybuilding and powerlifting, we all know that training, rest and nutrition, in general, should be prioritised above supplementation. If you are looking to optimise your body composition and performance though, it makes sense to take advantage of any benefit you can. And while supplements might not be necessary to see great results, there are certain situations where they can help improve your results. This post is going to list common supplements used in the bodybuilding and powerlifting community and how they may or may not be beneficial. Creatine Creatine is one of the most well-studied supplements that consistently provides benefits. It is a naturally occurring non-protein amino acid that is found in foods such as red meat and seafood. But typically, people do not consume the…
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What Should Powerlifters Eat on Comp Day?

What Should Powerlifters Eat on Comp Day?

Sports
As a dietitian who works predominantly with powerlifters and other strength athletes such as strongman competitors and Olympic Weightlifters, I often get asked about nutrition strategies for competition day. Obviously, your nutrition plan on the day is not going to make a massive difference in comparison to all the work you have done in the lead-up to the event. It can still be the difference between making or missing a lift when it counts though. I know a lot of competitors who just rock up to the event and hope for the best, trusting that they can just eat the food that is available at the meet. And while this can work, for sure, in my opinion it is sacrificing an opportunity to maximise performance. The Goal is to Feel…
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Weight Cuts for Powerlifting – A Dietitian’s Guide

Weight Cuts for Powerlifting – A Dietitian’s Guide

Sports
Weight cutting (also known as a water cut) is an area of powerlifting that I see not being done well on a frequent basis. Honestly, I see it as a bit of a gap in the sport where people are missing out on a massive potential advantage. In a lot of combat sports where making weight is a requirement as well, it is at the point where almost everybody undertakes a significant weight cut. If an athlete chooses not to do one, it puts them at a noticeable disadvantage due to the difference in size and muscle mass. Interestingly enough, even though weight cuts can provide an advantage, they haven’t become a part of the culture of powerlifting, which is why I see it as a bit of a gap.…
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Weight-Cuts for Powerlifting

Weight-Cuts for Powerlifting

Sports
Anything that involves lifting weights and broscience is a match made in heaven. Unfortunately for powerlifters, following potential negative practices during a weight-cut can be the difference between hitting a PR and disappointment. The weight-cut refers to the short-term loss of weight before a competition, usually within 7 days. This blog contains a guide on how to safely approach a weight-cut while decreasing the negative impacts on performance. Why a Weight Cut? In theory, the idea of a weight-cut is to temporarily reduce body mass to achieve a certain weight-class. This can therefore replace losing potentially important muscle and fat mass that come with chronic dieting, and help an individual make a certain lift. Short-term weight-cut practices can be very detrimental to performance if done incorrectly. Therefore, it makes sense…
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Layne Norton Q & A

Layne Norton Q & A

Other
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? Well, basically I’m a science geek who loves to lift heavy things. I started bodybuilding at age 17 in order to build more muscle to improve my confidence and increase my self-esteem. Also, I wanted more attention from girls LOL. Over time I developed a pure love for training. I went on to win my pro card in natural bodybuilding and actually win my class at a pro show. In the last 5 years, I’ve become very involved with powerlifting and have managed to win USA Nationals twice as well as a silver medal at the world championships. I also set a world squat record of 303kg at 91.5 kg bodyweight that has since been broken. In my academic career,…
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5 Nutrition Priorities for Getting Jacked

5 Nutrition Priorities for Getting Jacked

Body Composition
There are so many conflicting opinions out there for how to get jacked. A classic example is clean eating vs If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM). People from the clean eating camp debate that it is completely illogical to think that you can sit around eating junk all day and make optimal progress, while people in the IIFYM camp think that it is illogical to sit down to 5 meals a day of chicken, brown rice and broccoli when there is no need to be that restrictive. This article is not intended to debate these points and is solely focusing on the topic of the nutrition priorities for gaining muscle at an optimal rate. 1) Calories in vs Calories Out If you are not eating enough calories you will not…
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