Category: General

How Important is Nutrition for Powerlifting?

We all know that diet is the most important part of bodybuilding. If you don’t eat right, your physique will look like crap. And in bodybuilding, that is obviously the most important thing. But what about powerlifting? Should powerlifters even care about their diet?

The answer is yes. Of course. But it’s more complicated than a simple yes or no answer. The answer will probably vary from individual to individual. The competitive/record setting powerlifters diet will be much more important than the powerlifter that lifts just for fun and doesn’t compete. Most people probably fall somewhere in the middle, so for the majority of people reading this, you’ll need to put forth a moderate amount of effort if you want to succeed at competing at the local level. That sounds very vague and almost demotivating, I know.

Let me lay it out like this.

For the non competitive powerlifter: Make sure you hit your daily protein requirements, or at least try to come close. Don’t worry about hitting a specific protein to carb ratio, or when you eat. It’s not worth it if you’re not competing.

For the competitive powerlifter that competes in local competitions a couple times per year: pay attention to macronutrient ratios and eat carbs after your workout. Realize that a properly set ratio of protein, carbs, and fat can have a significant impact on your training.

For the powerlifter out to break records: pay special attention to macronutrients as well as micronutrients. Supplement with a multivitamin if necessary. You will need to keep track of your calories and weigh your food out so you know exactly how much you’re consuming. Very strict, similar to a bodybuilders diet.

Now there may be some really strong powerlifters out there who think this is bullshit because they got strong eating nothing but cheeseburgers, but just imagine how much stronger and healthier they would have been had they eaten healthy foods and maintained a proper diet.

You can get strong eating crap, but I guarantee you will make better progress if you put some effort into your diet.

Is Powerlifting the Greatest Sport of all Time?

Powerlifting is the greatest sport that has ever existed! Kidding. Okay maybe not. To me it is the best sport in the world but I can understand why it isn’t more popular. Powerlifting is definitely not a spectators sport. There are very few people that I know of that actually enjoy watching powerlifting competitions.

Sure, the superheavyweights are fun to watch, same with elite lifters who are at the top of the game. But unless you know the person that is lifting, it is just as boring as watching golf.

Powerlifting is about bettering yourself. Nobody really cares about what anybody else is doing. The sole focus of the sport is beating yourself. Constantly improving. Of course you are trying to beat other people at the meet, but most powerlifters are after one thing. Setting new PRs.

You don’t have to actually compete in powerlifting to powerlift. But if you want to be a powerlifter, you must compete.

Why I think powerlifting is the greatest sport

To me, there is nothing more badass than lifting hundreds of pounds. The deadlift is obviously the more badass of the big three, but the other two are still badass. There’s just something about picking up 500 lbs off the ground and standing up with it that just makes you feel like a god.

Setting PRs is literally the best feeling in the world. Even 5 pound PRs will make you feel like you’re on top of the freaking world. I think that’s what drives powerlifters. We’re all chasing PRs because of the way it makes you feel. PRs are great, but hitting milestones are even better. I still remember the first time I benched 2 plates. The first time I squatted 4 plates. The first time I pulled 5 plates. And then from there the milestones are more frequent and each one feels better than the last. Hitting a 500 pound deadlift was cool, but hitting a 585 (6 plates) pound deadlift was the bees freaking knees, man.

It’s super simple. Competing is straight forward. Perform each lift 3 times and add the highest attempt for each lift towards your total. I love the simplicity of it, but I also love the complexity that actual training brings. Once you get to a more advanced level, a lot of lifters do their own programming. So much thought and methodology goes into designing a program. It is based off years of experience and knowledge. What works for you and your goals. Designing your own program and having it be effective is one of the greatest rewards the sport of powerlifting offers.

The community. Powerlifters are some of the nicest and helpful folks you’ll ever meet. Almost always willing to help you and share knowledge. Some of my closest friends are my powerlifting crew. If you go to a powerlifting meet and don’t make at least one new friend I would be very surprised.

There are many more reasons. I could go on longer, but I think you get the picture.