A powerlifting workout and a hypertrophy workout are like comparing apples to oranges
How often should powerlifters workout? How long should each workout be?
What is the best powerlifting workout? (include sets, reps, etc.)
Bonus Question: What is a good example of a daily powerlifter diet? Be as descriptive as possible.
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Powerlifting and bodybuilding workouts are both different. Powerlifting calls for more thought than bodybuilding routines. The exercises as well are quite different from those of a bodybuilders exercises. The rep ranges also make for a big difference; powerlifters utilize lower rep ranges to get enough strength as possible.
Powerlifting routines also call for more intensity and volume. A lot of splits used in bodybuilding are normally from 3-4 workouts per week. But many powerlifters use 4-6 workouts per week; they also have the advantage of using more GPP work which increases your work capacity and allowing more volume without burning out your CNS.
There are a lot of things powerlifters utilize to help make their programs as optimal as possible. There are also many types of clubs out there with their own philosophies on powerlifting. One of the more famous clubs is Westside Barbell. Westside Barbell is home to the strongest powerlifters out there today, with many who have over a 600 lb. bench press and some over 800 lb.
A few can also deadlift over 700 lb. and 3 who can squat over a grand! The owner and founder of Westside, Louie Simmons. A strength coach for many world athletes, he has been training for many years and training athletes for over 10 years.
Westside's philosophies are by far the best for powerlifters. I will explain more of Westside and a sample template later in the article. I will also explain a lot of other philosophies later in the article to help you get the most out of your powerlifting workout.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD POWERLIFTERS WORKOUT?
HOW LONG SHOULD EACH WORKOUT BE?
Many beginning powerlifters should start off with a 2-3 three day split for workouts in the gym. Then the trainee should add some GPP (General Physical Preparedness) such as sled dragging. Sled dragging is basically dragging a sled around for a few minutes 2-3 times a week on top of workouts.
I feel many beginning to novice athletes should do basic nonstop sled dragging. I don't feel they should be doing a drag of different movements for 200-feet and then resting for another repetition. Instead they should just do 5-6 minutes of straight dragging with a moderate weight, then do another 5-6 minutes of nonstop movements such as pull-throughs, front raise drags, etc.
Advanced trainees can do a lot more workouts, many times 4-6 with GPP added onto those workouts. I feel advanced trainees should perform regular sled dra