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Contemporary training practices in elite British powerlifters: survey results from an international competition.

Swinton, Paul A.; Lloyd, Ray; Agouris, Ioannis; Stewart, Arthur

Authors

Ray Lloyd

Arthur Stewart



Abstract

Training practices in elite British powerlifters: Survey results from an international competition. - The primary objective of this study was to investigate current powerlifting training methods in light of anecdotal evidence purporting increased similarity with the explosive training practices of weightlifters. The study also assessed the prevalence of contemporary training practices frequently recommended for powerlifters in the popular literature. A 20-item survey was distributed to 32 elite British powerlifters at an International competition. The subject group included multiple national, international and commonwealth champions and record holders. Based on 2007 competition results the average Wilks score of the group was 450.26 ± 34.7. The response rate for the surveys was 88% (28 of 32). The survey was sectioned into 6 areas of inquiry (a) repetition speed, (b) explosive training load, (c) resistance materials used, (d) adjunct power training methods, (e) exercise selection, (f) training organization. The results demonstrate that the majority of powerlifters train with the intention to explosively lift maximal and submaximal loads (79% and 82% respectively). Results revealed that 39% of the lifters regularly used elastic bands and 57% incorporated chains in their training. Evidence for convergence of training practices between powerlifters and weightlifters was found when 69% of the subjects reported using the Olympic lifts or their derivatives as part of their powerlifting training. Collectively, the results demonstrate that previous notions of how powerlifters train are outdated. Contemporary powerlifters incorporate a variety of training practices that are focused on developing both explosive and maximal strength.

Citation

SWINTON, P.A., LLOYD, R., AGOURIS, I. and STEWART, A., 2009. Contemporary training practices in elite British powerlifters: survey results from an international competition. Journal of strength and conditioning research [online], 23(2), pages 380-384. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0b013e31819424bd

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 31, 2009
Online Publication Date Mar 31, 2009
Publication Date Mar 31, 2009
Deposit Date Nov 28, 2013
Publicly Available Date Nov 28, 2013
Journal Journal of strength and conditioning research
Print ISSN 1064-8011
Electronic ISSN 1533-4287
Publisher Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 2
Pages 380-384
DOI https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0b013e31819424bd
Keywords Powerlifting; Compensatory acceleration; Chains; Elastic bands; Box squats; Board press
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/907

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