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How much should I bench, dead lift, and squat if I want to join powerlifting?
There are a number of ways to answer that question but the first is to note that if you are just starting then you would be starting in a novice competition. With this in mind the only way that you are going to get the specific question answered is to go and see a local powerlifting competition.
The way that powerlifting competition works out is that the judges add up all the weights that you lifted for the three specified movements and that is your total score for the competition. When starting out you need to know that the Olympic powerlifting bar alone weighs 45 pounds without any weight added.
To powerlifting who compete at an International level have obviously been doing this for years and some have started off just been able to lift the bar without any weight added. The three movements that make up a powerlifting total score are squats, deadlift and bench-press.
So in order to answer the question in the headline of this article you need to train for a few months and make sure that you are getting stronger and training correctly before you think of joining a powerlifting club. But if your objective is to compete in powerlifting then joining a club is highly recommended.
The reason why joining a club is recommended is that you will not only get motivation from your fellow members but you will always be able to find someone who is dealing with the same specific issues as you are. This can often help you work out some sticking point that you may have reached in your training.
The dreaded plateau is something that occurs with all weight trainers whether you are a bodybuilder or a powerlifter. What that means is that you are not increasing the weight that you lift and every time you train you land up maxing out or failing at the same weight that you did last time.
There are some very unique and very efficient ways of breaking through these plateaus. It is strongly advised that you do not do all of them but approach the problem sensibly and do only one at a time and see which one works best for you.
In conclusion if you want to be a powerlifter then you need to start training and that means two things. The first is to get some weights, either at home or in a local gym and the second is get the correct advice on how to perform these movements correctly.
Your form and the technique that you use to do these three movements are vitally important as any bad habit you may develop is difficult to break. So your starting point is important as you need to make sure that you are doing these movements correctly if you want to make good progress and not get injured.
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