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Title: Contemporary training practices in elite british powerlifters: survey results from an international competition
Authors: Swinton, Paul A.
Lloyd, Ray
Agouris, Ioannis
Stewart, Arthur
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Powerlifting
Compensatory acceleration
Elastic bands
Box squats
Board press
Issue Date: Mar-2009
Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: This the author's final version of this article. Published version (c)Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, available from http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/pages/default.aspx
Citation: Swinton, P.A., et al. 2009. Contemporary training practices in elite british powerlifters: survey results from an international competition. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 23(2): pp.380-384. Available from DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31819424bd
Abstract: 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, and 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 that 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 Collectively, the results demonstrate that previous notions of how powerlifters train are outdated.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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/453
ISSN: 1064-8011
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