I could be as bold and say that pressed with time, Juggernaut Training is the only site you’ll ever need if you’re passionate about powerlifting and weightlifting. Period. You will find articles, videos, workshops, e-books, training and nutrition templates and lots and lots of more material ready to use whether you are a beginner or an experienced competitive lifter.
Go and see for yourself: http://www.jtsstrength.com/
I’ll share some tidbits of my favorite picks below! There’s simply too much of those to go over all but these are my this week’s and last year’s best finds that are relative to my current situation and need of knowledge :).
First, here is a suberb video by Chad Wesley Smith where he goes over:
- The definition of Overload
- The parameters of Overload for Hypertrophy, General Strength and Peaking
- How Overload relates to Maximum Recoverable Volume
- What Proper and Improper Application of the Principle of Overload looks like
This is sooo important to me as my recovery abilities are somewhat – heck, depressingly limited. How could I gauge what is the right amount of training for me? How to work out efficiently to get as strong and muscular as possible, but without going over my maximum recoverable volume? When do I need to cut down volume? And do I reduce volume by doing less reps or sets, or lift lighter weights (the last isn’t recommendable as far as I understand)? Or do I cut down training sessions per week? I’ll let you guys know as soon as I figure this out. Somewhere in the 22nd century or so… 😀
Many already know about my love for everything and anything Layne Norton does. Here’s the fantastic article series he wrote for Juggernaut: Fat Loss For Powerlifting. Everything you need to know about optimizing body composition and cutting for meets. Science backed, no-nonsense, while keeping your health and sanity in the process.
Powerlifting and weightlifting are weightclass sports. Proper nutrition is the most important aspect of exercise performance and recovery, along with getting enough quality sleep. Cutting for a meet with super-low calorie or other fad diets and using unhealthy measures such as playing with your water and sodium intake haphazardly seems to be quite common with some young and inexperienced lifters, or at least according to what I’ve read and heard.
IIFYM works for me, but if you’re more into paleo or whatever and it suits you, go for it :). For us all, I think (and smart people agree 😉 ) that the most important thing to remember is that calories come first, macronutrients come second, other stuff such as meal frequency, timing, supplements etc. third.
And last, but definitely not least, Dr. Mike Israetel‘s articles about Periodization for Powerlifting:
Mike Israetel is also an assistant professor of Exercise Science at the Temple University. He’s also very active in social media and has a lot of ummm… opinions about stuff. He’s a really entertaining and informative guy to follow: https://www.facebook.com/michael.israetel?fref=ts
Hope you will find new and useful information for your training!