If you compete in powerlifting, or your goal is to get stronger in your compound lifts, it’s easy to think about your training as a string of short-term goals. “I need to raise my bench,” “My deadlift is lagging,” and so on. And when it is time to compete, this type of thinking is indeed necessary. But if you want to go at it for a long time, it’s even more essential to take a look at your training in the long term. This means planning out your foci months or even years in advance.There are more than two ways to go about this, but I am going to lay out two different ideas for you. I will detail the pros and cons of each.

 

Option One

Specificity is king. I have mentioned this several times before, but it bears repeating. In this option, your training year is going to be focused on competing. With this scenario, you can pick one to four meets in which to compete in a given year. You can even do more than that if you’re a masochist.

What does this mean? Well, if you choose this route, it’s a hard road. You have to be specific in your training, and this means a prioritized focus on the Squat, Bench, and Deadlift. This doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything else, though. It just means that anything else you do needs to add points to your scoreboard.

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