100 Powerlifters - 100 Powerlifting Routines
Books, magazines, and videos are filled with powerlifting routines, many of them quite similar. There are in fact some basic sets that will be found in almost every established routine. For the most part those routines that are advertised as being good ones usually are.
You may search out the very best powerlifting routines, but you'll eventually find out what is best for someone else is likely not the best routine for you. There are differences between powerlifting to get exercise, powerlifting to build muscle, and powerlifting for competition. Even when the routines are similar, which is seldom, the way in which the powerlifter goes about practicing those routines will usually vary from person to person.
An experienced powerlifter may tell you all about the virtues of his routine, and why it works for him. If he's honest and forthcoming however, he'll likely also tell you that while you may benefit from following his routine, it won't necessarily be the best one for you. That is something you have to figure out for yourself.
Exercises, Weights, And Sets - Powerlifting routines basically involve following a specific order of exercises, and doing so many sets of each exercise. Over time the weights will vary, usually increasing unless injury dictates otherwise, and the number of sets may vary. The weights and the number of sets, as well as the exercises, are dictated by what you're trying to accomplish.
You'll quickly learn not to do the same exercises two days in a row. To build muscles, muscles need work, but they also need rest. You'll also learn to not only to start out using lighter weights, but as you progress you may at times have to go back to lighter weights to clean up mistakes in form. Form, or proper motion, is every bit as important as is the weight. The wrong form doesn't build muscles in an optimum fashion, can lead to early fatigue, and can lead to possible strains or injuries.
Powerlifting routines almost always involve squats, bench presses, dips, sit-ups and lifts, just to name a few. Doing these different exercises in the proper order, on a given day, using the proper weight, and doing the right number of sets, dictates that you keep a journal and a schedule. The schedule reminds you of what you're supposed to do, and the journal keeps track of how things are going and any observations you make.
Change Is Constant - In doing powerlifting routines you should be learning something about the routines and about yourself practically every day, and chances are a year from now you will have modified your routines one way or another. Powerlifters, like any athlete, will discover that some routines are easier for them to do than others. Some exercises require greater mental preparation; others can be difficult when it comes to getting the form down just right. A powerlifter will have a tendency to look forward to some days more than others, especially since different exercises are done on different days, and it can at times be difficult mentally to stick to the schedule one should be following. Like anyone else, the powerlifter has the option of just doing what he feels like on occasion, usually a good thing. When beginning, it's always to your advantage to have an experienced powerlifter or personal trainer help get you started, and it's always helpful to have a trainer or a powerlifting buddy nearby as you progress, to offer advice, encouragement, and just to point things out.
Learning About Yourself Isn't Always Easy - One may be tempted to thing that getting the most out of powerlifting routines doesn't take a whole lot of intellect. Nothing could be farther from the truth.