Powerlifters are athletes that place a large focus on absolute strength. They generally train using lower repetitions but utilize a high volume of compound movements (Squats, Deadlifts and Bench Press), with lengthy periods of time between working sets. They do an exhaustive amount of training using competition-style lifts and much of their increases in strength are due to better efficiency in recruiting their Central Nervous Systems.
While many powerlifters are happy to build hypertrophy, they generally aim to get as strong as they possibly can, while not increasing their muscle size.
Powerlifters also add complementary “assistance” exercises to their programs, however, these are done for the sole purpose of increasing their 1RM in the “big three” lifts.
While many powerlifters maintain an adequate level of fitness, this is considered very secondary as many are concerned about doing anything to compromise pure strength.
Speaking of strong, Bulk Ambassador Dave Napper is one of Australia’s top powerlifters who runs his very own powerlifting gym in Queensland. Dave has competed in countless national competitions and has represented Australia overseas too.
So when it comes to fuelling for strength, he knows a thing or two. Dave recommends Muscle Food 101 as a protein source for building muscle and Pre Workout 101 to get hyped up for comp day lifts and training PBs. He fuels muscular endurance and kickstarts muscle repair with BCAA Recovery and counteracts the extreme load he puts on his joints with support from Joint Complex.