Before you get into powerlifting, you should have at least 2-3 years of consistent weight training. And when you are completely involved into lifting training program, you still might make some mistakes, which we want you to avoid. Let’s have a look at each of them.
First of them is trying to lose some weight before starting exercising. Being afraid to gain weight and changing the weight class, beginners start keeping a diet, while there is no requirement for this. Weight loss for young athletes has negative effects on overall health. The last thing a beginner needs to worry about is making a weight class. You need to focus on becoming stronger. Just lift and focus on your technique.
Consuming inappropriate food and drink on the day of meet or the day before can also have a negative effect on your performance. Come on, you know your body. So, don’t eat spicy food or dairy products, or you will run to the toilet right on the meet.
While training you should also remember about warming up. You have to warm your body to elevate its core temperature. Prepare your body for the activity it will be involved in. Focus on warming up the certain body units before performing a large amount of exercise repetitions. You can also put more layers of clothing or track suit bottoms on (anything to keep you warm) to prevent the muscles from cooling down. This point is particularly important when competing in colder climates, so make sure to have extra clothing on for the period when you are not lifting.
The last, but not the least thing you should do is to have enough rest and sleep. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a professional lifter; we all need rest for our body. Even when you feel the pressure before the competition, try to relax as best as you can and you will win the battle.