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Will powerlifting get me ripped?[Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jun 4, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Will powerlifting get me ripped?

Will powerlifting get me ripped?

No, powerlifting will not get you ripped. Your diet will. The shredded look is mainly made in the kitchen, not on the gym floor.
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What is your why 

Before we go I think the details of whether powerlifting will get you ripped, let me ask you a couple of questions: 
  • Why do you want to get ripped 
  • Why do you want to powerlift 
  • What happens when you do 
  • What happens if you don’t 
These questions have a big impact on your success and failure. Research shows that people who reflect with the intent on their goals are more likely to achieve them. Sit down, grab a pen and write the answers to these questions down. Most people go about their lives like this: 
  • What do I want 
  • How do I want to get it 
  • Why do I want it 
This mindset leads to trouble. What you want changes hundreds of times a day. If you constantly focus on what you want you will run in a hundred directions and arrive nowhere. Your resources will be spread thin and your time will be scattered. This will lead you to feel unfulfilled and miserable. Something interesting happens when you flip these questions on their head: 
  • Why do you want something 
  • How do you get it 
  • What needs to be done 
This way what is important to you will take the center stage of your life. Your thoughts and actions will become more challenging Nextel and what you want will come to you more naturally. If you want to know how this works on a psychological level read Daniel Kahneman's thinking fast and slow. Simon Sinek's TED talk on the golden circle will change your life. 


The sport of powerlifting aims to establish the highest possible total. Your total consists of three lifts. These three lifts are the bench press, squat, and deadlift. For each lift, you get three attempts to build the biggest possible amount of kilograms. The best attempt for each lift gets summed up to your total. 
Another difference to lifting in the gym is that you get judged. Three referees sit at different angles to you to observe your lift. They decide whether you have performed the lift according to the rules of the federation you are competing in. You need two of the three referees to approve the lift to be allowed to count it towards your total. 
The bench press usually contributes 20% to your total while your squat and deadlift usually make up 40% each. For beginners, the gap between the deadlift and squat is usually bigger. 
Powerlifting is all about lifting a lot of weight. As long as you adhere to the rules nobody cares about how you look. Powerlifters need a lot of energy to perform well and fat can actually help with this. Powerlifting sets you up to build muscle and take care of your diet, but not to extreme levels. 

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How to get ripped 

Many people get this one competent arseways. Getting ripped is not about going crazy in the gym. Abs are made in the kitchen and not on the gym floor. Your abs will show when you get below 10% body fat. Yes, bigger muscles will show up more massive when the fat subsided, however, the main point is to reduce the fat. 

Will powerlifting get me ripped 

No powerlifting will not get you ripped. A carefully planned and executed diet plan will. Believe me, it will suck. Either you will starve yourself or stuff your face six times a day with boring food while training like a mad man. 

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