My 4 Top Tips:
- Learn up. Do your research, hire a coach, join a powerlifting gym. One or all three, whatever works for you. You need to learn correct form and surrounding yourself by a coach or others with the same goals can help a lot.
- Go in there and act confident. That’s not to say “act stupid”, but you’ve done your research, you know how to do the lifts. You can do it and sometimes throwing in your headphones, blocking out distractions, and walking up to that bench with all the confidence in the world can help when you’re a newb and still feel a little funny in the weight section let alone doing these particular lifts.
- Grow a pair and ask for a spot. YOU CAN’T LIFT AS HEAVY AS YOU WILL WANT TO WITHOUT A SPOTTER. A lot of females never have to ask for a spotter and it can be totally awkward, especially if you’re only surrounded by people you don’t know. Guess what, they may look like meatheads ;), but they’re used to being asked to spot and most likely don’t mind at all. You’re going to have to ask it if you want to powerlift.
- Be prepared for mental blocks. They’re going to happen. Don’t get discouraged. When you’re new you’re just not used to lifting at your absolute maximum. You honestly don’t know what it feels like to lift the heaviest thing you possibly can just one time. You don’t yet know how hard you can struggle and what you are really capable of. I would often finish a deadlift thinking I struggled for so long to get it up and my coach would look like me and say, “you made that look too easy, up the weight”. As you improve and your 1RM keeps increasing and increasing…be prepared to plateau. That happens too. It’s frustrating as hell, but part of the process.
- USPA Website
- USAPL Website
- IPF Website
- Powerlifting Watch (where to find meets)
- Powerlifting Federations (too many to choose from)
- Basic How To: The Big Three
Tips & Advice from Fellow Lifters:
- Powerlifting Workout for Beginners from The Nest (the very basics!)
- Beginners Guide: How To Plan Your First Meet from Girls Who Powerlift
- Basic Raw Powerlifting Equipment for Women from Plant Built
- 5 Reasons Women Shouldn’t Be Intimidated by Powerlifting from Juggernaut by Caitlyn Trout
- Preparing For Your First Powerlifting Meet from Girls Gone Strong (with a basic training template)
- The Modern Women’s Guide to Strength Training by Girls Gone Strong
- 4 Things Every Woman Needs to Know About Competing in Powerlifting by Molly Galbraith
- 5-3-1 Method by Jim Wendler
- Conjugate System by Westside Barbell
- How To Pick A Powerlifting Program from Girls Who Powerlift (lots of options listed!)
Inspiring Female Powerlifters to Follow:
- Desiree Morgan Clayborn
- Monet Bland
- Ewa (Ejanss)
- Marisa Inda
- Cynthia Leu
- Kimberly Walford
- Gracie Vanasse
- Katie Anne
- Ashley Svendbye
What else do you need to know to start powerlifting?
Any other helpful links? Have you blogged about starting powerlifting? Share your links below so we can see too!