The Powerbuilding Peaking Program
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Peaking — whether for a meet or just to set a 1-rep max — is one of the most difficult parts of powerlifting. Just think about it: you’re trying to plan two or three or even four months ahead of time to be your absolute, 100% best on one particular day. If you’re anything like me, you don’t even know how you’re going to feel tomorrow morning, let alone some random morning four months from now.
And as most of you probably know, training for maximal strength and size at the same time is even more difficult. But it is possible to get the best of both worlds.
The program is based on linear periodization, although I have thrown in a few twists, both to keep things interesting and to help you gauge your meet performance a little bit better.Now, I don’t want to give too much away, but here are the highlights:
- 12 weeks of peaking divided into 2, 6-week blocks. This can be easily modified for peaks as short as just 6 weeks.
- Training 4 days per week using an upper/lower split (2 days each) for 9 weeks, and then 3 days per week using a lift split (bench/squat/deadlift) for the last 3 weeks.
- Moderate volume/intensity, with a fairly high amount of supplementary/hypertrophy work.
The course also includes:
- Guidelines for deloading and setting 1RMs.
- Flexibility with regard to training days of the week and loading parameters.
- Explanations of the reasoning behind each phase of training.
- Tips for cutting weight prior to a meet.
- Other meet-day advice.
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Ben is a professional powerlifter, US Open champion and all-time world record holder, and doctor of physical culture. Follow him on social media:
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Look, I know that when you’re getting ready for a meet or 1RM, you’re under a lot of pressure, both mental and physical. That makes sense: the desire to be at your best when you do test your limits causes you to push your body harder in training, too. As I explain in Unf*ck Your Program, you only have a limited ability to deal with stress — and your body doesn’t care whether it’s mental or physical stress. They both can wear you down and burn you out.
So it’s not easy to peak, and you’ve probably realized as much in your own training. How many times have you crushed high-rep sets and volume training, easily cranking out more reps with more weight than ever before… only to attempt a new 1RM and fail miserably, or have a lousy meet, or even get injured? Yeah, that could partly be due to just bad luck, but it’s more likely the result of a suboptimal peak.
A great peak, on the other hand, can help you to far exceed your expectations. If you push your body just hard enough, but not too hard; if you take enough rest, but not too much; and if you pace yourself appropriately, you very well might find that peaking is easier than other types of training, and yet at the end of the program, you set huge new personal records. It is possible.
The course below proves it. I’ve used this same structure – a simple, no-nonsense approach – with myself and with my athletes (lifters of all levels, from beginners to world champions), and I’ve refined it to the point where I’m confident that it has the potential to maximize your potential.
How is that possible? Well, first, it's not just built off of experience and broscience — it's grounded in the principles of periodization, just like all great programs. It has the balance of volume, intensity, and frequency needed to help you achieve your goals. But more importantly, it's flexible, so you can fit it to your body and your situation just by following the guidelines provided in the course lessons.
This is not a one-and-done program. There’s an old cliché in the lifting world: everything works, but nothing works forever. Over time, you’ll need to employ new methods to continue to progress, and even in the short term, trying different methods can help you learn more about your body and how it responds to training. And, if you pay close attention to the videos, train diligently, and stay conservative, this program will allow you to do exactly that.
I hope that helps give you some confidence in the course! If you still have any concerns, feel free to drop me a line by clicking here.