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Powerlifting for Beginners: The ultimate guide to training for and entering your first few competitions

Powerlifting for Beginners: The ultimate guide to training for and entering your first few competitions

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by David Penney

SSP (16 July, 2023) 978-1-8381528-7-1 RRP £29.99
192 pp, 297 x 240 mm (A4), soft cover, 60 colour photographs

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From the back cover
So you want to feel the exhilaration of lifting heavy iron? Then this is the book for you. It will take you on a journey to discover the exciting world of competition powerlifting. Whether you’re a complete beginner or someone who’s been hitting the gym for a while, you’ll learn everything you need to know to compete in this thrilling sport.

You will learn the basics, including how to execute the three main lifts – squat, bench press, and deadlift to competition standard – including tips and tricks to perfect your technique. You’ll learn how to create a training program that works for you, and discover the mental toughness needed to push through and beyond your perceived limits in order to maximize your strength gains.

You’ll also get an in-depth look at the world of competition powerlifting, including what to expect on competition day, how to choose the right meet, and how to mentally and physically prepare yourself for the challenge ahead. You will also learn what not to do, so that you avoid the rookie mistakes commonly seen in many novice lifters.

With the right mindset, training and dedication you’ll be well on your way to becoming a powerlifting champion. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

About the author
David Penney has been a competitive powerlifter for the past seven years, having taken up the sport as a Masters lifter at the age of 48. He has competed in approximately twenty charity, club and sanctioned competitions, both regionally and nationally and has placed second in the British Bench Press Championships twice (2020 and 2021). He is also a Level 1 qualified British Powerlifting coach.

David is also the author of Escape the Fat Trap: It’s not rocket science! (Siri Scientific Press, 2017), which is essentially a guide to fat loss using powerlifting as the main modus of training.

He has two Doctorates in science (PhD and DSc) and is married with three children and one cat. He lives in Rochdale, Greater Manchester and can usually be found training at Evolution Gym during the early morning shift as soon as the doors open at 06:00 am.

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