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January 4th, 2020 | Louis-Alexis Gratton

How Mickael Cloutier totaled 2000lbs

In september 2019, Mickael Cloutier became the first lifter in the Quebec Powerlifting Federation and one of the very few Canadian lifters to total 2000lbs in drug tested conditions, without equipment. His determination and work ethic got him there first and foremost, but we thought we’d offer some insight into how we reorganized his training since he started working with us.

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September 25th, 2019 | Louis-Alexis Gratton

A Brief Overview of Strength Physiology

Maximal strength development is pretty straightforward. Most people know that to get stronger, you need to gain muscle and lift heavy weights, and that is really the gist of it. However, for those of you interested in the physiological underpinnings of strength training, or, to put it more simply, in understanding what are the changes happening within our body that make us stronger when we lift weights, we’ll offer a brief overview here.

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May 23rd, 2019 | Louis-Alexis Gratton

Conditioning for Powerlifting: What is Necessary?

Two factors mainly determine powerlifting success: maximal strength and hypertrophy. And then again, hypertrophy only matters because the amount of muscle mass an individual possesses influences the potential he has to develop absolute strength.

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May 16th, 2019 | Louis-Alexis Gratton

Accessory Work for Powerlifting: What You Should Be Doing

We can define accessory work as everything you do within a training session after the completion of the main exercise or exercises, which will usually consist of the competition lifts or close variations. Traditionally, accessory work can be understood as higher repetition ‘’bodybuilding’’ exercises, or, sometimes, as conditioning training.

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January 1st, 2018 | Louis-Alexis Gratton

Potential in Powerlifting

Athletic potential has been particularly studied in recent years in the field of training theory. What makes a great athlete? Is it possible for anyone to reach high levels in sport? To what extent do genetics play a role?

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November 1st, 2017 | Louis-Alexis Gratton

Exercise Variation and Training Transfer

Exercise variation is used by all coaches. Very seldom will you see an athlete performing exclusively competitive movements during the training process. Most trainees use a wide variety of exercises in their preparation, especially beginner to intermediate athletes.

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September 26th, 2017 | Louis-Alexis Gratton

Fatigue Management in Powerlifting

Fatigue Management is often misunderstood and ill applied in self trained athletes. Muscular failure is reached often and lighter work is disregarded. While training hard is an absolute requisite to get better, knowing when to back off at the appropriate time will definitely help you reach your goals in a faster and safer manner.

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August 25th, 2017 | Louis-Alexis Gratton

Directed Adaptation

We’ve written on the idea of having specialized training blocks of concentrated workloads for advanced athletes in past articles[1]. We’ve mentioned as well the fact that the human body will react to stressors by remodeling it’s systems to better withstand further exposure to said stressors.

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August 25th, 2017 | Louis-Alexis Gratton

Periodization for Powerlifting

In previous installments, we’ve exposed the concept of periodization, first through its classical model and then its more recent and refined block model. With the basics in place, it’s now time to tackle on periodization specifically for powerlifting.

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August 20th, 2017 | Louis-Alexis Gratton

Block Periodization Model

Today we will look at a more recent model that takes into consideration the evolution that sports and training has undergone since the early theorization of periodization: the block periodization.

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August 13th, 2017 | Louis-Alexis Gratton

Classical Periodization Model

Proper programming is crucial to sports progress. A vital component of adequate programming is periodization, which is simply defined as a “method by which training is divided into smaller, easy-to-manage segments that are typically referred to as phases of training[1]”. This allows correct organization and adequate variation of training for you to reach your goals at the appropriate time.

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