Interview With Mark Bell
EliteFTS interviews 308 powerlifter and owner of Super Training gym Mark Bell.
Thoughts on deloading for elite powerlifters:
Are you making progress? Is it the kind of progress that you want?
Quick words of advice:
- I do not like or believe in deloading.
- Rather than deloading, why not reload and move to another exercise or another set or rep range?
- Why not just take a day off if you feel run down? Why would you plan it? To me it seems like people plan stuff they don’t even know they need.
- Deadlifting heavy every 10-14 days gives you a decent amount of time to recover and make improvements. If you are doing speed pulls under 80% you might be able to get away with deadlifting a little more often.
- If you shirt up on a Thursday does it really make any sense to push your speed bench 3 days later? I'd say no. Why bother doing any benching unless you feel you can get something out of it?
- If you work up on DE squat day is there a reason to do a big box squat on your ME day? No.
Those were some random notes but I think they should help. Ultimately, better planning will help you avoid deloading altogether. The purpose of our sport is to lift weights, so why take a break? If we were lifting for football I could understand pulling certain movements out and working on other attributes, but we’re powerlifters. We lift. That’s what we do. If lifting makes you too tired, you’re in the wrong sport.