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    Smile Dedicating myself to powerlifting,what can i expect?

    Hello.

    So I've been training crossfit for about 7 months give or take.Before that i had no experience lifting any type of weights my entire life.Tho i trained judo since i was 8 so you could say my body developed actively.
    I found crossfit to be to general for me and i was just getting nowhere after a while, exept for my cardio and mobility.What it has done for the most is introduced me to weightlifting and powerlifting.
    I really enjoyed it and it was always my favorite part of the session, especially powerlifting.

    And from what i have seen and read i actually have some talent.
    Stats: 6'2 105-110 kg now but when i trained crossfit i was around 99-100kg fluctuating.

    After a few months of training crossfit and maybe a few deadlifting squat bench sesions (for strength) we finally had a max out session.
    I deadlifted 165 kg squated 100kg and benched 90kg at around 99-100lg bodyweight (bf 25-26%)
    Whit no previous experience and horrible form on bench and squat i lifted that.Now i don't know if i have any potential but i know i really like doing it.

    Also one more specific question.
    Can i actually build up a decent physique whit just doing powerlifting type workouts and a bit of accessory work here and there?


    Thanks a lot.Happy to be a part of the community.

    PS: Mind the english.Its not my first language
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    Welcome Nikola!
    Fellow recent convert here!

    Glad you like it!
    work on your form, watch lots of youtube (competitive lifters, not some of those fools out there), and yes practice. If you can get a coach, do.

    There is a lot of good information out there (Mike Israetel from Rennaisance Periodization is great), but the short answer to your question is: training for 1RM powerlifting max and hypertrophy (muscle size/aesthetics) are two different things. Initially, if you train primarily for strength you'll still gain muscle/appearance, but eventually you will get diminishing returns on your training. Typically, training for power is 3-6 rep sets, while hypertrophy training in the main lifts are for 5-10 reps give or take. You can try hybrid programs ('powerbuilding') to get a mix of what you want.

    Good luck!
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