I’ve been in powerlifting for over a decade now and my point-of-view is that practically anyone can become a respectable lifter if they stay consistent and train hard for an extended period of time. Whether someone’s blessed with good genetics or not, a solid six or seven years of hard, smart and dedicated training can send you on your way to some great totals in any weight class. With that being said, I give credit to the time and patience that I have put in and I credit being smart and listening to my body. I have been in the game since the year 2000 and I haven’t had a single serious injury.
That was a refreshing point of view from a powerlifter
For the exercises and the routines that I live by and give the most credit to are 10 x 10 (classically referred to as German Volume Training) in every lift. There is no better foundation to start off a training cycle. It serves three purposes; it gives you time to work on your form, it builds up your core strength and it develops your competitive drive because you’re pushing yourself to complete heavier and heavier sets of ten repetitions. For a beginning lifter, 10 x 10’s are a perfect template for their first cycle. This is also where you, as a coach, can be critical of their form, rep after rep. Preaching the famous saying “Practice makes perfect.”
Of course, he does follow it up with this. Though I must say his approach to 10X10 is rather different from the typical GVT. Also, I don't think its bad to work up to a couple of sets for 10 reps, but 10 sets seems a bit extreme,
Though he does seem to advocate it 10X10 at all times & all of us here abhor one size fits all cookie cutter programs.
Nice Interview, I enjoyed reading it, thanks for posting it Ashim.