Long-term adaptations in maximal strength: An analysis of male and female powerlifters
Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning
Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Incorporated (ASCA)
School of Medical and Health Sciences / Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research
Strength is an important component of long-term athletic development and performance. In many sports, concurrent training modalities limit the ability to study strength development in isolation, while many research interventions may not directly reflect real-world scenarios. Powerlifting (PL) is a rare exception due to the sole focus on: i. the development of maximal strength during training, and ii. maximal strength expression during competition. Thus, this study investigated the long-term strength development of PL athletes.