If you want to increase your strength, it is best to get advice from somebody who is already incredibly strong. Team Beast athlete and world-class powerlifter Steve Gentili qualifies as strong, boasting a near 800-pound squat, a 600-pound bench press and a deadlift of more than 800 pounds.
But it has taken plenty of hard work to get to that strength level. Steve has also taken advantage of some specific tips to help that journey. Classify them as strength “hacks,” but these five factors can play an important role in your strength journey. Take these into consideration and apply them to your plan, and your strength may jump to an entirely new level.
With that, here are 5 Tips to Increase Strength from Steve Gentili.
1. Recovery: It’s important to put an emphasis on sleeping. Try to get 7-9 hours each night if you can. Recovery also means implementing deloads every 3-4 weeks, allowing your body to recuperate after heavy training sessions.
2. Gain muscle: What I mean by this is, don’t focus on your scale weight. Instead, your focus should be on performance. You should eat to grow, not to gain, as not all calories are equal. Eating the right, nutrient-dense foods will help you recover and fuel your workouts, all important factors in gaining strength.
3. Bench, Squat, Deadlift: These are the big three in powerlifting. I recommend hitting each of the “big 3” twice a week (except during a Deload).
4. Overload: Your body doesn’t get stronger from doing things it can already do. Instead, you have to force it to adapt. Overloading movements can be done in a variety of ways, including things like wearing a Slingshot, adding reverse bands to your big three lifts, blocks, pauses and so on. These should be mixed into every 3-4 week training cycle. But, you should also make sure it doesn’t make up the bulk of your workouts.
5. Liquid Nutrition: Use a pre/intra/post workout drink to help fuel the body and recover faster from workouts than just food alone. Try to take advantage of the insulin sensitivity post-workout by not eating around a workout and fueling with fast digestive drinks.
On that note, using something like Beast Sports’ BCAA 2:1:1 is the perfect chance to utilize the benefits of an intra-workout drink, as it provides 5 grams of fast-acting InstAminos BCAAs, as well as tart cherry powder. Other top picks for Steve include Creature, an award-winning creatine complex, as well as Beast Mode pre-workout.
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