The Best Powerlifting 3-Day Workout Routine

More and more people choosing to enter powerlifting meets and competitions

Powerlifting is currently one of the most popular forms of training in the entire world, with more and more people choosing to enter powerlifting meets and competitions now, than ever before. Perhaps it’s because strongman has grown in popularity, or maybe it’s just because people are looking for new ways of testing their strength and pushing their bodies to the absolute limit each and every single week.

Whatever the reasons may be, powerlifting is now incredibly popular, and that doesn’t look set to change anytime soon. When it comes to powerlifting however, the goal for many people, is to enter a meet or competition relatively local to them, win it hopefully, or place as well as possible, and then move on to the contest, becoming bigger and stronger every single time they enter a new contest.

When it comes to powerlifting however, the training is very, very different to bodybuilding, because the goals and targets are different. With bodybuilding, aesthetics are the primary focus, as the idea is to get your body looking as great as it possibly can look.

Because of that, it doesn’t matter how much weight a bodybuilder can lift, as long as he looks great when he steps on stage.

On the flipside, when it comes to powerlifting, powerlifters don’t actually care what they look like, as they aren’t posing on stage, they’re there to lift weight.

If you’re relatively new to powerlifting, or simply want a new workout routine to follow, here’s a look at the best powerlifting 3 day workout routine you could possibly wish for.

Quad sets & What Quad Sets are

When we talk about quad sets, we aren’t actually talking about the quadriceps muscle at all, we are instead talking about 4 heavy working sets.

Just note, that all of the workouts listed below, will all begin with 4 heavy working sets for the very first exercise, whereas after that, reps, weights, and exercises, will vary greatly.

When you start with your first quad set, you should select a weight that allows you to comfortably perform 4 sets of 4 reps. Overtime obviously, things will become easier, and when the final 4th set feels too easy, you should add 5 pounds in weight, and continue this trend every time. If 5 pounds is too heavy, try 2.5 instead.

Weights used

For all of your other exercises, the same weight should be used for each set, so there will be no pyramiding up or down in these instances, and certainly no super-setting. Once you are able to easily perform all of the reps which are listed below, then you can add slightly more weight, and take things from there.

The training 3-day (mon/wed/fri) split Powerlifting Routine

This training split is a 3 day split, so, obviously, you will be training for just 3 days each week. When powerlifting, you train with three exercises in mind: Bench press, squats, and deadlifts. Needless to say, the routine listed below, is designed to work on each of these lifts. If possible, structure your training as follows:

Mon – Bench day
Weds –Deadlift day
Fri – Squat day

Day 1 (Monday) Bench day:

On the bench press day, obviously you will be performing bench presses and similar incarnations of this exercise, as that is one of the big three exercises you will have to perform on the day of your meet. As well as bench presses however, you also perform exercises that strengthen stability muscles, and muscles which will assist you with the lift in general. For example, when you perform bench presses, your triceps and deltoids are also recruited and assist you with the lift, so strengthening those muscles will help you to bench more by default. This is why there are chest, triceps, and deltoid exercises included in this workout.

Flat bench barbell bench press – 4 sets of 4 reps
Incline dumbbell bench press – 5 sets of 10 reps
Standing military press – 4 sets of 4 reps
Triceps extensions – 4 sets of 15 reps
Seated Arnold presses – 5 sets of 10 reps

Day 2 (Wednesday) Deadlift Day:

Deadlifts not only rely on a strong back, they also rely on great grip strength, and strong bicep strength as well. As you can see, the workout listed below works the back, the biceps, and has exercises, such as power shrugs, which are designed to enhance your grip strength.

Deadlifts – 4 sets of 4 reps
Power shrugs – 2 sets of 20 reps
Bent over barbell rows – 5 sets of 10 reps
Wide grip pull ups – 5 sets to failure
Dumbbell hammer curls – 3 sets of 12 reps
Seated alternate arm dumbbell curls – 3 sets of 12 reps per arm

Day 3 – Friday – Squat

When squatting, you need all of the major muscle groups in your legs to become as strong and as durable as possible, which is why there are so many different leg exercises listed below, with each one targeting a slightly different muscle group in the leg.

Barbell squats – 1 set of 20 reps (lower weight)
Barbell squats – 4 sets of 4 reps (tougher weight)
Leg press machine – 4 sets of 20 reps
Stiff-legged deadlifts – 3 sets of 6 reps
Seated leg curls – 5 sets of 10 reps
Lying hamstring curls – 5 sets of 10 reps

A word on your diet

Some powerlifters, or rather, some wannabe powerlifters, will use their training as an excuse to binge eat and pig out on whichever foods they like. Yes, whilst powerlifting and training like one, you are going to have to consume far more calories than the average person, but that doesn’t mean you are allowed to stuff your face full of junk.

You eat for performance, and the quality of the food going into your body, will reflect on the quality of your performances in the gym. Drink plenty of water, stay hydrated and get your electrolytes, and ensure you get plenty of high quality protein.

Avoid processed junk and instead consume fresh and healthy produce. Ensure your fats come from clean and healthy sources, make sure you watch your sugar intake and focus on mainly complex carbs instead of simple ones, and above all else, make sure you get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. The odd cheat meal now and then is fine, just make sure that 90% of your diet, is super clean and super healthy.