Dr Michael Zourdos – Coaching Powerlifters
16 HOURS 10 LESSONS
All online, you can learn everywhere, anytime and still get the support you need
You’ll learn the fundamentals of periodization and programming
TEACH THE BIG 3
You’ll be able to coach and troubleshoot the squat, bench, and the deadlift
You’ll know how to handle your athlete at meets, from making weight to attempt selection
About the Coaching Powerlifters Course
The ultimate in powerlifting courses, Coaching Powerlifters takes you through everything you could need to train powerlifters. Whether you are a complete beginner to coaching powerlifting, or are more experienced, you will definitely take something away from this course. Covering what powerlifting is, teaching the ‘big three’, programming (including different periodisation models) and accessory movements, meet day prep, this course will enable you to confidently coach your clients and give them big results on the platform.
Powerlifting Structure, Importance, Federation & Journey
What is powerlifting?
When to compete?
How you will change over time.
What federation to compete in?
Understand your role and scope as a coach
Be able to convey to your athlete the importance (or lack thereof) in the grand scheme of things
Skeletal Muscle Plasticity, Endocrine Responses & Rest Intervals
Understand basic progressive overload
Be able to describe the structure and organizational levels of skeletal muscle
Understand and explain the 2 physiological factors inducing muscle growth
Adaptation and the repeated bout effect (RBE)
Physiological release of anabolic and catabolic hormones
Examine acute and chronic hormonal changes
Distinguish between the importance of short vs. long rest intervals
Define Concurrent Training
Understand the overarching effects of continuous aerobic exercise on strength and hypertrophy (interference effect)
Understand the acute and chronic reasons for the interference effect
Determine what types of ‘cardio’ do not cause interference
Make appropriate recommendations
Warm Up Considerations
What are the different types of pre-training warm-up?
Understand and explain the effects of static stretching on anaerobic performance
Understand an explain the effects of dynamic stretching on anaerobic performance
What are the effects of chronic stretching
How does post-activation potentiation apply
Periodization Theory, Research and Type
Understand the evolution of periodization over time
Define and understand the basic types, linear and undulating
Quantify hypertrophy, strength, and power definitions
Distinguish between the importance of periodization in the early phase of training vs. trained individuals
Periodization Models can and should be integrated
Integration of Periodization Part 1
Understand the difference between Daily Undulating Periodization and Daily Undulating Programming
Be able to setup a macrocycle and justify the components of progression
Understand that periodization models can be integrated and that there is no set frequency or program
Integration of Periodization Part 2
Understand the relationship between volume and hypertrophy and strength independent of repetition range
Understand the practicality of various repetitions ranges
Distinguish between overreaching and overtraining
Are there limits to frequency and volume? And how to interpret this practically and safely.
A look at recent research in integration of models
Assistance Lifts for Powerlifters
How to program assistance work
How to choose assistance exercises
Understand how to move from intensity to volume blocks and make weekly programming changes as needed
Understand how to specifically integrate periodization models into an extended mesocycle
Teaching The Big Three, Squats, Bench, Deadlift
Learning how to safely and effectively coach all 3 lifts
Powerlifting Meet Day Prep
What does a meet require?
How to prepare for logistics?
When to cut or not cut weight?