The Silliest Reason To Hire A Powerlifting Coach

THE SILLIEST CRITERIA I’VE SEEN FOR HIRING A POWERLIFTING COACH Powerlifting is a sport of performance. How much weight can you lift at a given bodyweight, age and gender. That’s it. There are no points for how ripped you are (though, I do have a pretty funny story on some guy that was “6% bodyfat” at his first competition that
THE SILLIEST CRITERIA I’VE SEEN FOR HIRING A POWERLIFTING COACH

Powerlifting is a sport of performance.

How much weight can you lift at a given bodyweight, age and gender.

That’s it.

There are no points for how ripped you are (though, I do have a pretty funny story on some guy that was “6% bodyfat” at his first competition that I’ll save for another day).

And yet, I see people hiring coaches or even discrediting other powerlifting coaches because of how they look… regardless of how much weight they lift and what they’ve helped other athletes acheive.

When looking to hire a coach for any discipline, you want to look for 4 things:

  1. Have they actually done what they you are trying to acheive. Have they been there?
  2. Do they do what they teach their clients to do? Do they keep their strategies up to date? Is their process continually evolving?
  3. Do they have good transference. Being a good athlete is one thing, being able to relay that information to your clients is another thing altogether.
  4. Have you followed their work for long enough to know if you vibe with their messaging?

Now, within the powerlifting context, I don’t see anywhere where being jacked is a qualifier for performance in any of those categories.

Being very muscular and being strong are obviously not mutually exclusive for powerlifting, but as you start to get into lower weight classes, naturally, the lifters are smaller and won’t look as “YOOOGE” as lifters who are in the 120/264 class.

Do your due diligence. Set up a criteria relevant to the sport you’re looking to hire for.

I’ll tell you this: I’d never hire a bodybuilding coach based on their powerlifting total 😉