The Prilepin Powerlifting Chart

The Prilepin Powerlifting Chart

The Prilepin powerflifting chart is not a new idea. In fact, it is decades old. It is very useful for those who want to achieve maximum strength, however, since it provides guidelines for how to build your program.

The chart looks at how many reps and sets you should do based on the weight of the lift. Essentially, it can be boiled down to the idea that the heavier the weight, the fewer reps you should do, and the fewer sets you should do too.

The lifter would start with 70% of their one rep max, and if they can do 3-6 reps per set with good form and good bar speed, then they are at the right range. If they are struggling, they should aim to lift slightly less for more reps. If they do too many reps with a weight, even if the weight 'feels light', then they may end up with poor form from fatigue.

Prilepin's principles are useful for powerlifters because the lifts are so taxing on the CNS. They are slow and less explosive than Olympic lifts, and this requires specific programming in order to ensure that they are completed successfully and that strength gains come from training.

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