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Q&A: Tapering Before a Competition | Brad Gillingham

Question: "Going into a powerlifting meet do I need to taper the week before, or when should I start tapering before the competition?"

I have utilized the same type of taper most of my powerlifting career. As a Heavyweight lifter I typically always compete on Sundays.  My typical training week consists of deadlift on Monday, heavy bench on Wednesday and heavy squat on Friday. I finish training these lifts two weeks prior to competition.  The week of the competition I train speed squats and speed bench on Monday along with some general light assistance work.  After Monday I rest up until meet day.  

- Brad Gillingham

Posted on May 4, 2016


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