As discussed in a previous article Specificity in powerlifting the key to becoming a good powerlifter is to specifically train the power lifts (Squat, Benchpress and Deadlift) but the question “Is there a benefit of doing cross training for powerlifting?” . The short answer is yes, and here are the reasons why.
What is Cross Training
Cross training is participating or training for an alternative sport from your primary one, in this case powerlifting.
Powerlifting benefit from cross training
Cross Training prevents injury and boredom.
Cross training for powerlifting reduces the risk of repetitive injury, including knee, elbow and shoulder problems and promoting better muscle balance. Often the training program for competitive lifting can be considered boring, adding in a training session for an alternate sport, or playing a casual game of another sport with friends can lead to better adherence to a strict training regime.
Cross-training can help condition the entire body
Most sports, including powerlifting rely on a specific combination of muscles, which means the other muscles are somewhat neglected. Quality cross-training helps make sure those less specific muscles are also trained.
Cross-training for active recovery
Active recovery is an important aspect of recovering from your last intense training session and preparing for your next. Light training sessions or cross training that focus on alternate muscles are great for furthering overall fitness and speeding your recovery efforts.
Remember, any serious athlete knows that over training the same muscles day in and day out only leads to injury and less successful performance, so mix it up a little with the occasional cross training session.