Powerlifting: Maximal Effort Method

By Shane Sweatt and Laura Phelps-Sweatt

In HD Videos, Powerlifting, Reference

June 01, 2012

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At Westside Barbell, Shane Sweatt lives by the maximal-effort method.

It’s a conjugate system, “which is exactly what you guys do,” he says in this CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer Course.

The rotation of exercises not only allows for variety but can also be a useful coaching tool, says Sweatt, who is accompanied by elite powerlifter Laura Phelps-Sweatt.

“A great thing about conjugate is if I have a client come in and I can just see that they’re off that day … what I like to do is I give them an exercise they’ve never done before. Let ’em set a PR,” he explains. “I’m not going to kick them while they’re down. I want to build them up.”

A couple of weeks later, when the client is feeling good again, Sweatt takes a different approach.

“I’m going to take them to a movement that is either going to translate to an event coming up or … I’m going to take them to a personal record that I know is going to mean something to them.”

He adds: “It’s a lot easier to get in the gym when you’re getting results, right?”

9min 59sec

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Additional reading: Left-Coast Westside by Mark Bell, published Feb. 16, 2011.

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3 Comments on “Powerlifting: Maximal Effort Method”


wrote …

Awesome. Shane and Laura, Louie Simmons, Mark Bell and Jesse Burdick are the only people that should be teaching the power lift systems and techniques to CrossFitters. Thank you HQ for making them a part of the CrossFit community.


wrote …

I love these articles and videos. They are very informative and entertaining. The wealth of information from just one source is awsome. I've started dabling with WODs off the main sight about three months ago, after not doing exercises for 20 years. I use to wrestle in high school and did some power lifting after high school, but stopped after a few years because I did'nt like the lack of conditioning I had created in myself. Ironically, I liked to run and lift heavy things both, but I hated trying to train for both. I started jogging again last year after 19 yrs. of nothing, but I missed the strength and power I use to have and gave it up about 6 months ago. This summer, I gave these WODs a try and OH MY GOD! I am weak and deconditioned. However, I've been sticking with them as best as I can and wow, I can't believe the improvements in not only my conditioning but strength as well! Doing these WODs is encouraging my to take up power lifting again.


wrote …

Great video. Very informative. I have one question though. On the DE days what percentages and sets would I use if I had no bands or chains for wekk 1-3? And I would love to buy some bands. what type should I buy if I bench 315, squat 405, and deadlift 465?

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