A lot of people decide to start powerlifting because it is one of the few sports that allow you to
eat whatever you want… Although, the better you eat, the better you will most likely perform. Here are
some benefits of tracking your food.
1. KNOW WHERE YOU ARE AT:
Tracking your food allows you to know what all you are consuming. How many calories, how
much protein, how many carbs, and how much fat. If you do not know what and how much you
are eating, then how can you make changes to get closer to your goal, whether that may be to
lose or gain weight. You can use an app like My Fitness Pal or you can just write it all out.
If you are trying to gain weight, then you have to make sure you are in a calorie surplus. Visa
versa when you are trying to lose weight. No matter what you goal may be, you want to make
small adjustments week to week. This will avoid hitting a plateau.
2. FOOD “SENSATIVITIES”:
Another benefit of tracking is that you can see trends of how certain foods make you feel. For
instance, some people get really bloated after eating brown rice. Squatting while bloated isn’t
very fun… So if you can catch that trend, you can switch your carb source that your body digests
better, like white rice.
When you track your food, you are more likely to stick to the plan. You are mindful of what you
are eating, or not eating.
4. EAT FOR PERFORMANCE:
By tracking your food intake, you can look back and see when you felt your strongest. What
macro layout worked best for you and your training? More carbs, more fats, smaller more
frequent meals, etc.
Some may think that you just go to the gym and lift all the weights. But in order to be the best you
can be, you have to put a little more thought into your training.
1. KEEP TRACK OF WEIGHTS:
Tracking your training allows you to know what weights you lifted. That way you can program
progress overload. The easiest way to do so is by writing everything out. Whether that be in a
notebook, a computer, or a special app.
2. HOW YOU FEEL FOR THAT DAY:
There are plenty of things that happen outside of the gym that can affect how you feel and how
your training goes on a day-to- day basis. Keeping track of things like your sleep quality/quantity,
if you had a stressful day, if you travelled, you didn’t get all your meals in, etc. can help you plan
training accordingly. For instance, you might have had an extremely stressful day at work, so
when you get to the gym later that day… You can plan to do a lighter workout. Example: DB
Bench Press instead of Competition Bench Press.
3. EXERCISE SELECTION:
Knowing what exercises you do will allow you to figure out which ones work best for you, and
which ones have to best carry-over to the platform. For instance, your Conventional Deadlift is
always 100lbs weaker than your Sumo Deadlift, therefore, if your Conventional Deadlift goes up,
then you know your Sumo will go up.
All this is good to be mindful of, that way you know what you’re doing, what you need to do next, what
you like, and what brought you the best results.