By, Justin Purcell
So you want to be powerful? Choosing to move mountains on a daily basis is a big decision, and it’s definitely not the easiest choice in lifestyle. Besides dedication, pain, and failure your life will never be the same, and neither will your body. Now genetics definitely come into play, but choosing which type of power you want to harness should be the first step. Now you might have to try a couple different avenues before you truly figure out how your body will adapt and do best at. Power can be spread across numerous sports, and you also have to consider what the end result needs to be.
For example, if you want to gain 50lbs and compete in powerlifting you will have to choose which events you want to specialize in, and how your body fits the events best. On the other hand, if you want to gain 50lbs and pull fire trucks you’re going to have to train in a more functional manor, and develop overall body strength. The same goes for if you want to jump in the squared circle and toss opponents out of the ring, you will have to target power and flexibility while keeping endurance at a high level. There are powerful people spread across so many sports.
Power is in the eye of the beholder and it all starts with the first step. You should make a foundation with your diet, and you will build any type of power you want. Calories, Carbohydrates, Fats, and timing. Yes, timing! Timing is key in your diet to produce the results you need, and to fuel you to new PR’s. The best way to figure this out is to ask the people who have lived it, and make a basic guidelines off of that to see what works best for you. As a Strongman and Powerlifter I can attest to the absolute need to diet according to your sport and body. Below is my daily diet for overall functional strength, and it lends well to both sports. Keep in mind that I’m 6’1, and 305lbs and this is what my body needs to stay strong and to hold size:
Meal 1) 8am: Original Muscle Sandwich, and 6 egg whites with fresh spinach.
Meal 2) 11am: 6oz Bison, 4oz sweet potato, 1 full avocado, 4oz of broccoli
Meal 3) 2pm: Original Muscle Sandwich low carb protein shake mixed with 3oz of almond butter, and 4oz liquid egg whites.
Meal 4) 5pm: 6oz Sirloin, 4oz sweet potatoes, 4oz green beans Strongman Training at 6pm Meal 5) 8pm: 6oz Tilapia, 1 whole avocado, and a low carb protein shake. I use Java Pro!
Meal 6) 11pm: 5oz skirt steak with mushrooms, and 4 egg whites In Bed by Midnight Meal
7) 5am: Original Muscle Sandwich Protein shake
I maintain 5 gym training days of approximately 1.5-2 hours, and 1 day of Strongman Event training of 3 hours each week. I rest the day after Strongman training. I maintain this diet for a majority of the year. Without the diet I wouldn’t be able to compete at the level that I do, but I do so relatively lean, and I stay in great cardiovascular shape all year. Strength is amazing and there aren’t any limits!!!