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Influence of Compressive Gear on Powerlifting Performance: Role of Blood Flow Restriction Training

Godawa, Travis M.; Credeur, Daniel P.; Welsch, Michael A.

The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: May 2012 - Volume 26 - Issue 5 - p 1274–1280
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3182510643
Original Research

Godawa, TM, Credeur, DP, and Welsch, MA. Influence of compressive gear on powerlifting performance: Role of blood flow restriction training. J Strength Cond Res 26(5): 1274–1280, 2012—This study investigated the effects of powerlifting gear on training volume and performance, defined by the squat, bench press, and deadlift. Eighteen powerlifters (18–26 years) were randomized into either a group that trained and competed using compressive gear (CG) or without the gear (NON). Training volume, volume progression, and powerlifting performance were assessed before and after 10 weeks of training. Training volume increased in the first 4 weeks for both groups. Volume lifted for squat and the totals were greater in the CG. There was an increase in squat (19.05 ± 30.97 lb, p = 0.02), deadlift (19.05 ± 21.17 lb, p = 0.001), and the total score (44.00 ± 60.44 lb, p = 0.005) for both the groups. The improvements in squat (CG = 33.85 vs. NON = 5.74, p = 0.07) and totals (CG = 66.59 vs. NON = 23.67, p = 0.15) were greater in the CG. Both groups showed a significant and similar increase in the Wilks scores (+13.54 points, p = 0.03). There was a trend toward greater volume progression in those wearing CG during the initial stages of training. Both the groups significantly improved performance for the squat, and deadlift, and had higher totals, and Wilks scores, indicating significant strength gains. The greater magnitude of improvements in the squat and totals for the CG lifters suggests an ergogenic potential of training with powerlifting gear.

Department of Kinesiology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Address correspondence to Michael A. Welsch,

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