The establishment of the IPF in 1973 spurred the establishment of the EPF (European Powerlifting Federation) in 1974. Since it was closely associated with bodybuilding and women had been competing as bodybuilders for years, the new sport was opened to them very quickly. The first U. S. national championships for women were held in 1978 and the IPF added women's competition in 1979. In the USA, the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 required that each Olympic or potential Olympic sport must have its own national governing body by November 1980. As a result, the AAU lost control of virtually every amateur sport. The . was founded in 1980 as the new national governing body for American powerlifting.
My version of slow cutting really isn’t slow at all: I’d advise you to lose between -% of your body weight per week. For most average sized males, this works out to about 1- per week or so. Obviously, this is going to be proportionate to your current body weight.
The reason that I prefer to keep the cuts “slow”, at least relative to, say, Lyle McDonald’s Rapid Fatloss Diet , is that this allows us to keep food intake as absolutely high as possible while we diet. The higher intake is, the more energy substrate we keep in our system, the better we perform, and the better we recover. This is a huge deal. Maintaining performance during dieting is one of the key factors that determines how much muscle you keep.
Additionally, when you diet “too fast”, you influence P-Ratio negatively. The faster you diet, the more likely you are to lose muscle during the process. By keeping intake as high as possible, and by dieting at a reasonable rate, we can minimize the risk of losing muscle and strength.
Even still, ~% of body weight lost per week is much faster than our bulking rate and we’ll still be spending much of the year in a caloric surplus.
Because ultimately, the best lifter award ought to be awarded to the person with the most relative strength because, after all, powerlifting is a sport of relative strength – how much you lift relative to how much you weigh. You should realize by now that relative strength isn’t as straightforward as taking a simple ratio of how much you lift divided by how much you weigh. However, the basic principle at the heart of relative strength is that if you’re comparing two people who are equally skilled with similar body fat percentages (within 5-10% or so), they should have similar relative strength. And, quite frankly, superheavyweights generally have quite a bit more body fat than the top competitors in the weight-capped categories. As we saw, only the lightest superheavyweight with an all-time record (Ilyes Boughalem) still had an allometric scaling score that was competitive with the record holders in weight-capped categories.