Learning from the best: Owen Hubbard

IPF World junior Champion, IPF European Silver Medalist, IPF World Silver Medalist 1600+ total at 181 body weight. Hubbard is a proficient up and comer in the IPF, he also works as a nutritionist and provides online coaching for a variety of clients across the world.

Hubbard is well known for his intensity nicknamed “Mr. Intensity” he represents the passion and raw emotion that is ingrained in the blood of the sport.

Hubbard is skilled in all aspects of powerlifting, benching 2.5 and squatting 3.3 times body weight respectively. Despite this, the most interesting and arguably skilled element of his powerlifting portfolio is the innate ability he has to grind out weights.

Owen Hubbard IPF Worlds 2016

As you can see in the video, Hubbard has the capability to get through tough weights like no one else in the sport. His opening squat in the video is really slow, for an opener. His second even slower, but, somehow he comes back grinds out a PR 3rd attempt. Hubbard knows how to consistently build a total. Later going on to hit a 456 bench and almost a 600-pound deadlift. An extremely balanced and consistent lifter.

But, what can we learn from his training methodology? Well, the first takeaway is practice how you play.

While it may seem that he is consistently exerting maximum effort on the platform, he is able to create a repeatable technique through continually training with high percentage weights throughout his cycles. Thus a training technique that resembles meet days is imperative to his success. This can be easily implemented into a training program, by taking heavy singles or doing overload work in the weeks leading into a meet can make all the difference when you are trying to grind out a 100% max attempt on the platform. This is one of the reasons I always input some form of AMRAP or heavy work into training plans for both my clients and myself.

The second lesson that we can take from Hubbard is to focus on your skills. While it is really important to build up your weaknesses and become a well-rounded powerlifter. It is equally necessary to focus on your areas of expertise. He could certainly be considered a squat and bench specialist. But, he hardly slacks with the deadlift. He continues to build up his bench and squat, becoming more proficient with his technique and continually getting stronger despite reaching the maturity era of his lifting career.

The third lesson we can gain from him is concerning his ability to get tight, creating a consistent and repeatable setup under the bar that cannot be underestimated. It is hard to get stronger without improving your technique and Hubbard certainly does not reject that, continuing to focus on high rep work as a means of controlling the weight more effectively. Also, allowing him to access the tremendous directly relevant strength he has accumulated over years of training.

Hubbard is an inspirational member of the powerlifting community, the continued success, passion and love for the sport representing the kind of positivity we need to achieve the growth the sport requires to become a part of the mainstream. Hopefully, people like Hubbard continue to expand the sport of powerlifting and bring even further competition to the highest level of the sport. So consider the takeaways from Hubbard’s style and remember strength has no limit!

 

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