HRV Case Study of a Powerlifter with Cerebral Palsy Preparing for Competition


Shortly after my relocation to Alabama, I was given the opportunity  to oversee the competition preparation of a young powerlifter who had been training here at the AUM Human Performance Lab under the care of Dr. Mike Esco and his staff. He was about 5 weeks out from competition at the time of my arrival. Below is a detailed account of the training program with HRV data, training load and sleep score.

The athlete is a 22 year old male with Cerebral Palsy and can therefore only compete in the Bench Press. He competes in the 123lb weight class (actual weight is 121). His best competition lift was 200lbs recorded this past February at his first competition.

After observing a couple of workouts, I could see that Zarius was missing out on some poundage due to technical flaws. The focus of the program was therefore to improve his bench press…

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