Game Day For Powerlifting: World Class Strategies To Beat Your Competition



The Strongest Powerlifters Don’t Always Win!

Even though powerlifting is a game of lifting as much weight as possible…

I’ve seen countless times while coaching at the World Championships that the strongest powerlifters on paper aren’t the ones who stand on top of the podium at the end of the day.

This is because there are so many factors that go into a successful game day performance.

And missing lifts can happen for any number of reasons…

  • Did you cut too much weight?
  • Did you overtrain during your peaking cycle?​
  • Did you accurately time your warm-ups?​
  • Did you select the right attempts that reflect your training progress?

This is why you need a Comprehensive Game-Day Strategy.

Physical Strength Is Only One Part Of Your Game-Day Strategy.

Many powerlifters think they just need to get stronger to be successful on the platform.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Training will get you physically strong, but strength alone doesn’t let you realize your potential.

For example…

  • Do you get nervous?
  • Do you know how to leverage every possible rule in the rulebook to your advantage?
  • ​​Do you know how to modify your warm-ups if you don’t have as much time as you thought?
  • Do you know when you should or shouldn’t go up in weight after missing an attempt?

​​ Do you know how to adjust your attempt selection in the heat of the moment?

​​ Do you know how to take into account the tactics used by other coaches and athletes who want to beat you?

Having A Complete Game-Day Strategy Involves Not Just Knowing Your Physical Strength…

But mastering the mental and tactical sides of the sport as well.

This Is What The Best Powerlifters In The World Have Figured Out.

And, It’s How You Win Powerlifting Competitions.


Having coached over 100 National-level powerlifters and serving as Team Canada’s Head Powerlifting Coach, I’m painfully aware of the demand for proper game-day strategies.

Lifters put in all of the hard work training for a competition, and then fail to understand the variables within the competition that let them compete at the highest levels.

Athletes and coaches alike have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and can spend hours talking about how to optimize every little part of their technique or programming.


They don’t bring that same level of attention to detail around game-day strategy.

Unfortunately, the only way that you can currently learn about game-day strategy is by going head-to-head with another athlete, and then having to figure it out as you’re competing.

This is like being sent to war and then having to figure out how to use a gun when you’re already in battle.

With this online course, you’ll learn everything you need to know to be successful on game day.

I’ll walk you through step-by-step how I’ve managed every aspect of the game day environment to create World Champions.

An Effective Powerlifting Game Day Strategy For Maximizing Game Day Success Relies On:

An attempt selection strategy that goes beyond just what you ‘want to lift’.

Sure, you may want to lift a specific number, but identifying whether you should go for it or not should be based on certain meet variables.

Putting together a plan that is based on clearly defined goals.

Your attempt selection strategy will be VERY different depending on whether you want to make the podium versus simply setting some personal best numbers.

Understanding each element of the competition.

In order to put up successful numbers on the platform, you need to have a successful weigh-in and warm-up process.

Having a holistic process.

Quick hacks and general frameworks don’t work, not if you want to beat your competition.

Having a contingency plan when things don’t go your way.

If you plan your game day strategy around the ‘perfect scenario’, you are setting yourself up for failure. You need to have plans in place for when things go wrong.

Mastering your mental energy.

Powerlifting competitions are mentally taxing. You need to learn how to manage your mental energy so you’re in the right frame of mind to perform at your best when it matters the most.

Knowing how to read a live scoresheet.

If you’re battling other athletes within a few kilos, you need to select attempts based on the dynamics of the scoresheet, not how much weight you think you can lift.


Introducing: Game Day For Powerlifting

The Only Online Course For Powerlifters To Learn About How To Maximize Their Game Day Results & Beat Their Competitors

Here's What You Get When You Join Today:

  • 4 Module Video Course
  • ​27 Video Lessons: In-depth theory and practice of game day strategy (11 hours of content).

Valued at: $1997

  • 6 Over The Shoulder Case Study Videos
  • ​Case Studies: Of live-scoresheets where we analyze how lifters beat out their competition and why certain attempt selection decisions were made.

Valued at: $997

  • Video Training On Controlling The Environment
  • ​Video Training: Instructions on how to control every aspect of your environment, from weighing in, warming up, and competing.

Valued at: $997

  • Video Training On Past World Championships
  • ​Video Training: Stories from past World Championships that serve as strong examples for why or why you should not implement a specific competition strategy.

Valued at: $497

  • Video Training On Attempt Selection Strategy
  • ​Video Training: A deep dive into the powerlifting rules that impact attempt selection and how you can manipulate them to your advantage.

Valued at: $997

  • Free Lifetime Access To The Video Course



Bonus #1: 30-MINUTE LESSON from Leanna Carr, Mental Performance Coach

Leanna will provide tools and strategies to manage your emotions on game day, including how to get ‘hyped up’ for a big lift and how to cope with missing a lift.

Valued at: $297

Bonus #2: 60-MINUTE LESSON from Matt Gary, Former USA Powerlifting Head Coach

Matt will discuss the statistics behind attempt selection strategy, and how you can optimize your performance to go 9-for-9.

Valued at: $297

Apply The Theory Faster With Live Scoresheet

I’ve spent the last year recording live game day scoresheets.

The scoresheet is a critical part of learning game-day strategy, and it’s something you don’t get while watching the competition replay.

When you watch a live score-sheet, you get to see the attempts as they’re happening, and how it impacts who lifts first, who moves in or out of position, and how to ‘run the math’ to beat your competitors.

This Is Why I’ve Included Case Studies From:

  • ​2019 IPF World Powerlifting Championships – 47KG Open Category: Teaching you how you can go from 5th to 3rd with the right deadlift attempt selection strategy.
  • ​​2019 IPF World Powerlifting Championships – 72KG Junior Category: Teaching you what NOT to do when going for a record, and how to come out on top when you’re battling 4 other lifters for the podium.
  • ​​2019 IPF World Powerlifting Championships – 63KG Junior Category: Teaching you why you can NEVER count anybody out, even when you think they have no chance.
  • ​​2019 CPU Nationals – 84KG M3 Category: Teaching you why increasing your opener has amazing benefits.
  • ​​2020 CPU Nationals – 105KG Equpped Category: Teaching you how to do ‘quick math’ to outsmart your competition and what to do when you miss an attempt to still stay in the game.



4 Module Video Course

With 27 Video Lessons on in-depth theory and practice of game day strategy (11 hours of content).

$1997 (Value)
6 Over The Shoulder Case Study Videos

Of live-scoresheets where we analyze how lifters beat out their competition and why certain attempt selection decisions were made..

$997 (Value)
Special Training on Controlling The Environment

Instructions on how to control every aspect of your environment, from weighing in, warming up, and competing.

$997 (Value)
Special Training on Past World Championships

Stories from past World Championships that serve as strong examples for why or why you should not implement a specific competition strategy.

$497 (Value)
Special Training on Attempt Selection Strategy

A deep dive into the powerlifting rules that impact attempt selection and how you can manipulate them to your advantage.

$997 (Value)
Fast Action Bonus #1: 30 Minutes Session with Leanna Carr
$297 (Value)
Fast Action Bonus #2: 60 Minute Session with Matt Gary
$297 (Value)
Get it for only $297


The Best Thing You Can Get For Your Powerlifting Is Our Powerlifting Powerpack
The Powerlifting Powerpack will give you access to Pursuit of Strength, First Time Powerlifter, and Game Day for Powerlifting Course to give you all the tools and Techniques To WIN IN YOUR MEETS.
Game Day for Powerlifting Course

​4 Module Video Course with 27 Lessons (11 hours of content).
​6 Over The Shoulder Case Study Videos.
​Special Training on Controlling The Environment.
​Special Training on Past World Championships.
​Special Training on Attempt Selection Strategy.
​Bonus #1: 30 Minutes Session with Leanna Carr.
​Bonus #2: 60 Minute Session with Matt Gary.
Powerlifting Powerpack


Powerlifting Powerpack gives you access to Game Day for Powerlifting, Pursuit of Strength and the First Time Powerlifter courses.

​Everything in Game Day for Powerlifting course. PLUS…
​First Time Powerlifter Course – 49 Video Lessons across 13 modules going deep into the theory and practice of competing in powerlifting (8 hours of total content).
​Pursuit of Strength Course – 106 video lessons across 10 modules, going in-depth into the theory and practice of powerlifting techniques, details of each movement, common deficiencies, and how to correct them.

So, I’m going to ask you to do one thing over the next 30 days.

Go through all of the videos, including each of the case studies and the two bonus lessons from Leanna Carr and Matt Gary. Take notes on things that seem relevant to yourself as an athlete or coach.
Pick 1 or 2 pieces of advice that you’ve noted and then think about how you will implement them on game day the next time you compete.

If you try this, and don’t believe it’s made any impact on you (or can make any difference as you keep working on them), then return the course to me within the next 30 days.

I’ll give you every dollar back. No questions asked.

Everything here is what I’ve used to develop powerlifters at the highest level, but you need to feel comfortable that it will help YOU.

Enroll in the course, learn the principles and practice the technique changes for 30 days.

Then let me know how it’s working for you (good or bad).

If it does not work out for you, contact me and I will refund your every penny.

In Game Day for Powerlifting

I start by teaching you the game-day basics and then ramp-up your knowledge to be able to understand advanced strategies that will aid you in higher levels of competition.

This is a tiny part of what you’ll uncover in the Game Day for Powerlifting…
​My tips for lifting in a 1, 2, or 3 flight session
​How I use the referees and other volunteers to my advantage.
​​How I time warm-ups properly and how I modify them based on meet day factors (plus why I never let any of my athletes take warm-ups after the change deadline even when it might make sense to do so).
​​1 (One) clever hack to be able to change opening attempts after the change deadline.
​​Why I believe the second attempt to be the most important attempt in any scenario.
​​How to assess performance based on training evidence vs competition evidence.
​​3 reasons why it might make sense to research your competitors.
​​How missing an attempt should impact the rest of your game-day strategy.
​How to use your third attempt deadlift changes to trick your competitors into doing something that’s outside their reach.
​​​My “walk and talk” method for managing stress.
​​​How to increase your chance of overturning an attempt with the jury.
​​My 1 strategy on moving into position even when you’re out of position based on lot number.
​Why I think athletes should have two coaches on game day and what their roles should be.
​​How to select your attempts if you’re going head-to-head with 2, 3, or 4 competitors (not just one).
​​How to use the ‘chip’ to your advantage.
​​The reasons why you need to always know the prognosis.

What Other Powerlifters Are Saying

“Avi Silverberg is someone who takes all of these factors into consideration, along with a multitude of others, when working with his athletes. Avi handled my numbers at the 2014 IPF world championships, where I was fortunate enough to win a world title.
I can vividly remember the precision in Avi’s attempt selection and how impressed I was with it. He would also make sure that all of my warm-ups were timed and loaded correctly, so all I had to do was go have fun and hit the lifts. The simple things really can go along way during competition. This powerlifting course is loaded with well-researched, high-quality content. Avi is in the constant pursuit of furthering his knowledge and will pass years of practical and academic experience along to the audience, for a fraction of the cost.”
Josh Hancott
2014 Junior World Champion


“When Avi coached me at worlds I put all my faith in him. I am so happy I did. Not only did Avi say the things I outlined in my “meet day sheet”, he changed my attempt for my last deadlift at the very last second, not allowing my competitor to change, and putting me in the drivers seat and on the podium.
I am certain most coaches would not have played the play to perfection this way. Making an attempt change too soon, too late, not knowing lot numbers, rules etc are all game changers and ways to lose the game. If you get the chance to learn from the best, Avi, take it. I can undoubtedly say Avi is one of the most knowledgeable game day coaches out there. I can also say with confidence he is one of the reasons I stood on the podium to represent Canada at my first worlds.”
Stef Kean
2X World Bronze Medalist


Here's what you learn inside the
Game Day Powerlifting Course:


  • Introduction
  • ​Why Do We Compete?
  • ​The Basics: Weight Classes, Age Classes, Divisions, & Awards
  • Weigh-In Protocols & Things To Do When You Show Up
  • ​The “Round System” & Timing
  • ​Competition Personnel: How To Leverage Them To Your Advantage
  • ​Referee Commands: Controlling Your Enviornment
  • ​Warm-Up Strategy (Part 1): Pre-Activities
  • ​Warm-Up Strategy (Part 2): Timing
  • ​Warm-Up Strategy (Part 3): Attempts
  • ​Warm-Up Strategy (Part 4): Exceptions
  • ​Attempt Selection Strategy (Part 1): How To Use Training Evidence
  • ​Attempt Selection Strategy (Part 2): How To Adapt The Plan
  • ​Attempt Selection Strategy (Part 3): How To Go Head-To-Head
  • ​Appeals (Part 1): What You Can Appeal
  • ​Appeals (Part 2): How You Should Appeal
  • ​Researching Your Competitors: Best Practices


    Matt Gary: World Class Attempt Selection


  • How To Read A Live Scoresheet
  • ​Case Study 1: 2019 CPU Nationals 84kg+ M3
  • ​Case Study 2: 2019 IPF World Championships 47kg Open
  • ​Case Study 3: 2019 IPF World Championships 63kg Junior
  • ​Case Study 4: 2019 IPF World Championships 72kg Junior Bench Press
  • ​Case Study 5: 2019 IPF World Championships 72kg Junior Deadlift
  • ​Case Study 6: 2020 CPU Nationals 105kg Equipped Open


    Leanna Carr: Applied Sport Psychology


Your Instructors

Avi Silverberg

Most people know me as Team Canada’s powerlifting coach, but I spent years competing – 11 National Championships and 3 World Bench Press Championships – before moving into coaching.

​I grabbed a World Bronze bench press medal
​Broke the National Equipped Bench Press record in the 120kg / 264lbs weight class (lifting 300kg/661lbs).
​​Competed at the Arnold Sport Festival four times.
​​And still rank 5th on the all-time Canadian Bench Press rankings.

But for the past 10 years, I’ve been helping powerlifters like you hone their performance at the highest level.

Over 100 National-level powerlifters have worked with me, and I’ve served as the Head Coach for Team Canada Powerlifting at eight events since 2012.


Leanna Car

Leanna holds a Masters degree in Sport-Exercise Psychology. She is currently working toward her PhD in psychophysiology, which is the study of how physiology connects with psychological processes.

Leanna is a strength and conditioning/mental performance coach and works with athletes competing in Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, and bodybuilding. She places a high value on strategies rooted in scientific principles, but also acknowledges the importance of anecdotal and individual experience.

Outside of work and study, Leanna is a nationally-ranked USA Powerlifting competitor and has competed at the Arnold Sports Festival in the 63kg class.


Matt Gary

Matt Gary will be instructing you on how to optimize your performance to go 9-for-9.

Matt is a 25-year veteran of competitive powerlifting. He is a USAPL Senior International Coach and has coached at the highest levels in powerlifting both as an assistant and head coach on the USAPL Men and Women’s Open National Teams since 2003.

Matt was also the head coach of the USA Men’s Team at the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In 2012, Matt was named the USAPL Coach of the Year and is currently the Coaching Education Director.

Learn Game Day Strategies To Beat Your Competition, Win The Meet And Get The Medal!