Maliek Derstine

Maliek Derstine is a competitive powerlifter and sports programmer who has been competing since the age of 13. He began powerlifting as an extension of high school off-season training regimen and entered his first teenage competition after only five weeks of learning the competition lifts. He notes the "individual nature of pushing personal limitations and competition" as reasons for his love of powerlifting. Maliek's accomplishments include winning the IPF Powerlifting Jr. title in 2011 and more recently being the all-time total record holder for the 181-pound/82.5-kilogram weight division. He also has experience in strength and conditioning, coaching at the high school level for over four years. His goal as a member of elitefts is to provide quality insight and information into the development of superior performance of athletes and coaches within the strength community. He believes that an athlete's greatest asset is their ability to inspire and educate others around them to also achieve success and greatness. Maliek's best raw lifts include a 778-pound squat, 540-pound bench, 677-pound deadlift, and 1930-pound total in the 198-pound weight class.

 
The Role of Federations in Powerlifting
The Role of Federations in Powerlifting
Powerlifting is a sport of continual evolution. In understanding federations today, it is important to note not only the evolution of powerlifting athlete, but also the history of why most powerlifting federations came into existence.
Off-Season Case Study #1 — Examining Weakness And Implementing Corrective Measures
Off-Season Case Study #1 — Examining Weakness And Implementing Correctiv...
In this case, we examine a young competitive athlete who has limited experience and is facing several serious issues in his squat, bench press, and deadlift.
The Yearly Training Plan of the Strength Athlete: Transitioning From Competitive Training Into Off-Season Training Modules
The Yearly Training Plan of the Strength Athlete: Transitioning From Com...
Once the competitive season commences, the athlete will need to be transitioned into a contrasting training paradox, otherwise known as the off-season.
WATCH: Table Talk Compilation Series — Maliek Derstine
WATCH: Table Talk Compilation Series — Maliek Derstine
All in one article, we revisit Dave and Maliek's discussion on sticking points, longevity, equipped powerlifting transitions, and challenges a lifter must face when following a percentage-based training program.
Athletic Responsibilities in a Competitive Environment
Athletic Responsibilities in a Competitive Environment
It is of great importance for all involved in sport participation, especially athletes, to understand what is exactly being asked of them when they make the choice to compete.
The Yearly Training Plan of the Strength Athlete — Adapting Evaluations into Training Practice
The Yearly Training Plan of the Strength Athlete — Adapting Evaluations ...
Evaluating your training protocol is only the first step. The real differences are made by enacting them into the practicals of training.
The Yearly Training Plan of the Strength Athlete — When the Barbell Is Taken for Granted
The Yearly Training Plan of the Strength Athlete — When the Barbell Is T...
I was warned of not taking it for granted and it burned me at the one competition I had my sights on for months.
WATCH: Table Talk — Flaws of Percentage-Based Programming and Training
WATCH: Table Talk — Flaws of Percentage-Based Programming and Training
In this video, Maliek and Dave discuss the problems with percentage-based training and share alternative methods for strength programming.
WATCH: Table Talk —  Problems with Gear and the Qualities of Great Powerlifting Coaches
WATCH: Table Talk — Problems with Gear and the Qualities of Great Power...
Joining Dave for another video, Maliek discusses the challenges faced by lifters who attempt to compete both raw and in gear.
WATCH: Table Talk — Sticking Points and Longevity for Raw vs Gear
WATCH: Table Talk — Sticking Points and Longevity for Raw vs Gear
In this video, Dave and special guest Maliek Derstine discuss the topics of sticking points and longevity for raw lifters vs geared lifters.
The Yearly Training Plan of the Strength Athlete — In-Season Management and Outlook
The Yearly Training Plan of the Strength Athlete — In-Season Management ...
There are three very important priorities for a strength athlete to keep in focus during a competitive year.
An Introduction to the Yearly Training Plan of the Strength Athlete
An Introduction to the Yearly Training Plan of the Strength Athlete
In this first article of the series we look at the underlying purpose of a strength athlete's training and the importance of the mesocycle.

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