The Sport of Powerlifting

Written on: March 5, 2018

On February 17th, I had the honor of taking part in a powerlifting competition. I was the coach of Melissa Andrews, our massage therapist/part-time weight lifting beast. As this was my very first powerlifting experience I learned a great deal about how much powerlifting is in fact much more of a sport than I ever imagined!

What is Powerlifting?

For those of who do not know, powerlifting is a weight lifting sport that consists of three big lifts: squat, bench and deadlift. The whole idea behind powerlifting is, “How much weight can I pick up, and then put back down?” In some senses, it is not complicated. In many ways, it is possibly the most complex set of exercises that have ever been comprised by mankind.

The barbell squat, as many of us know, is a complicated exercise that involves many muscular and nervous system reactions throughout your body. The bench, although criticized as the “meat head” lift, also comprises of several different techniques and stability actions. And finally the deadlift is a multi-joint, multi-facet and multi-resource lift that requires basically your entire frame being in good positions.

What is so Cool About it?

Besides the aspect of “pick it up, now put it down,” powerlifting is an incredibly strategic sport. Each lifter gets three attempts at each lift. So, in Melissa’s case, she got three attempts at her squat, her bench press and her deadlift. What is so important about knowing your weights? As a competing powerlifter if you do not get your weight up, you cannot go down in weight. So if you try to squat 200 pounds and fail, you cannot try 195. This means that each of your attempts has a purpose and must be intentional!

Come talk to me or any other NoCo Fitness trainer if you would like to know more about powerlifting. This is not something you want to tackle by yourself. There is a safe and careful way to go about powerlifting. Obviously, you have to have respect for the weights and most importantly you need to be aware of joint health. Getting tips and pointers from a professional can help increase your weight and strength without compromising your joints.

By: Tanner Porter

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