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What is Power Lifting

What is powerlifting? In this Vision Personal Training article we delve into all things powerlifting. Click here to read more.
Fitness and Training
Fitness and Training

By Rhey B at Surry Hills

What is powerlifting?

Powerlifting, is an individualised sport in which competitors attempt to lift as much weight as possible for one repetition in the squat, bench press, and deadlift.

There are specific divisions, classified by several variables including weight class, age group, and experience level for each lifter. There are also subdivisions made between as "raw" and "geared" powerlifters, indicating whether or not the individual is wearing supportive equipment during the competition.

The competitions begin with the squat, proceeding with the bench press and ending with the deadlift. Three attempts are given to the lifter for each of

the lifts, totalling nine lifts during the event.

There are three official judges who collectively decide if the lift was good or bad. Good being displayed as white light and bad being displayed as red light after the lift. You only need two white lights for a successful lift.

My First Powerlifting Competition

I was introduced to powerlifting 2 years ago. My PT saw potential with my strength while I was squatting 2x my body weight (120kg) at the time and he suggested I start training for powerlifting instead of bodybuilding.

My first competition, my stats were 150kg Squat, 80kg Bench and 160kg Deadlift weighing at 59.9kg at the time.

My experience during the event was both amazing and exhausting. The atmosphere was unbelievable. If this is something you are interested in, call into the Studio and I can give you some advice.  


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