Power Lifting

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Powerlifting

Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. As in the sport of Olympic weightlifting, it involves lifting weights in three attempts. Powerlifting evolved from a sport known as “odd lifts”, which followed the same three-attempt format but used a wider variety of events, akin to strongman competition. Eventually odd lifts became standardized to the current three. In competition, lifts may be performed equipped or un-equipped (typically referred to as ‘raw’ lifting or ‘classic’ in the IPF specifically). Equipment in this context refers to a supportive bench shirt or squat/deadlift suit or briefs. In some federations, knee wraps are permitted in the equipped but not un-equipped division; in others, they may be used in both equipped and un-equipped lifting. Weight belts, knee sleeves, wrist wraps and special footwear may also be used, but are not considered when distinguishing equipped from un-equipped lifting. The roots of powerlifting are in traditions of strength training stretching back as far as Greek and Roman times.

Supportive equipment

Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. As in the sport of Olympic weightlifting, it involves lifting weights in three attempts. Powerlifting evolved from a sport known as “odd lifts”, which followed the same three-attempt format but used a wider variety of events, akin to strongman competition. Eventually odd lifts became standardized to the current three.

My last show was the USA Pro Qualifier in Vegas where I did not place, however this taught me a lot about more about why I am so passionate about fitness. There are so many different types of physiques – male and female – and you learn as you continue to grow.

Weight Classes:

  • Men: 52 kg, 56 kg, 60 kg, 67.5 kg, 75 kg, 82.5 kg,
  • Women: 44 kg, 48 kg, 52 kg, 56 kg, 60 kg, 67.5 kg, 75 kg
  • However, in 2011, the IPF introduced the following new weight classes

Age categories:

This depends on the federation generally but averages are as follows:

  • 15-18 (Sub-Jr), 19-23 (Jr), open (any age), masters (40+)
  • Men: 52 kg, 56 kg, 60 kg, 67.5 kg, 75 kg, 82.5 kg,
  • Women: 44 kg, 48 kg, 52 kg, 56 kg, 60 kg, 67.5 kg, 75 kg
  • However, in 2011, the IPF introduced the following new weight classes

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