Powerlifting, what is it?

This week we’re taking a look at the sport of Powerlifting – it’s a hot topic in the gyms at the moment as we have a team of athletes taking part in the Irish Drug Free Powerlifting Association’s National Championships this weekend in Gorey!

Before we get started, we just wanted to let you know about our Ten Weeks Strength Project – it begins next Monday and uses a lot of Powerlifting training principles as well as some bodybuilding and fat loss exercises. Check it out:

Ladies – www.purefitnessgyms.ie/ladiesstrength

Lads – www.purefitnessgyms.ie/mensstrength

Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift.

The roots of powerlifting and the traditions of strength training stretch back as far as Greek and Roman times.

The aim of the game is very simple – lift as much weight as possible, in each of the three lifts, for one single repetition.

One criticism that often gets thrown at powerlifting by people unfamiliar with the sport is the fact that the athletes are only training to lift the weight once.

This can seem strange and often appears a bit pointless; however this is far from the truth.
The maximum weight a person can lift for one repetition is very important. It is a benchmark against which you can very accurately judge many other performance aspects.

You can imagine it as similar to the “top speed” of a car. It is a precise figure of what the body is capable of.

By training your body for strength and steadily increasing your “top speed”, you can be certain that your capacity is also increasing across all other areas of performance.

A car that can do 200km per hour won’t struggle to travel at 100km per hour.

With that being said, we do not recommend every client should train purely for strength at the expense of other training methods.

Not everyone wants to be a powerlifter, and that is perfectly understandable.

However understanding that strength is the basis upon which you can build an amazing physique – for both men and women – will help you to achieve whatever fitness goals you have.

Most of our clients fall into a category of wanting to drop bodyfat, add some lean muscle tone and feel healthier and fitter.

They often don’t see powerlifting as a route to achieving these goals, however when programmed correctly alongside some higher repetition weightlifting and cardio – it can be the most effective tool for achieving those goals along with becoming much, much stronger too.

Keep an eye on our facebook page from Friday to Sunday this week when we’ll be posting live updates about the National Championships where we are confident Team Pure Fitness will be taking home a few National Records!

Talk soon!

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