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What is Powerlifting?
Powerlifting is the ultimate merge of Strength and Speed to produce power.
Powerlifters compete in classes determined by age and body weight to move the largest possible loads across three distinct lifts. The three lifts are the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift.
A competitor is graded on the best of 3 attempts in each of the lifts, the total is then added up to determine the best lifter in each class. The lifters class is determined by both their current age and body weight, with age categories ranging from 14 to 80 years old. Powerlifting has body weight categories for both men and women athletes; these weight categories are ranging from 47Kg to over 120kg lifters.
The lift starts with the lifter standing erect and the bar loaded with weights resting on the lifter,s shoulders. At the referee’s command the lift begins. The lifter bends his knees and lowers himself into a squatting position with the hips slightly below parallel position. The lifter returns to an erect position. At the referees command the bar is returned to the rack and the lift is completed.
With his or her back resting on the bench, the lifter takes the loaded bar at arm’s length. At the referee’s command the powerlifter lowers the bar to the chest. On the chest there must be a visible pause. The powerlifter pushes the weight up until the arms are straight and the elbows locked. Then the referee will call ‘rack’ and the lift is completed as the weight is retuned to the rack.
The deadlift is often described as the king of the powerlifting disciplines. In the deadlift the athlete grasps the loaded bar which is resting on the platform floor. The powerlifter pulls the weights off the floor and assumes a standing erect position. The knees must be locked and shoulders back with the weight held in the lifters’s grip. At the referees command the bar will be returned to the floor under the control of the lifter.