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By Marcus | In Lifting | on December 20, 2010

The legendary Ed Coan squatting 920 lbs

As you have probably heard by now, the Intrepid Weightlifting Club (WLC) has officially gotten off the ground. As mentioned yesterday, we now have an events tab that will be tracking upcoming meets where the Intrepid WLC will be able to test their skills. With all this talk of the Olympic lifts, some of you may not be as aware of powerlifting, a cousin to weightlifting.

In the 1950s, powerlifting gained momentum in the US and England as American interest in the Oly lifts waned. So what were the differences? First of all, those pesky kilos were ditched and weights were measured in pounds, as many of you are used to seeing in globogyms today. The lifts themselves were unlike the snatch and clean and jerk as well, originally consisting of the back squat, the bench press and strict curls. These lifts are also known as the “slow lifts” as they don’t consist of the same level of explosiveness as the Olympic lifts. Eventually curls were replaced with deadlifts, although there are a few federations that still feature curls as part of their competitions.

Much like a weightlifting competition, athletes get 3 (and occasionally 4) attempts at each lift — with their best valid lift counting towards their total. There are also age groups and weight classes, however the weights do not match up to the classes used in Olympic competitions. Also unlike weightlifting competitions, in powerlifting there are often opportunities to pick and choose which events you wish to enter. There are bench press only competitions, push-pull (which is bench and deadlift) and full powerlifting (squat, bench and deadlift). You can potentially enter all three variations at the same event (for 3 separate entry fees) with the chance to snag 3 different award spots.

Undoubtedly you are familiar with these lifts as part of your normal training here at Intrepid, just like you have had ample exposure to the Olympic lifts. Keep an eye on that event tab, as we will be also adding upcoming powerlifting events to the calendar. If you look into the events, you may also see geared vs. raw competitions. This is different from Olympic lifting in that there are specialized suits that have been developed to aid in the squat and bench. We will be encouraging people to enter raw contests at least until you have significant experience under your belt. Please post to comments if you may be interested in trying your hand in this arena!

WOD 12.20.10

Clean 4×3

Then, for time:



  • OHS
  • Burpees

Compare to 06.12.10

13 Comments to "Powerlifting"

  • Nick says:

    December 20, 2010 at 8:10 AM -

    I am 100% in Marcus.

  • Scott says:

    December 20, 2010 at 9:13 AM -

    “First of all, those pesky kilos were ditched and weights were measured in pounds, as many of you are used to seeing in globogyms today”…..and at Intrepid!! Are we switching to Kilos to rock it old school?? Just kidding.

    Nice post Marcus. I had no idea about any of this. Very interesting. Thanks!

  • melissa says:

    December 20, 2010 at 9:26 AM -

    if you can hang on until the end, this is kind of funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxs6YkXKVpc&feature=player_embedded

  • Scott says:

    December 20, 2010 at 11:01 AM -

    Melissa, That’s hysterical. Marcus, you bringing the Kool Aid tonight? :)

    1. Marcus says:

      December 20, 2010 at 11:10 AM -

      @Scott – Youtube is blocked at work, so I can’t see it. From Melissa I’ll just assume it’s bad and increase her burpee debt.

  • Matt says:

    December 20, 2010 at 11:43 AM -

    Where were all the young, rule following Intrepids this am? An old, married guy with child cannot be counted on to register for class. Lesson learned, but probably forgotten already.

    1. Marcus says:

      December 20, 2010 at 1:11 PM -

      @Matt – Sorry you weren’t able to get your workout in this AM! Unfortunately, it’s really necessary to have people register for class when we have substitutes. I’m not sure if Sean shows up regardless of reservations, but for our subs to make the drive in if it looks like no one will be there isn’t the best use of their time.

      I can understand you may not wish to commit to days in advance — in case your schedule changes. However, the system doesn’t lock until one hour prior to class. I would assume the mornings you attend you know if you’re going to be in by 5:30am and can grab a spot (or cancel) then. Hopefully that will work for you in the future!

  • Melina says:

    December 20, 2010 at 4:07 PM -

    I would have registered if anyone else had, but I didn’t want to be the only one in the gym on a rainy morning so I slept in.

  • melissa says:

    December 20, 2010 at 5:25 PM -

    @melina i like your style. :)

    @marcus funny funny, clown. i hope it pleases you to know that shortly after i read your melissa-bashing material i threw up and left work early and have been in a sleep coma since. it may be some sort of bug and *not* have anything to do with you, but i don’t have concrete proof either way. :)

    1. ruth says:

      December 20, 2010 at 7:38 PM -

      Hey Matt, I’ll change the sign in time to 30 min ahead when I get back in town. Hopefully that’ll help!

  • Mark Miller says:

    December 20, 2010 at 9:05 PM -

    Matt: My bad – I knew I would be able to get to the airport in time.

    I’ve signed up for tomorrow morning just in case. :-)

  • Matt W says:

    December 20, 2010 at 10:29 PM -

    I am counting on you Mark! I will be there come rain or rain.

  • CrossFit Intrepid » Eggs and Sausage Hash says:

    December 23, 2010 at 6:06 AM -

    […] to get a 45+ gram protein breakfast and feel full for a majority of the morning. Following up on Monday’s post, there happens to be a powerlifting meet coming up in February 2011 that I was just made aware of. […]

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