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!
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