Powerlifting is a strength sport consisting of three events:
1. The SQUAT
2. The Benchpress
3. The Deadlift
Powerlifting meets take place across the world. It has also been a Paralympic sport since 1984 and is also a World Games sport.
Competitors are judged against other lifters of the same gender, weight class, and age group.
Single lift meets are often held, sometimes alongside a normal 3-lift event. This is most common in the bench press.
This, well the original (1st EVER) POWER TRIATHLON, was my Helge’s brainchild. Instead of running the competitions, as usual, which can become ‘boring’ (for lack of a better word), I for one, really enjoyed the first Competition of this kind. Normally a competition would run all day. First everybody does squats. The loaders have to load the pre-elected weights for the specific lifter on the rack. He lifts. Loaders change weights for next lifter. He lifts. And so on…
Every lifter has 3 turns per event. This means for a certain weight class, gender and age group the process gets repeated 3 times (if the previous lift was unsuccessful the lifter will probably try the same weight – but he is free to choose a heavier weight – only thing: he can’t go ‘lower’). Next group…. Next event… 3 times per lifter per group…and so forth. You can imagine the time it takes, right?
With the Power Triathlon things are faster (and therefor a bit, NO, a LOT more extreme):
The lifter has 10 minutes in total to do 3x all lifts with his pre-elected weights – he therefor stays on the platform and the clock starts ticking. All events’ racks are on the same stage/platform and once he finishes one lift/event he moves on to the next weight/event area. He can either perform 3 x same(or higher) lift and stay there until complete or he can rotate and do 1 x each and return to start to repeat the process. If he decides to ‘up’ the weight it gets added to the rack by the loaders and he carries on.
And seeing this is my blog ‘n all and I can post just about anything I like (and care about), allow me to show off a little, ok?
A commentary we received from BigArnie (friend and training partner):
“Our man Chaos did us all proud. He did 25 reps on 180kg or 396lb. He could definitely have squeezed out a few more reps if he really wanted. As it is, 25 reps is a huge achievement!! There are really only a few people in the world that can do that, let alone at 4o-eeehhhmmm-something 😉 years of age. It was very impressive to watch.“
Did you know that the ‘squat‘ is one of the, if not, THE best exercise for THE tighest butt you may ever own? (depending from which angle you look at it – I may not have my own, but I own one… get it??) 😉
Did I mention that I have one of the best ‘squatters’ living in the same house than me?
Do you know what people say behind your back, my L♥ve???