In case you aren’t familiar with the term powerlifting. Powerlifting is a strength-based sport. It revolves around 3 compound lifts; namely:
- bench press
In a powerlifting meet, you test your maximum strength in each of these lifts. You get 3 attempts for each movement and your goal is to move as much weight – within the guidelines of the rules – as possible.
The winner is the person who moved the most amount of weight, which is called your “total”.
If you train for powerlifting, you focus your training around these 3 lifts or types of lifts. You could also classify them as
- squatting or
- hip hinge movements
In your typical powerlifting program you start of with a little less weight, but a few more repetitions. The further you progress in your program, the heavier the load gets (i.e. weight on the bar) and the fewer repetitions you do.
After a given amount of time (usually around 6-20 weeks), your program will end in a peak, meaning that at this point in time you’re at your strongest.
If you do it as a sport, you time this with your meet/competition and perform your lifts and hopefully got stronger along the way.
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