Powerlifting

Powerlifting

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Powerlifting today has its roots from the classic Olympic weightlifting competitions involving the three main Olympic lifts: the Clean and Press, the Snatch, and the Clean and Jerk. However, many strong lifters didn't like these types of lifts, so starting in the 1950s many lifters instead turned to different lifts. This resulted in many different competitions with different lifts and rules being used over the next two decades. Finally though in 1972 the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) was born, with its first World Championship held in 1973. Powerlifting itself involves three main lifts: Bench Press, Deadlift, and Squat. Each participant gets three attempts on each of the three lifts, with the lifters best attempt out of three counting towards their competition total. Whoever gets the highest overall total weight lifted is the winner. Moreover, people are broken up by weight classes, age, and sex also. This is done in the interest of fairness and so that there are distinctions between people's achievements by taking into account their weight, age, and sex. Typically the sport can be performed in most types of arenas or venues as long as they create the lifting platform within regulation size, and use approved materials for the platform. Powerlifting itself is a fun sport to watch as you get to see many athletes be at peak physical strength, and achieve feats of strength unimaginable to most people. As these athletes move weights of 500 pounds plus like they are picking up a heavy bag of groceries. Which is not only entertaining to watch, but also incredible to witness.


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