Powerlifting athletes compete in a grueling triathlon of human strength. Three disciplines challenge men and women to lift multiples of their body weight to a prescribed sequence. Lowering themselves from a loaded and erect position to a squat and getting back! Or, lying on a bench, bringing the load from arm extension down to the chest and back up! Or raising the weights off the floor and assuming an erect position! It is the ultimate test of strength for athletes of all sizes. Some of the strongest weighing in at just over 44 kg.
Strength counts certainly among the key ingredients of some athletic performances. And powerlifting’s lifts are the definitive measure of strength.
Powerlifting features in The World Games 2013; check the event calendar for details about when it is scheduled.
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The lift starts with the lifter standing erect and the bar loaded with weights resting on the lifter's shoulders. At the referee's command the lift begins. The lifters bends their knees and lowers themselves into a squatting position with the hips slightly below parallel position. The lifters return to an erect position. At the referees command the bar is returned to the rack and the lift is completed.
Bench press ...
With his or her back resting on the bench, the lifter takes the loaded bar at arm's length. At the referee's command the powerlifter lowers the bar to the chest. On the chest there must be a visible pause. Afterwards the powerlifter pushes the weight up until the arms are straight and the elbows locked. Then the referee will call "Rack!" and the lift is completed as the weight is retuned to the rack.
In the deadlift the athlete grasps the loaded bar which is resting on the platform floor. The powerlifter pulls the weights off the floor and assumes an erect position. The knees must be locked and the shoulders back, with the weight held in the lifters's grip. At the referees command the bar will be returned to the floor under the control of the lifter.