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alywoah
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So You Want to Get into Powerlifting?

YOU FREAKING SHOULD.

For those of you who don't know, powerlifting is a sport that involves three lifts: the squat, bench press, and the deadlift. The goal is to reach the maximum level of strength. Your numbers are totalled up from the three lifts and your numbers are compared to those who share the same weight-class that you're competing in. Depending on which powerlifting federation you're involved in, there are different rules or regulations that make a lift a good lift or a bad lift.
It's very different from bodybuilding. In bodybuilding, you're competing against other bodybuilders for aesthetics. Powerlifting focuses on strength.

You Better Get Hungry

A big part of powerlifting is proper nutrition, which is pretty relative to each individual. But the big point is: you gotta eat. You're eating to fuel your strength. Instead of eating for a better aesthetic, we're eating to get strong. When I was in powerlifting, I was eating more than my male counterparts. I could put away a whole chicken under ten minutes. Those were my strongest, LEANEST days. ;)

You'll Meet Amazing People

When I got involved in powerlifting in college, that's when I learned what community really meant. Although we were competing with both ourselves, and with other competitors, we supported each other. Members from other teams rooted for me. And even though I doubted my numbers sometimes, I had an unbelievable amount of support. We were family: the team, other teams, regional teams, national teams, and even famous powerlifters made us feel like we were a part of their crew. It was an awesome feeling.

It's Empowering

When you're working hard, it's incredibly encouraging and empowering to see your strength grow. As a woman, I saw that power translated into other areas of my life. My mood and my self-esteem improved. It was then I learned that I can do anything I want to do -- as long as I am willing to put in the work for it. Because of powerlifting, things just fell into place.

So you want to get into powerlifting?

Do it.

It was the best decision I had ever made.

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Buahaha food is great! Lol. @mchlyang it can help get you lean. But you'll also need to figure out what works for you. Along with powerlifting, I was also sprinting. And I definitely limited some things like alcohol (since it was super hard for me to train the next day with a hangover or still drunk haha).
powerlifting gives me a hernia just watching these athletes perform. kudos to them!!! I just want the physique of an athlete. I shouldn't have to play sports to get it. lol
@marshalledgar Haha, I can totally get that. Even when I was powerlifting myself, and I saw people lifting a massive amount of weight, I'd feel super concerned and pained. And you can definitely obtain a physique of an athlete without playing sports. That's what the gym is for! ^_^
I could never imagine doing something like this. I still have a really muscular physique cuz i build muscle super easily... And I hate it lol.
It's super fun. It was the only sport I ever enjoyed doing. I know a lot of people who did powerlifting (including me) who didn't get a muscular physique -- but really has a lot do with genetics. @BluBear07