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.
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.