I love powerlifting. It’s a true measure of one’s progress. You can’t cheat or blame on someone else. It’s a challenge with yourself.
First of all, what is powerlifting?
Powerlifting is an individualised sport in which competitors attempt to lift as much weight as possible for one repetition in the squat, bench press and deadlift. Each lifter is placed into a division and classified by weight class, age group and experience. In competition each lifter has three attempts per each lift for a total of nine competition lifts. There are three judges who decide if the attempt is good or bad, depending on the form of the lift. At the end of the competition awards are presented to the lifters with the highest squat, bench, deadlift and the total in their division. The total is the sum of the best completed lifts and the person with the highest total is considered the strongest lifter.
Why did I choose to compete?
As a woman I always wanted to prove myself that I can go beyond my limits. I never wanted to look fragile or weak. When I was a little girl I used to play with boys and show them that I was as strong as them (if not more!).
When I started lifting I realised that I was made for this type of sport. Not only because of my structure (shorter limbs, stronger quads and glutes, hence stronger squat.. haha!.. No I’m kidding ;D) but also because I wanted to be psychologically strong and challenge myself.
I never liked playing in team. I always tried to compete with myself which is a lot more challenging than you think. This choice requires a strong willpower.
I entered my first powerlifting meet in January 2015 in the 55.5kg Junior Class with British Drug Free Powerlifting Association. Since then I’ve never had regrets.
The whole process of prepping for the meet is fascinating. Your training plan, the efforts, the grinding, the tactical decision-making, the mindset and the consistency. It’s part of my personality.
Powerlifting is like a big community. Lifting can be a social activity by sharing PRs or different techniques with your gym buddies. If you set a record everyone congrats with you, respects you and appreciates all the efforts you put in. Lifting benefits the health of everyone involved.
Competing keeps me driven and motivated. Everyday I wake up with the intention of doing my best, looking forward to proving what I can do. During a meet when you stand on the platform you can finally show everyone what you are capable of, how much work you have put into your training.
I definitely believe that strong makes your life better – physically and emotionally. It’s like a discipline. There is nothing better than feeling powerful, confident and capable of handling any tasks comes on your way.
One of the best thing about lifting is that your goal becomes performance based rather than concentrating all the time on aesthetic. How cool can it be lifting double or triple your bodyweight, huh?!
Every novice lifter should have the opportunity to compete as a great, fun experience and development of their self-belief.
Welcome to Powerlifting!