The sport of powerlifting is based on three activities: the squat, the bench press and the deadlift. The object is to lift as much weight as you can. Contrary to popular belief, powerlifting is not a sport for only behemoth, muscle-bound hulks. Genetics, not weight lifted, will determine how large you get. Although powerlifting will not necessarily make you bulky, it will alter your appearance, making you strong, fit and lean. So, move past the stereotype, fasten your weight belt and enjoy the benefits of powerlifting.
Imagine your partner's surprise when you start to beat him and his buddies in an arm wrestling match. Powerlifting can help you accomplish this goal as this sport develops toned, lean muscles in most of the major muscle groups, according to a 2008 article in “Physical Education and Dance.” Powerlifting builds absolute and explosive strength. As you get stronger, you can lift heavier weight, which in turn, helps you become as strong as your genetics will allow. You will find that ,as you grow stronger, basic household tasks such as carrying a grocery bag in one arm and your cranky toddler in the other, will become easier.
If you are serious about the sport of powerlifting, your training regimen will involve both strength training and aerobic exercise. Plyometric aerobics, a high-intensity “jump style” of aerobic training, is frequently used by powerlifters to build their endurance. After a few weeks of power-lifting training, you will develop the ability to conjure that little extra burst of energy at the end of a long, tiring day.
Every pound you have gained means you have eaten approximately 3,500 more calories than you have burned. Adopting a power-lifting routine will allow you to say goodbye to those last stubborn pounds forever. This vigorous activity burns about 331 extra calories an hour, increasing your calorie-burning potential throughout the day.
Powerlifting can help get your heart and lungs in shape. You'll be amazed at how it changes you inside as well as outside. As your heart and lungs get more efficient, you'll find yourself able to fend off colds better, and you'll be less likely to develop chronic health problems including Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.
Brenda Scottsdale is a licensed psychologist, a six sigma master black belt and a certified aerobics instructor. She has been writing professionally for more than 15 years in scientific journals, including the "Journal of Criminal Justice and Behavior" and various websites.