Powerlifting is the sport of lifting things up and putting down things, right? Sort of. While lifting huge weights is the basic notion in powerlifting, it’s much more complex than that. Powerlifting is extremely rough and reckless, both physically and mentally, and entails more than just picking something up. A powerlifter must learn bracing, rooting, breathing, foot positioning, bar positioning, eye gaze, head positioning and activation (Rodio, 2016).
Compared to bodybuilding, that will be all about getting a specific body, powerlifting is all about attaining as much raw strength as humanly possible.
Powerlifting generally involves three fundamental lifts (“the big three”); low bar back squat, bench press and deadlift.
Powerlifting has a very long list of benefits. It is accessible to all ages, so reduces the risk of osteoporosis(Rodio, 2016), which gives one continuous physical and mental challenges and goals, burns a lot of calories, improves confidence, and, naturally, raises one’s strength. Zach Tolchin, a fitness expert at Rock Creek Sports Club, estimates a renowned strength training coach, Mark Rippetoe: “Powerful men and women are more difficult to kill than weak individuals and are more useful in general.” In addition to the above obvious benefits, powerlifting is truly a low risk sport. Powerlifting has reduced injury-risk than basketball and soccer!
Powerlifting at the Rock Creek Sports Club
Rock Creek Sports Club includes a fantastic powerlifting community, with roughly 20 members and employees competing in this sport. 1 reason for the huge powerlifting community would be the club’s reputation to be open to a vast range of fitness procedures. When requests came in for a lifting stage and bumper plates, then the team spent in these basic powerlifting tools.
Another reason for the large engagement here, is the club’s sense of comradery.
“Many of these powerlifters we’ve got at this gym have competed together and are always checking in with each other to see how instruction is going and eager to share programming advice” states Emily Karl, who works at the front desk.
Women in powerlifting
Emily Karl is an example of the way powerlifting isn’t a sport for just guys. Powerlifting is a sport both men and women can perform so long as they love lifting and perform it correctly and consistently.
“It burns a ton of calories, even a lot of the time more so than cardio (a client of mine burnt over 450 calories at one hour of your powerlifting style workout) and it will cause you to feel powerful and confident.” Says Zach.
There are now six competitive powerlifting women at the Rock Creek Sports Club, a appreciable number for a gym not “focusing” in the sport. One of our members, Bibi Campos Seijo, set a world record for the age and weight class, with her deadlift about 321 pounds, annually at the American Challenge. Emily competed within this challenge this year on May 20.
Emily was a competitive dancer for over 15 years but stopped while at college. After joining the RCSC, she had been introduced into powerlifting and was drawn into it by its own competitive aspects. She had missed the contest from dance and now enjoys experiencing competition once again, but also in “a completely new arena.”
“One of the greatest aspects of powerlifting is it requires commitment and continuous instruction, like dancing, but also in competition there’s hardly any subjective prejudice- either you get the elevator or you do not.” says Emily.
Emily advises women getting into powerlifting to be daring, not to worry about getting “too big” or being judged for lifting heavy.
“Look at some of these feminine elite lifters and you will notice women of many different shapes and sizes- intensity is strength, people respect that over all else. It is incredibly liberating to have your primary focus be in strength rather than what you seem like.”
The welcoming reputation that the gym has is enough to convince women to train here; becoming part of a brand new group of friends who train, joke around and motivate one another. Emily also suggests online communities for additional encouragement, which are famous for feminine lifters.
“A number of members at the gym have come up to me and informed me that they were inspired I’d like to attempt things that they normally would not which is really flattering. Inspiring different folks, especially women, to become more healthy is incredibly satisfying.” says Emily.
So how do someone, man or woman, begin powerlifting?
“People get into powerlifting in many different ways. I got to it just by lifting and getting stronger consistently, to this point where I realized that my lifts were at a competitive level.” Says Zach.
While recovering from knee operation, Zach attended the 2013 Equinox Open to encourage Devin Knox, yet another trainer here at the Rock Creek Sports Club. Experiencing the event firsthand he understood he loved the environment and wished to be a part of it. Zach did his very first competition a couple of months later: that the 2013 Maryland State Championships.
Powerlifting takes patience and discipline. Those starting out will not walk in on day one and also be able to lift a super heavy weightreduction. Emily advises novices to find a mentor or mentor to inspect shape and set guidelines for coaching to avoid injuries. Emily cites certified personal trainers as critical to adjusting form and producing efficient movement patterns; the key to hitting big numbers.
Some coaches for powerlifting here would be Devin Knox, Zach Tolchin and Steve Basdavanos.
Zach advises newcomer powerlifters coaching for a contest to practice the requirements that the judges will be using and to be prepared.
Powerlifting competitively takes focus. You can’t be a jack of all transactions at the gym, attending twist, Zumba or performing different types of exercises many times a week and just training for powerlifting once or twice. However, since Emily states, it’s excellent to be healthy and balanced. Emily started training with Marian Lally to incorporate Pilates to her workout routine, to deal with muscle imbalances and certain weaknesses she’d.
“My very first session was probably one of the most challenging workouts I have ever had!”
Last, all powerlifters must listen to their bodies. As in any workout, it’s necessary not to struggle through real pain.
The very first couple of weeks, an individual will see the largest change. Then the real patience kicks in.
Rock Creek Sports Club Powerlifting News and Competitions
Employees and members at the gym are always competing and training. Events are held during the year depending on which federation where you compete. Some of the favorite federations have been USAPL and 100% RAW. Most contests have three lifts: squat, bench press and deadlift, nevertheless 100% RAW includes a fourth: rigorous curl.
On May 13th, the USAPL Maryland State Championships were held in Dundalk, where Zach and Steve competed. On May 20th, Devin Knox and Emily Karl competed in 100% RAW’s American Challenge at Prince Frederick, Maryland. This was Emily’s third “complete power” meet but her first time performing in this specific federation, first time rival without supporting neoprene knee bends and also the very first time doing the rigorous curl! The two Devin and Emily placed 1st from the events that they competed in and place Maryland documents from the curl.
Devin- psychologist: 174.1, bench: 413, deadlift: 622
Emily- psychologist: 67.2, squat: 281, bench: 132, deadlift: 358
All results will be accumulated at the end of June or July, from challenges throughout the nation. People that have the best lifts over all will be chosen to lift for Team USA at the world championships this autumn!
1 curious in powerlifting kindly should notice that there were drug tests at 100% RAW’s American Challenge. The majority of federations require steroid use quite seriously.
So what now?
If you are interested in powerlifting talk to a trainer! And do not worry, powerlifting is for everybody. We are going to find you on the lifting stage!