Powerlifting is a sport that consists of three attempts on three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. Powerlifting was developed from a sport called odd lifts, which follows the same format but used a greater range of strength events.
There are various weight classes for men and women; 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 67.5 kg, and 75 kg for men, 44kg, 48kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, and 67.5 kg for women. The competition is also divided into age categories. For each weightclass, the lifter with the highest total lifted weight wins. The total is the sum of the competitor's best valid attempt on each lift.
Powerlifting may be done with or without equipment, called raw lifting or classic lifting. The equipment refers to a bench shirt or a deadlift suit/briefs. In some competitions, in the equipped category, knee wraps are allowed, but in others it is used in both equipped and non-equipped. The competitiors equip themselves with weight belts, knee sleeves, wrist wraps, and special footwear.
As of the moment, powerlifting is not an Olympic sport, but it is included in the Paralympics.
- Squat — participants attempt to perform a squat with the maximum weight on their shoulders.
- Bench Press — Participants lie on their back holding the weight on both hands, push it upwards, and then lower the weight again to the chest level
- Deadlift — participants lift a loaded barbell off the ground to the hips, and then lower it back to the ground
- Olympic Weightlifting — competitors attempt to lift weights mounted on barbells to above their heads.
- Kettlebell Lifting — a weight lifting sport performed with kettlebells, which are heavy weights that resemble a cannonball with a handle.
- Strongman — a sport that tests competitors' strength in a variety of different ways.
- Bodybuilding — participants show their developed muscular build through poses, and are judged based on muscularity, conditioning, and symmetry.
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