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medium sized 01-16-2010 03:36 PM

Definition of powerlifting?
What would you guys define powerlifting as ?

Ross86 01-16-2010 05:21 PM

Powerlifting would be training/competing in the squat, bench, and deadlift. Personally I don't think you can be a powerlifter if you don't compete.

EricT 01-17-2010 11:30 AM

I'd tend to agree. Perhaps if one specifically looks to bring up just those three exercises and all one's training is bent on that, then s/he can call themselves a powerlifter even if they don't compete. But powerlifting is a sport. It was conceived as a sport or a specific competition.

Not many would tolerate someone who called himself an Olympic Weightlifter who had never competed in the Olympics or any weightlifting competition or even trained toward such an event. Yet it seems like half the people on bodybuilding boards these days call themselves powerlifters.

But as long as one does not try to define powerlifting as a WAY OF TRAINING I am good. That is a ridiculous notion and for most is just a weak-minded label they put on their training to make them feel more legit.

Ross86 01-17-2010 02:17 PM

^^^ I had a guy tell me last week that we was a powerlifter and had been for years. He doesn't train much any more though. And he never really squatted. He got me a Tap Out shirt for Christmas because I'm into powerlifting... :-/

Pitysister 01-17-2010 02:37 PM

cherish that shirt. will be worth.........10 cents.

Pirate 01-19-2010 01:09 PM

What in the fuck does Tapout have to do with power lifting???? Fighters don't power lift, they do strength and cardio and technique.

iron_worker 01-20-2010 06:34 AM

I'd say I'm more powerlifter than bodybuilder.... but not a powerlifter by your critique seeing as I don't compete and I don't train shirts, wraps, squat suits etc. I guess you could say I'm just addicted to strength training? lol


EricT 01-20-2010 08:36 AM


Pitysister 01-20-2010 08:56 AM

i ran it through a canadian to english translater and came up with "i like strength training." :)

iron_worker 01-21-2010 10:21 AM

Ya more or less. lol

I'm not really sure what was confusing about it but sorry for my canuck tongue.


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