December 2017

10 Reasons to Start Powerlifting

Whether you want to improve athletic performance, compete in powerlifting, or just get strong, there may be a reason for you to begin powerlifting.  To learn more about the Y's powerlifting programs, click here.  

10 reasons to start today!

#1 – Powerlifting is the safest style of weight lifting

While all weight lifting (and exercise for that matter) has an element of danger, powerlifting is relatively safe. Why? Because it rewards proper form. If you are powerlifting with the goal to set a personal best, your form absolutely must be spot-on. In bodybuilding, with the goal to fatigue muscles so they grow bigger (rather than focusing on the weight itself,) proper form isn’t essential and is sometimes thrown out the window.

With that ideal form, you are less likely to get injured.

#2 – Increase bone density

All resistance training will increase your bone density. Stronger bones help you avoid osteoporosis when you’re older.

Powerlifting, with its focus on heavier weights, should theoretically be the best training to improve your bone health.

#3 – Develop Full-Body Strength

When you do powerlifting exercises properly, each one is a full-body exercise. Each exercise requires you to drive power from your lower body through your upper body. Learning this technique is very useful for lifting heavy objects in real life (that you’d never be able to lift using your muscles in isolation.)

It’s no secret that most endurance sports do not develop full-body strength.


#4 – Improve Athletic Performance

Unlike in bodybuilding, the strength and power gains from powerlifting will actually help you in sports. For starters, you’ll end up running faster and jumping higher. With some on-bike work, you’ll be pushing those big gears easier than ever.

Play football? You’ll be able to tackle bigger players and/or run through anyone in your way. Play basketball? You’ll jump high enough for any rebound.

#5 – It’s simple

There are three lifts. You learn those lifts, then you do them. That’s it. While there are plenty of finer details for each lift, it’s easy to get the basics down quickly.

This is essential for anyone who already participates in skill-intensive sports (mountain biking, for instance) that takes up a lot of time and energy.

#6 – It’s rewarding

It feels great to see your weight totals go up every single week! It’s actually common to see steady gains if you’re on a good program.

With every little gain, you’re motivated to keep training. You don’t have to wait months or years to see progress – it’s almost instant gratification!

#7 – Build muscle

Though you aren’t doing a wide variety of exercises designed to enhance specific body parts, you’re still going to build some muscles and look good.

#8 – Build self-confidence

Confidence in yourself is essential for so many things in life. Being more confident will bring you more success in life.

As a powerlifter, there’s something empowering about grabbing hold of a heavy, loaded barbell and ripping it off the ground or heaving it into the air!

#9 – Practically everyone can do it

If you have a gym membership, you can do it. No fancy machines are necessary! You don’t have to be able to run a marathon or anything like that.

#10 – It’s fun to be strong

Being strong is just plain fun. You can do all sorts of neat stuff that you normally wouldn’t be able to do if your only training was for endurance sports.