So some people are trying to understand the sport of powerlifting and there’s gonna be plenty of people will be misinformed about the “sport” for sure. Yes, powerlifting looks very dangerous and “scary” but like the title of the topic says, it’s actually the safest sport there is. It really is. I know how some of your friends and family would get scared of your heavy lifting all the time but many don’t understand that “heavy lifting” is the name of the game in “powerlifting”. I mean, they don’t call it “powerlifting” for no reason.
All that heavy lifting they do seems scary and dangerous but once you actually get into it, you would realize that it’s actually very safe and very easy. It can be safe and easy as long you know what you’re doing, lifting in good form and good technique. “Powerlifting” can only be dangerous if you’re getting injured frequently and lifting in terrible technique all the time. It can also be dangerous if you’re always maxing out without spotters. Be responsible in powerlifting and it can be very safe and very easy.
When I first got into powerlifting, I’ll admit that I was a bit scared and nervous first but once you do your first powerlifting meet, you’ll immediately realize how easy and safe it is. At a powerlifting meet, if you fail a lift and get in trouble… not too worry ’cause you’ll be surrounded by spotters anyway for each lift. The people at the meets will you make you feel safe competing. That’s their job.
During your training sessions during the off-seasons, it can be very safe training by yourself as long as you’re lifting weights that you can do and lifting in good form. You don’t need to go for 1 rep maxes each time you hit the gym and I made that mistake when I first started out in powerlifting.
During your strength training sessions, squatting by youreslf can be safe as long as you’re in a power/squat rack and the gym that I go to does have one. You don’t really need a spotter for deadlift at gyms ’cause it’s easy to get out of a failed deadlift by yourself. When you’re benching, it’s okay to bench by yourself as long as you don’t go to failure… when you go for a 1 rep max test on bench and not sure that’s when you need a spotter on bench. I mostly bench by myself at the gym but I do get spotters whenever I think I’m in absolute need of one.
People wanna criticize powerlifting all the time but I think the sport is amazing and so inspiring. I discovered powerlifting a few years ago ’cause I’ve got friends that are powerlifters and they were the ones who got me into it, really. Even though I’ve gotten into powerlifting, I still didn’t give up the bodybuilding either ’cause I do both. I want to get both strong and muscular so I got to continue to do bodybuilding training too. I love doing both.
Powerlifting is also a blast. I find it so much fun showing a live audience of what you can do and it’s such a blast watching and cheering on the other lifters too. It’s a blast watching all these people lifting the big weights. I’m not at the big weights yet but I do want to get there someday and don’t want to get too ahead of myself. That’s the key in powerlifting is patience. If you someday want to bench, deadlift and squat 500 lbs. or over, gotta be patient and be consistent. Powerlifting is very addicting ’cause it’s incredible seeing yourself getting stronger and stronger, it’s a great feeling. I can see why powerlifting has become such a popular sport right now. Powerlifting is getting huge and exploding. I’m surprised there isn’t live powerlifting on cable TV yet but there will be someday… for now you can stream live national powerlifting competitions online.
Powerlifting can be for anyone. Doesn’t matter the age. If you want to get into powerlifting, then do it. I suggest you all to try to it if you lift in the gym on a regular basis. Trying out your first powerlifting meet may sound scary and may get you nervous at first but you’ll find it a piece of cake.
I want to do another powerlifting meet this year. There is gonna be one at Albany Strength this month but I won’t be able to do it since I’m just getting over a minor leg injury and just getting back into full time training, I won’t have enough time to prep for it. I will do another powerlifting meet sometime this Summer for sure, though. I love doing them.