By, Jen Delgado

I know a large percentage of people that train look at powerlifting as non-sport and just a very exaggerating way to lifting weights. I’ve been training for my first powerlifting meet coming up on March first. Prior to training for my powerlifting competition I looked at the sport the same as the majority of the population looks at it. Come to find out that there are a lot of benefits to powerlifting.

Powerlifting is a strength sport where you compete in the squat, bench press and deadlift, allows you to build muscle and burn fat. Powerlifting, like other forms of heavy resistance training, strengthens your skeleton and reduces your risk of injury in other sports and activities. While the rules for the powerlifts remain specific, the general benefits of powerlifting go far beyond conventional lifting.

Improved Strength

Powerlifting strengthens the muscles of your legs, back and upper body. Nearly every skeletal muscle is strengthened with a powerlifting routine. The squat works the muscles of your legs and hips better than many other training alternatives. The deadlift strengthens your back and legs, and the bench press strengthens most of the muscles of your upper body. The few muscles that are not worked directly on these three exercises are trained using assistance exercises to improve the three competitive lifts.

Powerlifting is a very intense form of exercise and burns a great many calories. One of the benefits of intense training is not just the calories you burn while training, but the long-term effect this has on your metabolism. Resistance training such as powerlifting has long been shown to be effective for fat loss.

Osteoporosis afflicts one out of every five women in the United States. Fortunately, resistance training can combat the onset of osteoporosis.. It’s shown that intense resistance training, such as powerlifting, decreases numerous risk factors for osteoporosis by increasing strength and bone mass.

Many of the activities in powerlifting improve other abilities, including speed and vertical jump. There is a direct correlation between squat strength and sprint speed. There is also a direct correlation between squat strength and vertical leap. So if you want to run faster or jump higher, build a bigger squat through powerlifting. The strength of your back contributes to many other activities, including martial arts, wrestling and fighting. There are few activities that being strong does not help in one way or another. I absolutely love the Sport of Powerlifting and will keep you posted on the results on my first meet.