Powerlifting Competitors

Apr 21st, 2012

Category: Fitness

Powerlifting Competitors

Greg Deadlift

Greg deadlifting at the CrossFit Total in December 2011. Sorry, Zeke, I don’t have a photo of you.

Schedule Update: Next week’s Strength Saturday class (April 28th) will be coached by our one and only Mike Minium.

This weekend our very own Greg and Zeke will be heading to the South Bay to compete in their first powerlifting meet. The competition will be held at Wild Iron Gym in Santa Clara, CA under the auspices of the United States Powerlifting Association (USPA). Lifting will begin at 9:30 AM on Sunday and go until it is done. The meet is limited to 30 lifters, so unlike the last USPA meet I attended, things will probably wrap up by the late afternoon.

A powerlifting meet consists of three events – the squat, the bench press, and the deadlift. Competitors get three attempts at each lift and the winner is determined by totaling the heaviest successful attempt from each of the three movements, also called a "total." Actually, it is slightly more complicated than that. A formula is used that involves the lifters total and bodyweight in an attempt to more evenly compare the performance of competitors in different weight classes. The winner with the highest calculated value wins, but getting a big total is essential if a person is to win. In a meet, all the lifters finish their three attempts at the squat before moving on to the bench and then the deadlift. To allow for reasonable rest periods between each attempt, competitors are often broken up into groups, or flights, based on weight class.

Greg has been a regular at the Strength Saturday classes since they began and has made enormous strides in his lifting in that time. He is a testament to power of hard work and persistence. Zeke is a relative newcomer to the class, but has been training consistently and driving his lifts up. I am going to enjoy watching both of them compete on Sunday. Should you find yourself with the time to make a little trip to the South Bay, please stop by to cheer them on. Best of luck to both of you.

DISCUSSION 10 Comments

  1. Greg H April 23, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Yes, those power guys are different. There should be two major classes: those with necks and those without. I was considering getting a powerlifter mohawk, but Zeke noted that it would be only 3 inches long down the back of my head. Taking issue with one of my benches, he also speculated that the reflection off my bald pate may have blinded the center judge.

    To me, there is no question but that hearing a loud chorus of "do it Greg" when setting up and an even louder one of "you got this" when trying to finish a lift adds 5lbs at least. Many thanks to Kelly, Theresa, Mun, and Michael G. for cheering, and to Tom C. for his great lift selection and that "get tight, Greg" bellow at the perfect time.

  2. flo April 25, 2012 at 11:33 pm

     good luck this weekend. you both have power and determination. you make us proud.