The Strongest Sport You’ve Never Heard Of

Ella Backauskas, Reporter

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Powerlifting–the very name invokes senses of strength and, naturally, power. When people hear powerlifting, they think bicep curls, the clean and jerk, snatch, and bench press. Only one of these lifts, however, is part of powerlifting. Powerlifting is comprised of three lifts that are used in competition. These lifts are back squat, benchpress, and deadlift. With the amount of strength, preparation, and mental toughness involved in this sport, it is surprising that many people don’t know about it. Lifting consistently and avid preparation is involved in this fantastic sport. First off, there are months or even years of preparation involved in just one meet. Meets are the competitions for powerlifting, and most powerlifters compete in one to possibly two meets a year. “Meet Prep” includes intense 3-5 day a week training, with each day dedicated to a certain area or function of the body. The meets themselves take around 10 hours for everyone to compete and go through all of their lifts. Now, let’s get down to the training.