Most people who are doing powerlifting at Vector Health had never heard of the sport before it was mentioned to them. However, in the past 2-3 years, Powerlifting has undergone a revolution of sorts, and has become more popular and mainstream due to the increased focus on resistance training to increase health and fitness overall.
So, what is the sport? Powerlifting is a combination sport – you have three specific “lifts” you need to do in a full competition, or you can just bench press.
The squat is one lift, the bench press is second and the deadlift is third. You have three attempts and the most you lift in each attempt is added to form your Total. This is what counts. How much you can lift when you combine your best squat, bench press and deadlift. There are rules and regulations and different ways to powerlift. We usually go through this with you when you come in for a chat if you are just starting.
The great thing about Powerlifting as a sport, is for a time-poor person you get to do your training for sport in the gym. This means you can go to the gym 3-5 times a week, and then compete on weekends and you do not have to go anywhere else to train for your “sport.” It’s a sport where you can set individual goals and work on achieving them, but still have the fun of qualifying for state and national championships if you want to progress and push yourself further.
It is a sport that takes time, it takes consistency and success is about the long-term, rather than short-term.
We offer specific 1-1 coaching for lifting technique, and we offer small-group powerlifting specific coaching for our athletes. We have a specific powerlifting facility with 2 Eleiko Bars, a Texas Power Bar, Eleiko Combination Rack, Valhalla Strength Competition Bench Press and 5 lifting platforms.
Our success as a club and as an organisation extends to 4 World Records, a Bronze Medal at a World Championship, more than 25 National Records, 2 National Champions, and multiple lifters who have continued to progress and do great competition Personal Bests.
As head coach, I have just as much satisfaction coaching someone who is just starting as someone who is trying to be the best. It is a fun sport, it is a sport that you really have some great control of, and I would really recommend it to someone who loves the gym, but does not necessarily have a sport to do.
I maintain that anyone can try powerlifting. It does not matter where you start from, it only matters in 8 weeks, 8 months or 8 years after you started. If you want to train in an environment that values each person as an individual and who values the practice of good technique and then putting that on the platform each competition to increase personal bests, please call or book a time with Glenn Hansen, our head coach for a talk about your goals, and how we can help you be involved.
We coach lifters in all weight classes and of all federations.