Powerlifting is a strength sport
, consisting of three events
is allowed three attempts on each lift. The lifter’s best valid attempt on each lift
counts toward his competition
Competitors are judged against other lifters of the same gender, weight class
, and age.
Powerlifting requires specialized training techniques that are focused on strength and
. Traditional training methods dictated low repetitions with maximal weight.
Started to develop in the late 19th century, when weightlifting was just beginning to develop
as a sport .
Led by the United States
and Great Britain
, the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF)
was founded in 1973 and held the first world championships
. That spurred the
establishment of the European Powerlifting Federation in 1974.
Currently, the IFP has more than 70 member countries, while
something over 20 countries
belong to the WPC.
The bench press is a exercise
in which, while lying on his back, the person performing the
bench press lowers a weight to the level of the chest, then pushes it back up until the arm is
straight and the elbows are locked. The exercise focuses on the development
of the upper
There is a specific form to the bench press which reduces the chance of injury
the muscles of the chest. A barbell bench press starting position
is to be lying on a
bench, with the shoulder blades pinched together to avoid
recruiting the anterior
during the lift. Feet are kept flat on the ground or end of the bench, with the buttocks always
in contact with the bench. The weight is gripped with hands
equidistant from the center of the
bar, with the elbows bent to 90° and the elbows beneath the wrists. Movement starts by lifting