Powerlifting as defined by Wikipedia …

“Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift.

In competition, lifts may be performed equipped or un-equipped (typically referred to as ‘raw’ lifting. Equipment in the “equipped” category refers to a supportive bench shirt or squat/deadlift suit or briefs. In some federations, knee wraps are permitted in the equipped but not un-equipped division; in others, they may be used in both equipped and un-equipped lifting. Weight belts, knee sleeves, wrist wraps and special footwear may also be used, but are not considered when distinguishing equipped from un-equipped lifting.”

So what the hell does all that mean?  Powerlifting is a test of physically and moreover, mental strength which at the end of a competitive day equals a total of weights lifted to determine a winner.  There is a Barbell class here at PHF which is focused on that physical and mental strength it is full of some of the toughest minds at our studio.

While our place is known for its Nutrition and Weight-Loss accolades, there is a small corner of our membership who are some of the strongest in the state and a few of them have recently decided to prove it.  In mid-December, a small group of PHF Barbell and the MooreMuscle Barbell Club are headed to Annapolis to compete in a Powerlifting Meet. As described above they will have three attempts at each of the bench press, squat and deadlift.  Each lift is immediately evaluated by three judges who determine if the proper form was used and if the lift was executed successfully.  Even though most of the group will be competing for the first time, all have potential for top five finishes and even some at overall Maryland State Records.

We are SO excited to be able to offer and coach such different aspects of fitness and help each member aspire to reach their own, individual goals.  So as you’re walking through PHF over the next couple of months and you see one of your fellow PHF Family strapping in for a heavy lift, give them some support and excitement as you pass by!  Whether your goal is confidence building, fat-loss, muscle building or strength, we are all members of this amazing family and the best part is the way we support each other!