The sport of powerlifting appears to be simple. There are only three lifts in a competition — the squat, the bench press, and the deadlift. You lift the weight, and then a judge lets you know if you performed it properly. Easy, right? Well, maybe just in theory.
Anyone who has competed in powerlifting knows that the real work is done off the platform. Training to prepare for a meet can last anywhere from eight to sixteen weeks, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Powerlifting requires you to move heavy weight and perform lots of volume — and sometimes all at once.