Powerlifting Routines – Some Basic Concepts

Many people assume that powerlifting routines are the same as weightlifting routines; however this is incorrect. Both do in fact involve the lifting of weights, but the way that the lifting is done is different.

Difference between weightlifting and powerlifting

Power LiftingOne of the main differences between powerlifting routines and weightlifting is that in powerlifting, there is no requirement to lift the weight up and above the head as is required in the Olympic sport of weightlifting.

Further, powerlifting uses 3 different disciplines, namely the Bench Press, the Squat and the Deadlift, whereas in weightlifting there are only two categories; namely the ‘snatch’ and the ‘clean and jerk’.

The aim of powerlifting routines is to maximize one’s power by lifting using the proper form. Powerlifting may use heavier weights, but shorter and simpler movements than weightlifting.

Quite simply, powerlifting is about increasing one’s body strength and maximizing it whereas with weightlifting there is also an accent on agility and speed; as well as on technique.

The real strength and fitness enthusiasts will tell you that the powerlifting routine’s where it’s all at, and will bemoan the fact that powerlifting is not yet an Olympic event whereas weightlifting is.

Currently powerlifting is a Paralympic sport only, and efforts are currently on to include powerlifting in the Olympics as an event.

The fact is that powerlifting routines can make a person the strongest that they are likely to be, however one of the charges that is leveled against powerlifting is the many kinds of equipment that powerlifters use and routinely depend upon.

Some of the main kinds of equipment that is used by powerlifters:

  • Since bench pressing is one of the 3 segments of powerlifting, benches are required.
  • Powerlifting chains ensure that one can build lifting speed, helping one explode the kind of weights one lifts.
  • The weight belt is one of the most crucial among powerlifting equipment – this helps to support and protect the lower back while lifting – it can help lift better and also protect from injury. Certain types of belts may be essential for heavy dipping workouts.
  • The knees can take quite a bit of stress during powerlifting routines and knee braces or supports are vital for support and to prevent injury. This can also help minimize the wear and tear that the knee sustains due to power lifting.
  • Similarly ankle brace supports and help to prevent ankle injury and also help to heal an injury in that area faster.
  • Wrist wraps or wrist bands are another important requirement for powerlifting routines since they also give support and help to prevent injury, besides improving circulation.
  • Lifting hooks are another useful aid that help one hold the bar properly – they improve grip and help in lifting.

Shirts and vests for powerlifting can help to provide comfort and support by way of compression. The powerlifting singlet is the standard required garment for power lifters, according to most federation rules.