Why Powerlifting is BENEFICIAL to your Health
Quote: "Just remember, somewhere, a little Chinese girl is warming up with your max." - Jim Conroy, Olympic Weightlifting Coach
When you think of powerlifting what image sticks in your mind? Big sweaty men screaming and lifting huge amounts of weight? That is part of the story. As silly as it sounds, powerlifting has many health benefits.
I am not wanting you to get into competitive powerlifting. I am more interested in how powerlifting can be used as a part of an integrated and holistic approach towards health and fitness. Personally I use powerlifting as a means to increase and maintain strength and build muscle mass and to assist in other forms of training.
Stronger Bones, Ligaments, Tendons and Muscles
As you get older having a strong skeletal and soft tissues prevents the onset of arthritis, a thinning of the bones that can lead to falls and bone fractures.
Build Fat Burning Muscle Tissue
There are various benefits in having extra lean muscle tissue. First and foremost is strength. Strength is the ability to exert force against another object or person. Additional lean muscle mass leads to a higher metabolic rate, which is the ability to burn off excess calories and maintain a lower level of body fat. As you get older, this assumes more importance.
Powerlifting is an efficient way to train a lot of muscles using the least amount of exercises in the shortest amount of time. The squat, deadlift and bench press are compound exercises that train major muscle groups leading to greater gains in strength and muscle mass in the shortest amount of time.
And ladies, don’t worry about becoming muscle bound, powerlifting will help you get that long, lithe and athletic look allowing you to eat more food and burn more calories that will make you the envy of other ladies.
Assist in other forms of Training
Whether it is bodyweight training, kettlebell training, cross-fit, track and field, martial arts, football, hiking or bodybuilding, powerlifting will give you a great foundation of strength and lifting technique and mental toughness that will crossover to these other sports and activities.
What to do
If you are new to powerlifting, get help from an expert that will set you in the right direction and give you correct tips on training and lifting technique. Follow a powerlifting program for 12-16 weeks and see what is does for your health and performance in other sports and activities.