Powerlifting

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Powerlifting is a strength sport consisting of three events: the bench press, the squat, and the deadlift.

Powerlifting resembles the sport of Olympic weightlifting, as both disciplines involve lifting weights in three attempts. It evolved from a sport known as 'odd lifts' which followed the same three attempt format but used a wide variety of events akin to Strongman events. Eventually odd lifts became standardized to the three events (squat, bench, deadlift) and became known as powerlifting. Powerlifters can compete raw or equipped.

Powerlifting meets take place across the world but mostly in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Russia. Powerlifting has been a Paralympic sport since 1984 and under the International Powerlifting Federation, is also a World Games sport.

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History of Powerlifting

Powerlifting originated in the USA and the UK in the 1950s. Previously, the weightlifting governing bodies in both countries had recognised various ‘odd lifts’ for competition and record purposes. During the 1950s, Olympic weightlifting declined in the United States, while bodybuilding and powerlifting gained many new followers. In 1958, the AAU's National Weightlifting Committee decided to begin recognizing records for ‘odd lifts’, provided they were made at sanctioned AAU ‘meets’. A national powerlifting championship was tentatively scheduled for 1959, but it never happened. The first genuine national ‘meet’ was held in September 1964 under the auspices of the York Barbell Company, Ironically, Bob Hoffman, the owner of York Barbell, had been a long-time adversary of powerlifting. But his company was now making powerlifting equipment to make up for the sales it had lost on Olympic-style equipment.

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