We all have different reasons for wanting to get fit, but at least initially, most of us fall under wanting to look the best version of ourselves, being as healthy as possible, and living our best lives. Even absolute beginners have a pretty good idea of what muscles they want to work, so the person they see in the mirror each morning is closer and closer to the person they envision in their heads.
But once you get deeper in to it, you’d see that being a strength athlete is so much more than just lifting the maximal weight that you can.
Obviously, you’ll have an improved level of strength when you’re training to be a strength athlete. Powerlifting is the squat, bench press, and deadlift, and these are all compound movements any one of which work muscles all across your body.
Strong muscles lead to strong bones, which means a lower risk of fracture, and a lower risk of osteoporosis. This is especially helpful once we get over the age of 40 – because after 40, the average person loses about 1% of bone mass per year. Regardless of how old you are now, it’s never a bad idea to start taking the steps to keep yourself as strong as possible, for as long as possible.
The deadlift also strengthens your spine, which also improves your posture.
Overall athletic ability
It’s not just that you can lift heavy weights – studies have shown that squat strength can directly correlate with sprint strength and even jump height.
One look at the average powerlifter and you may not think of fat loss as a benefit to powerlifting, but it actually is. Lifting heavy weights is a high intensity workout that lets you burn a large amount of calories – best believe your body will turn to burning energy from your fat reserves if it doesn’t have enough calories at hand to convert to energy to perform powerlifts. And over time, this can even lead to an increase in your metabolic rate.
Slow the aging process
Our body breaks down over time, that’s inevitable – our muscle mass and bone density decreases, and the day will come when we struggle to perform simple physical tasks. But having stronger muscles and bones than you otherwise would have means delaying that day.
Powerlifting training is specific, and consistently putting in the work takes determination, patience, and fortitude. Achieving those goals, seeing the results of those goals, and feeling the results of those goals are all great for your mental health. And who wouldn’t want to feel a little more confident?
Last (but not the least), something you may be able to appreciate from powerlifting is the opportunity to be part of a community of people that are working towards the same goals as you are. Going to the gym day in and day out can be a meditative experience, or it can also be an isolating one.
But there are huge communities of powerlifters out there, and now you can reach out to one if you want to.
Before we go...
As always, we’d like to remind you to stay as safe as possible. We wouldn’t want you to perform powerlifting exercises incorrectly, or not have the necessary support you need – so be sure to drop by our shop to check out gym gear and accessories that will help you perform these exercises and help you stay injury-free in the process!
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