First of all, powerlifting is a weightlifting sport (not to be mistaken with Olympic lifting). It’s an individual sport that’s composed of three smaller exercices: the squat, the bench press and the deadlift (as shown bellow).
These movements are some of the most well known movements in the world of fitness. If you ever felt like trying it competitively, there are many organisations that let you compete in powerlifting. The setting is simple. You first must do the three movements in the same order shown above. You’ll receive three tries per movement to lift more weight, and by the end of it all, the judges register the totals of you best weights. These judges have strict criterias for each movement and they will decide whether the technique of the lift is good or not. You need at least two of the judges to say you lift is good for the lift to be good. There is also weight categories so you don’t get beat by neckless goons twice your size!
Here’s a example of what a competition would be like
By: Jean-Philippe Dumas