I went to the last day of this competition to see some powerlifting action. The last day was heavyweights. 82.5kg and up. I think the heaviest guy in the 120+ was 126kg.
There were competors of all levels and ages and it was good to see trends and stuff.
For some reason all the short guys were doing huge deadlifts.
All the guys from Turkmenistan were amazing.
One guy in the 100kg catagory cot a score of 600 which was pretty impressive to watch. I think he is the international special powerlifting champion. He was only beat by a 52kg guy in the bench press. the little guy lifted more for his bodyweight.
So in powerlifting they use this weird formula, weilks formula or something to work out how well you did proportionate to your weight.
In this comp the seemed to split the Men and the women apart, on different days. I was hoping to see some women lift! A women from Russia won almost all the medals.
You wouldn't believe how low some people go in the squat. All the squats in the gym that i see are well of the mark and i've only started to do them properly. They are really not that far off from deep squats.
Powerlifters definetly seem to have a common shape to their muscles but i can't quite place it?
It was also facinating to hear what muscles were used in all the parts of the lift. Like i never knew that you used your trapezius in the top part of the deadlift? Also what muscles are used at what stages in the bench.
Loads of the competers had big bellys, but i don't know if this was normal for powerlifters or if it was because of conditions that the lifters had.