When you think “powerlifting,” what comes to mind? Maybe you think it’s just picking up some heavy weights. Maybe you’re picturing big, buff, dudes lifting a bunch of heavy things. Well we have those, too. But there is definitely a lot more that meets the eye when it comes to powerlifting, and it’s definitely not just for men.
So what is it?
Collegiate powerlifting involves three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. The cool part about it is that you work on two levels: as a team, and on an individual level. You constantly challenge yourself to do better and reach new personal records, and that in turn, rewards the team (and we have a Men’s AND Women’s team!).
What makes it so great?
YOU GET STRONGER. We lift weights- that’s a given, but lifting weights requires more than raw strength. Training to get perfect form keeps us safe and racks up the pounds we can lift. The strength increase we see from our team during our practices is incredible!
YOU LEARN RESPONSIBILITY. Our sport takes dedication and is not for the faint-hearted. But if you’re committed, the rewards are amazing! Strength gain both mentally and physically is one of the best parts of powerlifting. You learn how to be responsible for yourself and how to help your team. I’ve met so many people on the team that are all so different, but we all share the desire to better ourselves. The friends you make here are unforgettable!
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A GUY. Hey, FEMALE LIFTERS! Now that you know a little about us, let me address a few common misconceptions girls have about lifting: “I’m gonna get huge!” – You won’t! Lifting weights actually tones the body and gives you a great shape. Sure you can run and do all the intensive cardio you want and lose weight, but it doesn’t do much for your muscle definition. But let’s remember the important thing here: you’ll be much stronger and healthier and feel great. Trust me, I’ve never felt fitter in my life! “But it’s so unsafe!” – We put safety first, and you’ll have your technique down pat before we let you lift anything heavy enough to hurt you. Plus, you always have your fellow lifters spot you and they’ll be there for you to make sure everything goes just right! But yes, you do have to be tough and work hard.
Now that you know more about us…you think you got what it takes?
Natalie Domingue // LSU Powerlifter
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