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Fitness Trainer March/April 2017

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The Making of Strength Athletes By Manny Prieto ompetitions can be a great way to keep per- sonal training clients motivated, and power- lifting is no exception. While the best powerlifters are known for some amazing feats of strength, powerlifting meets are open to everyone, and in- deed powerlifters come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. Understandably, though, the thought of a powerlifting meet can be intimidating, especially for those new to the sport. This article will help you decide if your client is ready to compete, along with some tips to be as prepared for that first meet as possible. What is Powerlifting? Powerlifting is a competition that tests a 1RM in the squat, bench press, and deadlift. This is not to be confused with Weightlifting or Bodybuild- ing, which are different sports. Weightlifting tests a 1RM in the snatch and the clean and jerk (powerlifting is not an Olympic sport but weightlifting is, which is why the snatch and clean and jerk are often referred to as the Olympic lifts). In bodybuilding, on the other hand, competitors are judged on the appearance of their physiques instead of how much weight they can lift. C

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