Powerlifting is a strength sport and weight training exercise that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. It's the ultimate test of strength and something all gym-goers can relate to - how much can you squat, bench press and deadlift?
This is your chance to watch some of New Zealand's top strength athletes battle for the title of best pound for pound lifter in New Zealand.
This event is hosted by New Zealand Powerlifting.
Competitors start in a standing position with a loaded barbell resting across their upper back / shoulders, then lower themselves until the angle between their lower leg and their hamstrings is 90 degrees or less. From this bottom point of the movement they then power back upwards, fully extending their legs and finishing in the start position.
Competitors lie on a bench with their feet flat on the floor, and lower a weighted bar to their chest.. A successful lift occurs when a lifter touches the bar to their chest, pauses for a beat, then presses the bar upwards, fully extending their arms.
In essence, a deadlift consists of picking up a heavy weight from the floor. Competitors stand behind a barbell, bend at the knees and grasp the weight, and stand back up. A successful lift is when the athlete is standing tall, their legs straight, and their arms locked out holding the bar.