Powerlifting is a sport that consists of three events: squat, bench press and deadlift.
When squatting, the bar is first raised from the rack to the lifter’s shoulders and fixed in the starting position (knees and body erect). After the head referee’s command, the lifter drops into a squat position so that the top surface of the leg at the hip joint is lower than the top of the knee. After reaching the required depth, the lifter returns to the starting position.
The bench press begins with taking the loaded bar off the rack onto erect harms and fixing the starting position, where the arms are erect and legs are immobile. Then, the lifter lowers the bar to their chest and keeps it there motionless until the head referee gives permission to press the bar. The press ends with lifting the bar until the arms are erect.
In deadlift, the athlete has to raise the bar from the platform floor so that they assume a final position where their knees and back are erect and fixed. After reaching the final position, the referee gives a hand signal to release the bar on the floor.
The ranking of the competitors in body weight categories is determined according to the total score which is the result of summing up the best results of the squat, bench press and deadlift. In addition to the champions of each body weight category, also a Champion of Champions is determined in championships. To establish the Champion of Champions, the competitors are ranked according to the total sum of Wilks’ points, which are calculated on the basis of the total final sum of the competitors’ points and their body weight. According to Wilks’ points, it is possible to say which competitor is the strongest as to their body weight.
Our sports club combines powerlifting with weightlifting as the powerlifting squat, bench press and deadlift are a part of weightlifting trainings.