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Powerlifting is a weightlifting discipline. It consists of three events: squat, bench press and deadlift. The maximum weight lifted in each event is totalled for a final score; lifters compete in bodyweight classes.

The Cyclops campaign hopes to make Powerlifting an Olympic sport in 2004. [1] (http://www.powerlifting.com/cyclops/index.cfm)

  • In the squat, the athlete stands under a supported barbell which is loaded with weight. He takes the weight on his shoulders, walks clear of the supports, then squats down until his thighs are parallel to the floor. He then stands up again and returns the weight to the supports.

  • In the bench press, the athlete lays back on a bench. Above him is a barbell on supports, approximately level with mid-chest. He takes the bar in his hands, removes it from the supports, lowers it to his chest and then presses it up to the full extension of his arms.

  • In the deadlift, a loaded barbell is placed on the floor. The athlete hunkers down, takes the bar in his hands, and lifts the bar until his legs and back are straight.

Powerlifting is open to both men and women.


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