Tagged: Powerlifting

The Competitive Sport of Powerlifting

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Anthony Courcy serves as general manager and training coach with the Clay, New York-based KFC Restaurants. In that role, he trains all managers in the state and helps transition them into their respective stores. He has also increased sales from $3.1 million to $3.4 million at his own multi-brand store. When not at work, Anthony Courcy enjoys powerlifting, having competed in the sport from a young age.

Powerlifting focuses not on the development of a desirable physique but on the pure attainment of brute strength. As a sport that aims to continually exceed and reset goals, powerlifting is as much about mental fortitude as it is about physical ability.

At its core, powerlifting involves increasing weight capacity in three basic exercises: the bench press, the dead lift, and the squat. Competitions may involve one or more of those exercises. Athletes compete in powerlifting classes based upon their gender, age, and body weight. Competitors in each class have three chances to attempt each lift, and only the best lift is added to their total score. Powerlifters must adhere to strict lift techniques and signal requirements in order to receive a score for the lift. If multiple lifters receive the same score, the lifter with the lowest body weight will be declared the winner.

USA Powerlifting, the nation’s leading powerlifting organization, sanctions competitions at the local, regional, and national levels. USA Powerlifting also chooses the top national powerlifters to compete at the international level, as well as the national team that will compete at the World Games, an international competition for sports not included in the Olympics. The 2017 World Games are scheduled to take place in Wroclaw, Poland, July 20-30.