A lot of power at Highland competition

September 16, 2015   ·   0 Comments

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 9.12.04 PMThe Highland Powerlifting Club hosting their second annual open powerlift- ing competition at the Athlete Institute on Saturday, September 12, with over 40 competitors taking part.

The event was sanctioned by the Ontario Powerlifting Association and was subject to the rules and regulations of the Association.

The event was held in two parts.

First up was the bench press. This was a stand alone competition with some competitors entered in this event only.

During the lift, each competitor gets a signal from the judges to lower the bar. Once it touches the chest the judges again yell out a signal and the bar must be raised to the upright position.

If a competitor can’t get the bar back to the upright position it is counted as a failed attempt.

Spotters stand by on each side of the bench to step in if someone has trouble completing the lift.

Then came the three lift competition. This includes the bench press, squat, and dead lift.

Competitors are allowed three lifts in each activity with their best lift in each event going toward their points total.

The total of the three events gives each person their final score.

Three judges make sure each lift is done correctly and according to the rules to count.

“We have 30 competitors for the three-lift and 13 for the bench press,” Explained Highland Powerlifting Club member James Newton. “They come from all across the province. They come from dif- ferent clubs and independent people that don’t belong to a club. That’s referred to as being unattached. You don’t have to be part of a club. You can compete on your own.”

The competition is an open event so anyone who thinks they have the right stuff can sign up.

“We’re affiliated with the Ontario Powerlifting Association. It’s all governed by their rules,” Newton said.

Usually a lifter will select the first weight based on what they know they can lift then work up from there for a higher score.

“You get three attempts. You have the squat, bench press, and dead lift. Your best lifts – you combine your total,” Newton said. “Typically you want to make sure you go on the board. If you go in there and lift your max, but get disqualified for whatever reason and you fail on your three attempts, you will be disqualified from the competition itself. If you fail at all three attempts you can’t move on. You have to be strategic. For me, the first lift is almost like my last warm-up before I try my max attempts. I lift something I know I’ll be able to do for so many reps that I’ve done previously in my training.”

The sport is a combination of strength and technique and requires constant training if you want to remain competitive.

Two provincial records were broken at the Saturday event.

Loc Nguyen, weighing in the 74 kilo class, (162.8 lbs) set a new record with a 15 kilo (330 lbs) lift.

Mary Ann Kaczor set a record bench press with 122.5 kilos (269.5 lbs). She was competing in the 72 kilo (158.4 lb) class.

The Highland Powerlifting Club thanks all volunteers and sponsors who were involved as they would not be able to run an event like this without their help.

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