Powerlifting is a sport for ALL Blind and Visually Impaired Athletes! Powerlifting will increase and develop an athlete's physical strength and skills regardless of their team sport. The scientific evidence exists that any form of strength training will improve any athlete’s performance.
Distinct from weightlifting, a sport made up of two lifts: the Snatch and the Clean-and-Jerk, where the weight is lifted above the head, powerlifting is comprised of three lifts: the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. Powerlifting competitions may be comprised of one, two or all three of the lifting disciplines.
Athletes are categorized by sex, age and bodyweight. Each competitor is allowed three attempts at each lift, the best lift in each discipline being added to their overall total. The lifter with the highest total in their respective age and weigh class will be declared the winner. In cases where two or more lifters achieve the same total, the person with the lightest bodyweight wins.
Overall, weight training is a natural means of exercise for the blind as it requires little start-up expenses and can be achieved at home or in a gymnasium. For the competitive athlete who is looking for an activity that he or she can perform alongside other able-bodied individuals, powerlifting is one of the few sports where a visually impaired athlete can compete on an equal basis. Powerlifting is a sport for “every-body”!
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