Looking to rev up your level of intense training in the gym? You can seek some inspiration from actor Kunal Kapoor who recently started with a non-Olympic weightlifting exercise known as powerlifting.
Here’s what he mentioned in an Instagram post.
“The best way to grow, in life or in the gym, is to try something new. Recently been introduced to the world of powerlifting and it’s definitely helped me get much stronger. Highly recommended,” said the actor who made his debut with Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities in 2004.
As a strength sport and weight training exercise, powerlifting consists of the practitioner attempting a maximal single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates.
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It is an intensive form of exercise which burns calories and accentuates fat loss along with lending athletic ability when performed with the right technique. Consisting just one rep, it tests one’s capability of lifting as much weight as possible, as against weightlifting that comprises multiple reps and usually doesn’t involve as much weight.
The three main exercises that powerlifting comprises is the squat, the deadlift and the bench press.
Powerlifting is about clear-cut goals, and is specific to the result-intended even in its method.
Why should you do powerlifting?
As a weight-bearing exercise that puts an increased amount of weight on one’s bones, powerlifting is considered beneficial for bones in the long run. Such a form of exercise helps the bones grow thicker, denser and bigger in size. This can delay the process of bone health deteriorating when age tends to catch up.
While it may look like your muscles are under extreme weight which can lead to poor posture, the deadlift is an extremely beneficial exercise to improve poor posture. The deadlift works most of the muscles in the legs, lower back, and core and is most commonly associated with building strength and power. It also correctly strengthens the spine, which can improve posture. Squats strengthen the leg and core muscles. They also stretch the hip flexors, adductors and lumbar spine, which when tight can cause bad posture.
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As a calorie-intensive form of exercise, this form of weight training helps burn the fat reserves in the body. A daily lifting routine is also said to increase EPOC or exercise post energy consumption levels which means that the body continues to burn an increased number of calories long after the powerlifting routine is over. Therefore, it increases the metabolic rate of the body throughout the day.
As your heart and lungs get more efficient with the regimen, practitioners can fend off colds and chronic issues that develop in the long-term including high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Don’t overlook these aspects
Be aware that powerlifting does build muscle mass, which is a weight gain in muscles rather than fat.
Powerlifting is all about working hard, training frequently, following the right programme and doing the lifts with good form, preferably under an experienced coach/trainer.