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Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Power Lifter?

You don’t have to be freakishly strong…

One of the most exciting sports to watch at the Olympics is always the power all lifting. This is the simple sport of lifting weights above the head in a feat of incredible strength, endurance, timing and mental toughness. When you watch the men and women hauling these impossible weights up into the air it is easy to think that they can’t be that heavy but in reality the top level athletes are lifting weights similar to that of cars or small boats.

So what if you decided you want to be one of these lycra clad heroes? Is it possible to be a normal person on the street and just start lifting big things over your head? This article will let you know if you have what it takes to be a power lifter.

You don’t have to be a freak

You may think that the only way these goliaths are able to do this is due to being born with super strength that makes them a modern day superhero, but normally these power lifters start off much like you or I with normal average strength. Power lifting is a sport like most others: of course it helps to have a bit of an aptitude for the skills required and it also helps to be naturally quite strong but not having these things should not be allowed to stand your way. You just need to train hard and have discipline and you will be able to lift some pretty heavy weights before long.

You need discipline

This is an absolute must as without it there is no chance you will be able to lift more than a bag of sugar. First you need to be disciplined with your training. If you want to be a power lifter you need to work through a rigorous and demanding training schedule. You need to start with small weights and build up your weight slowly but steadily. You will reach a plateau at some point where it feels like you can’t lift any more no matter how much fancy weight lifting equipment or strongman equipment you use. This is the point where real discipline comes in as you have to persevere through hours of training just to get a tiny increase in weight.

Along with this you need to be able to control your diet. You need to eat a lot of protein to help you grow you muscles, you need to eat a lot of carbohydrates to help you have the energy to keep going and you need to lay off empty calories that really don’t help your body to get stronger.