So what are the benefits of powerlifting? What does powerlifting do to your body? There are various health benefits of powerlifting including weight loss, fat loss, strength and muscle gain. You can also use powerlifting for fat loss and weight loss.
What is Powerlifting?
Powerlifting is the squat, bench press, and deadlift, and these are all compound movements any one of which work muscles all across your body.
Compound exercises are exercises that work multiple muscle groups at the same time. For example, a squat is a compound exercise that works the quadriceps, glutes, and calves. The biggest benefits of compound exercises are an efficient use of your time, burning more calories, elevating heart rate, improving flexibility, improving strength and gaining more muscle mass.
A recent study determined that while powerlifting and strength training result in similar improvements to muscle mass, powerlifting is more effective for increasing actual strength.
Powerlifting for weight loss
Incorporating powerlifting into your weight loss journey will help you shed pounds quicker. It helps increase your metabolic rate, and that means that every pound of muscle you have burns off more calories than every pound of fat you have, even at a state of rest.
Alice Fields tried cardio for years but she absolutely hated it. She changed to powerlifting and said "I fell in love with the sport instantly. I started noticing changes with my body within about a month. Not only had my strength increased dramatically, but my whole body composition changed. My bum was perkier then ever and my clothes were getting loser.”
Powerlifting to slow age related injuries
Aside from superficial perks, powerlifting helps thwart age related injuries. Strong muscles lead to strong bones, which means a lower risk of fracture, and a lower risk of osteoporosis.
The loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) and strength can be severe, greatly affecting quality of life by increasing the odds of falls and bone breaks that can cascade into other medical problems.
There are lots of other great benefits to powerlifting. It can reduce your risk of depression, heart disease, and diabetes.
Powerlifting for fat loss
Combing powerlifting with controlled calories, and fat loss is guaranteed. You could either focus on gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time (body recomposition) or just focus on fat loss. If your goal priority is fat loss then work with one of our ELITE fat loss coaches to provide a reduced calorie nutrition plan. Combing a calorie deficit with powerlifting is the quickest way to burn fat and gain strength.
Lifting heavy weights is a high intensity workout that lets you burn a large amount of calories and your body will turn to burning energy from your fat reserves if it doesn’t have enough calories at hand to convert to energy to perform powerlifts. And over time, this can even lead to an increase in your metabolic rate.
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