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What Is Powerlifting?

Powerlifting is a weight-classed strength sport. In competitive powerlifting, only one thing matters and that’s having the highest total possible. An athlete’s total is comprised of the three competition lifts and these lifts include the,

  • Squat
  • Bench Press
  • Deadlift

As a whole, the sport of powerlifting is growing at both a competitive and recreational level. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see many recreational lifters “train like a powerlifter”, even though they have no aspirations to compete. Whether you’re setting records or brand new to the sport, this page will serve as your all-in-one powerlifting home!

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Mary Hodge

Meet Mary Hodge, USA Para Powerlifting’s Strength Mastermind

Mary Hodge is the U.S. Paralympics Powerlifting Head Coach and the High-Performance Manager of Paralympic Operations of USA Para Powerlifting (USAPP). Her roster includes several elite Para powerlifters — including two-time Paralympian Shafik Ahmed, two-time Paralympic gold-medalist Kim Brownfield, four-time...

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