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Strongman and Powerlifting: Battle of the Strength

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Hear stories, advice and tips from experts in the field of Strongman and Powerlifting. Learn the differences in the 2 sports. Strongman competition is extrememly hard, with the most physically challenging events. Strongman competitors are fantastically strong, but their strength carries over to the real world. They can lift, pull, and throw things that would cripple mere mortals. Some of their physiques are so well-developed that you have to think they could win a bodybuilding contest with a few weeks of dieting. Whereas, Powerlifting consists of three types of lifts, though they are different than in Olympic weightlifting; powerlifting uses the "squat," the "bench press" and the "deadlift." The squat involves removing the weight from a rack at chest height, lowering the body into a squatting position and using the legs to raise the body back up to place the weight back on the rack. The bench press also uses a rack, with the lifter lying beneath the weight on a padded bench; the lifter must remove the weight from the rack, lower it to his chest and raise it back to the height of the rack. The deadlift doesn't use a rack, but instead begins with the weight on the floor. The lifter uses his legs to raise the weight to waist height and then lowers the weight back to the ground. Like Olympic weightlifting, power lifters are scored on the best lift out of three.

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