When it comes to weight loss or wanting to maintain good health, most women shy away from powerlifting. They’re afraid of bulking and being compared to men. But, wouldn’t it be awesome to deadlift or bench press 300 – 500 pounds without losing your femininity? Absolutely and it’s totally possible!
Brittany Jade is a 31-year-old strength athlete and powerlifter from Las Vegas, NV. She can deadlift 565 pounds, squat 495 pounds, and bench press 320 pounds. Jade is also a drug-free female competitor, which means she doesn’t consume anything to enhance her body nor her performance. Now, this is #blackgirlmagic.
Benefits of Powerlifting
Powerlifting is a strength sport that incorporates exercises such as squats, deadlifts, and bench press. While squatting works the muscles in your legs and hip, deadlifting is meant to strengthen your back and legs. As for bench press, this exercise strengthens most of the muscles in the upper body, but more specifically the chest.
Powerlifting is known to be an intense form of training. Not only will you burn a large number of calories, the long-term effect it will have on your metabolism is also a positive. Your body will start burning off stored fat, along with the foods you consume.
Increase Athletic Stability
While a majority of athletes tend to stay away from powerlifting due to the belief that it is only for individuals that desire to bulk up or gain weight, powerlifting has several benefits for the everyday athlete. Powerlifting improves speed and explosion. According to Livestrong, 2004 research studies show the correlation between squat strength, sprinting and vertical jumps. So, if your goal is to sprint, practice gymnastics, box, or martial arts, powerlifting would help you increase your athletic stability in these particular activities.
Ladies, don’t underestimate your body. Your body can accomplish anything. Don’t be afraid to be athletic, stronger and faster!