Starting in the fall of 2019, we will be starting our first every powerlifting team. This is a no cut team where everyone at every level is welcome. This team is for both male and female. Students will be guided and watched by trained individuals with safety being our first priority. The goal is to have students participate in a High School championship at the end of the year. This team will be under the guidance and help of the Alberta Powerlifting Union and their executive – two of which are Team Canada Powerlifting Coaches.

How Powerlifting Works:

Powerlifting had three main lifts – squat, bench press, and deadlift. The student records their max lift in each at a tournament. These weights are then calculated using the Wilks Formula and then added together to get a final score. The Wilks formula calculates the weight lifted in comparison to your body weight – therefore champions are determined by weight lifted in comparison to body weight and not just maximum total weight lifted. Therefore the seemingly smallest person in the gym can still be the best overall power lifter in the gym.

Some helpful information from: allaboutpowerlifting.com 

Benefits of Powerlifting
Powerlifting offers many health benefits such as stronger muscles, stronger bones (and a decreased chance of developing osteoporosis later in life), stronger joints, improved metabolism, improved body composition (lose fat and gain muscle), improved work capacity, and a decreased risk of developing type II diabetes (which is becoming more and more common in children and teens). In addition, Powerlifting and weight lifting doesn’t have to stop when high school ends. Most high school athletes will not continue to play to competitive sports in college, and even fewer college athletes will play professional sports. But lifting weights is a viable form of exercise for those of any age. Powerlifting in specific has age groups for those under 13, 14-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-39, and then once you get into the master’s category (over 40) you can continue to lift as an adult.

Powerlifting can be a very valuable, healthy addition to your child’s life, whether it involves participation for 3 months or 10 years. It reinforces the benefits of a good work ethic and a healthy lifestyle. It fosters discipline and patience as the gains don’t come over night. Exercise has also been shown to improve concentration levels, the ability to focus on one task, and a general sense of wellbeing. With your support your student athlete may improve their sporting performance and they may possibly find another activity which will add to their overall happiness and fulfillment.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr. Taylor @ christopher.taylor@eips.ca