Looking to get stronger? Whether you’ve been hitting the gym for years, or if you’re just considering starting your weightlifting journey, joining a gym that specialises in weightlifting could help you reach your goals faster and teach you the correct form to avoid injury.
While most commercial gyms put a heavy focus on bodybuilding weight machines and treadmills, in Hong Kong, there's been a growing number of boutique gyms that offer specialised weight training classes such as powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting and strongman.
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Powerlifting focuses on three main lifts: the squat, bench press and deadlift. The focus in this sport is to lift as heavy as possible in lower repetitions, building up to the heaviest one rep max (1RM) possible. During the competition, athletes get three attempts at lifting the maximal weight on the three exercises.
While powerlifters mainly focus on the core lifts, accessory exercises are important to help strengthen muscles that aid in stabilisation during the lifts in order to avoid injury and muscle imbalance.