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bigironcross 12-24-2011 05:18 PM

Olympic Lifting or Power Lifting
Hello all,

My 21 year old son who is currently in the US Army serving in Afghanistan asked me about competing in either Olympic lifting or Power lifting. He is currently 158 pounds and said that he could probably weight about 148 pounds to compete. He can do 335 on bench press, squat 385 twice and dead lift about 425.

As you can imagine, his gym equipment isn't currently the best. No platforms, cushioned weights, etc. so that he can drop the weights during max attempts.

What do you think? Olympic lifting or Power lifting?

Thanks in advance, Troy

Charles Izzo 12-25-2011 08:22 AM

By the looks of it, he's already excellent at powerlifting for his weight. I'd probably recommend for him to just stick with that. I wouldn't be surprised if he could break some sort of records when he comes back to the states.

Speaking of that, powerlifting is a lot more popular in the states, so its a lot easier to find gyms that are powerlifting friendly as well as finding people to train with as well as local contests.

bigironcross 12-31-2011 12:06 PM

Do any colleges/universities have Olympic or Power Lifting as part of their athletic programs?

I was wondering how individuals become part of the US team in these sports.

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