A powerlifting sport team has come to Hull, but they haven’t come quietly…
By Joseph Sheperd & Brandon Sewell
Powerlifting is a sport consisting of three lifts; the squat, the bench press and the deadlift. In competition the aim is to put up the highest total possible, your total is composed of your best squat, bench press and deadlift. You get three attempts in each lift to put up your best.
“It’s almost like our little weird gym family“
This is what one of our members Jack Nijar had to say about the team “I’ve been into fitness and weightlifting since I was 13, so I’ve always had a love for working out however I was carrying a lot of injuries due to the sports I used to play which I always thought would hold me back. However due to a friend of mine who brought me along to a powerlifting session I found ways to overcome these issues and I fell in love with it immediately. The sessions when we are training are super friendly and open to all no matter what level of experience you are and everyone pushes you to improve and are extremely supportive. It’s almost like our little weird gym family. The socials themselves are also amazing, they are chill and enjoyable. Since joining, a lot of my injuries are slowly becoming easier to handle and if not disappearing completely due to the strength I have gained. There is no better feeling then seeing yourself getting stronger overtime and moving heavier and heavier weights while also performing smarter and safer, joining this sport team is one of the best things I’ve done since joining uni. If you’re looking to get stronger, perform safer and smarter while also hanging out with a great group of people who will support you then powerlifting is the sport team for you.”
The benefits of resistance training have been well documented through recent years, not only for our physical health but our mental as well. It’s recommended that adults should do resistance training at least twice a week with a minimum of 150 minutes of activity per week. Powerlifting easily covers these set guidelines and can exceed them. On the mental side of things, a lot of our members use the gym as an escape from the stresses of university life as well as life stress in general. Also, powerlifting is an individual sport so for those who like to seek a challenge and push themselves, this would be a great fit.
There are many ways to get involved, the easiest way would be to come a session with hull university’s fastest growing sports team HUPLWL (Hull university Powerlifting & Weightlifting).
Email HUPLWL@gmail.com to join the greatest of them all