The first time I competed in a Deadlift competition, it was intimidating to say the least. On top of that, my training had only been going on for about three months and I was never faster than 135 pounds. For anyone who doesn’t know what a Deadlift competition is, it’s essentially just like any other sport or hobby you can think of – with one caveat: You are required to deadlift a certain amount of weight off the ground each time, and then doing said movement as many times as possible.
I feel like people will love this article if they are interested in finding out more about how to get started in this type of lifting competition because there is so much useful information included.
I also feel like beginners can benefit from reading this article as they will get a feeling of what they are getting into. Please keep in mind that this information is meant to be beneficial and informative, but is by no means to be followed slavishly. You should consult your doctor or, preferably, a trainer before making any major changes in your workout plan.
What is a Deadlift Competition?
A Deadlift Competition is an event where individuals participate in a competition against other participants by lifting a weight from the ground and trying to complete as many repetitions as possible.
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The weight lifted is generally a barbell loaded with a standard amount of weight. The quality of the lift is not taken into account, so those who load the weight unevenly will be going against others who have more even loading on their barbell.
Are there Different Classes?
The only class that is available for many of these events is an Open Class. You can register as an individual on your own or as part of a team. This will not automatically guarantee you a spot in the Open Class, because there are usually a lot of people registered and this is usually a matter of luck. As long as you sign up for an event, plan to lift that day, and then show up at the lifting room location on that day, you will be there to compete in the competition no matter what class you register for.
What is the Barbell Weight?
The amount of weight you have to lift can vary widely. Depending on the individual competition, you may be lifting anywhere from 120 pounds to over 300 pounds. This means that some of the events are more suited for beginners and others are geared towards experienced lifters. The best way to determine if this is a competition you’re interested in doing or not is to read the information list on the website of that event.
Are there Prizes?
For many of the competitions that take place, there are prizes. In many cases, these prizes are manufactured by the organizers. Other times, small cash prizes are given to the top competitors. These can range from $50 to several hundred dollars depending on where you are located and the organizer of where you’re competing.
How Much Does it Cost?
The cost of competing in a deadlift competition is relatively inexpensive compared to other sports out there. Many competitions cost $20 to enter, so you’re already saving a lot of money by competing in this type of event instead of something like powerlifting or the Olympics.
What Equipment is Needed for Deadlift Competitions?
On top of a pair of shoes and clothes, you will need one or two belts in order to be able to compete. If you have never competed in a lifting competition before and do not own one, it’s best to see if the organizer has any that they are willing to lend out. They can range in price from $20 to $200 each. Some competitions do not require belts, although this varies by competition as well.
What are the Benefits?
The benefits of competing in a deadlift competition are quite obvious. There is a lot of weight that you’re lifting, and you’ll be sore for several days after your first few lifts. This is a great way to get yourself pumped up to train harder and more often.
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I’ve been involved in many events and the best part about them is that they are all very friendly and welcoming. There are usually a lot of people who will help you with the process of preparation, training, and follow-up on what went well or bad on your lifts. This means contacting them at least once a week during your training cycle to report back how you’re progressing and what you need to do next time out.
How much can you gain from competing in a competition? It’s hard to say exactly. The bottom line is that if you’re putting in the training and are taking the mindset of training as hard as you possibly can, then you will get results. I have competed in several events myself, and I know for a fact that it has made me a lot stronger and more confident in my lifts than I was at the beginning of my lifting journey.