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How to powerlift with a disability?
The benefits of powerlifting have been well documented and proven by many different studies and it is these benefits that will be passed on to a person who does powerlifting that has a disability. From an increased in muscle strength, bone density and general health and fitness the benefits are endless.
The way that you powerlift is obviously going to depend on your specific disability that you are dealing with. For some disabilities in order to learn how to powerlift with certain disabilities you may need special accommodations. But there are a range of accepted mechanisms to help a disabled person.
If you are able to find a special exercise facility that have special benches to accommodate disabled people. These are things like benches that have straps designed to stabilize the lower part of your body as you bench press. In addition, you will likely need a spotter on hand as you work out.
A spotter's job can include removing the weight bar from the rack, adding and removing weights, helping to ensure that the bar and the weights remain stable and aiding you in staying safe as you lift. The sport is well regulated and governed by very specific rules that are easy to understand.
You might have seen during the recent Para-Olympics Games were held in London that there is a wide range of different events that disabled people compete in. But Powerlifting has been among the competitive sports in which you can participate with a physical- or vision-related disability.
According to DisabledPowerlifting.org, people with disabilities compete in the United States Paralympics with the bench press, but the powerlift used in other competitions depends on the sporting event rules and the type of disability a person has.
For example, you might train for the bench press and earn a place on a para-olympic team, which participates in sporting events arranged for disabled people. This however does not come easily and often is the result of years of hard training.
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