Originally Posted by Coldsnap
Hmm, i power lift to be healthy and strong >.< Charly don't you think powerlifting can be really good for the body? I read how it increases bone density etc etc
I probably never going to compete. But i don't push it nearly hard enough compared to the real powerlifters in my gym... they are ballsy.
I think it can be good for the body for sure!
I was really referring to guys putting up totals above elite/pro levels.
It's not the "pushing hard" that is the main issue (although that's a part of it). I'd say once you get to those levels, it's more about the sheer poundage that's being move around and what kind of stress that puts on your body. Yea, stronger guys tend to have more muscle and stronger tendons but they're not made of anything special - in the end we are all human, skin and bones. I don't think any of us were really meant to deadlift 700+ pounds but that's the beauty of powerlifting and any other area of interest where people can push their bodies and/or minds to the limits (be it sports or academics).
That being said, I know a couple guys that have torn hammies during warm ups (granted these warm ups were a lot of weight) but for those individuals, they weren't particularly "pushing hard."