What do normal people think of powerlifting?

If you are unfamiliar with it, powerlifting is a sport made up of 3 weight lifting events, the squat, bench press and deadlift.

I know bodybuilders are usually looked down on by society because they are seen as being superficial and obsessed with their appearance, which is true to some extent.

I get the feeling that most people see anyone who does any type of strength or muscle based sport as 'knuckle heads' who are shallow and not too smart.

I think most people imagine powerlifters to be huge fat guys who lift ridiculous weights and just want to show off.

Myself, I weigh about 80kg/180lb, I dont look particularly muscular or fat. Most people dont even notice that I workout but I am stronger than most people my size. I dont use my strength to bully people or anything like that. I just see it as a way of keeping myself healthy and disciplined, kinda like martial arts.

If you met someone who seemed just like anyone else, who told you they do powerlifting, how would that affect your view of them?

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  • Two of my cousins do it. The guy cousin is a prison guard, and he works out a lot, so he's pretty muscular but he's not massive. He refused to go for the steriods cos he's not a dumbfuck.

    His younger sister is 21 and just starting out. She looks like your average well toned woman.

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  • It wouldn't much. I might appeal to their hobby if I need help moving furniture or something. Otherwise you shouldn't judge people by their lifestyle, or get into a fight with someone who can probably dead lift you.

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  • hernias hemorrhoids and hgh

    i knows im prolly wrong but yall asked

    also yallre askin for normal peoples opinions on this here website?

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    • I had a hemhorroid burst one time. It was crazy, I nearly bled to death out the ass

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    • By normal I mean people who arent involved in it.

      What's hgh?

      It sounds like a noise I make while lifting weights.

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      • human growth hormone aka steroids

        its what put the rod in arod

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        • Yeah a lot of powerlifters use steroids, but in recent years there has been a big increase in people doing the sport without steroids and the lower weight classes have become much more popular with people looking to get strong without getting huge and unhealthy.

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          • well thats good

            mosta them bodybuilder types internal organs and cardiovascular systems is a fuckin mess from what ive been told

            sounds like yallre doin it right

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  • I worked with a guy that was a power lifter and he became one of my best friends. He was 6'5" tall and 350 pounds solid muscle. His wife was half his size. She looked like his kid sister. He wasn't full of himself and show offy at all. He was in fact quite humble.

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  • I train alone and usually dont have a spotter. I never use clips to hold the plates on the bar, so if I fail a rep, I can tip the weights off to the sides. Id never attempt a really heavy weight without a spotter unless im sure I can complete it.

    Thankfully no accidents yet

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  • There is certainly a stereotype that weightlifters and bodybuilders are superficial, meatheaded, steroid-abusing jock.

    As far as I can recall, I've only known one weightlifter and that was several decades back. He wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he was a nice guy, we were friends, and I didn't look down on him because of his hobby.

    I don't have a particularly positive view of guys who go around flashing their muscles and trying to impress, but then I also think guys who drive hideously expensive sports cars or wear Rolexes and $10,000 suits are also immature, insecure dicks.

    If I met someone who mentioned that he shares your hobby, I wouldn't immediate write him off as being someone not worth getting to know.

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    • There is a certain section of the weightlifting/powerlifting community who are more interested in having all the latest gear than getting strong. Like paying £200 for a pair of squat shoes and £50 for a pair of knee sleeves and a £150 belt just so they can look like a real hardcore lifter while they lift baby weights. I call them douche bags.

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