When you think powerlifting, most people think of big brooding men and women lifting weights that seem unreal or impossible for normal people to do. They often also think of it as something that tears the body down and causes injury.
Most would be surprised to know that the lifts specific to powerlifting could (and should) be used as therapy to help improve knee, back and overall bone health.
Although maximum effort lifts do invite some risk, the use of modified forms of the powerlifts, particularly the squat and deadlift can go very far in helping to alleviate knee and back pain. There is a ton of research that suggests and proves that with proper technique, progressive overload through the powerlifts can improve tendon/ligament strength, bone density and improve overall body composition. Who wouldn’t want to build more muscle, drop some body fat and feel better in the process?
If you’ve ever been curious about powerlifting but thought that “I’ve got a bad back”, or “I’ve got bad knees” so I’ll never be able to lift like that…you should reconsider! Some of the things that you learn such as proper breathing and proper core bracing and strengthening go a looooonnnng way towards helping to improve posture, reduce pain and discomfort and improve quality of life.
If you’ve been injured and are cleared to exercise (ALWAYS…ALWAYS follow your doctor’s advice when recovering from an injury) or you’re dealing with aches and pains in your knees and back, maybe its time to put the foam roller and massage tools away and load up a barbell.
If you’re curious about what that would look like, reach out to me at [email protected] and we can discuss all the opportunities we have at Tysons Playground to help get you healthy!