Darwin Powersports Inc. is a not for profit association dedicated to growing and promoting strength sports in the Northern Territory through the encouragement and support of members. It is our vision to bring club members to National and World competition levels while promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press and deadlift. In competition, lifts may be performed equipped or un-equipped (typically referred to as 'raw' lifting). Equipment in this context refers to a supportive bench shirt or squat/deadlift suit or briefs. In some federations, knee wraps are permitted in the equipped but not un-equipped division; in others, they may be used in both equipped and un-equipped lifting. Weight belts, knee sleeves, wrist wraps and special footwear may also be used, but are not considered when distinguishing equipped from un-equipped lifting.
DPI is Powerlifting Australia affiliated, running PA sanctioned competitions and supporting a number of PA accredited coaches within the territory.
Training for strongman involves building overall strength in the gym, and training with competition implements to gain familiarity. In the gym it is necessary to train the entire body for strength, especially with variants of the squat, deadlift, and overhead press. Also important is explosive power, developed by weightlifting-style lifts, and cardiovascular conditioning. Grip strength must also be developed. Like any sport, it is necessary to train using the equipment one encounters in the sport. In the case of strongman, these include logs, tires, yokes, farmer's walk implements, etc.; building strength in the gym alone is insufficient.
Our Strongman Rep Marshall runs informal Strongman training sessions at Snap Winnellie; follow our Territory Strongman page on Facebook for more information.
Olympic weightlifting, also called Olympic-style weightlifting or weightlifting, is an athletic discipline in the modern Olympic programme in which participants attempt a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates.
The two competition lifts in order are the snatch and the clean and jerk. Each weightlifter receives three attempts in each, and the combined total of the highest two successful lifts determines the overall result within a bodyweight category. Bodyweight categories are different for women and men. A lifter who fails to complete at least one successful snatch and one successful clean and jerk also fails to total, and therefore receives an "incomplete" entry for the competition.
If you are interested in weightlifting, contact Leanne from the Northern Territory Weightlifting Association (details below).