Powerlifting enters ‘Squatober’ with state tournament goals


photo or infographic by Kendall Cobb

TO THE MAX. Working with the rest of the powerlifting team, junior Nicole Urrutia deadlifts at practice Sept 29.

by Stephanie Keele, VOW Multimedia editor

 Powerlifting is about more than the three lifts. Yes, mastering the squat, the bench and the deadlift are the key to winning championships, but lifters have to start with the basics. Warm ups are essential and help perfect the right form. 

Voluntary powerlifting practice started on Sept. 28th. Lifters are training to get ready to dominate the upcoming season. 

Powerlifting is more than a sport to many of the participants. It is like therapy each time they lift.

“I first started to help vent out my anger, but now it means so much more,” senior Janice Maldonado said.  “I look forward to making new friends that have the same desire to get better.” 

Lifters start to set new personal goals for this upcoming season. They are looking forward to making this their best year yet. 

“I am excited to set new personal records since it’s my senior year,” senior Rachel Smith. “I hope to have the opportunity to compete at the state level.” 

Powerlifting may be about an individual’s score, but it’s much more than that. The team turns to family and continues to grow every meet. 

“People should join powerlifting to join the family atmosphere,” senior Sean Calkin said. “It helps you meet new people that will push you to be your best.”

As the season is coming up, lifters are training to get ready to come back stronger and better. Squatober helps the lifters practice correct form, squat more and get stronger. 

“We are doing our maxs for squat, deadlift and bench right now,” senior Carolina Torres said. “We will move onto Squatober on Friday.” 

Powerlifters not only hope to qualify for state, but also bring inspiration to others. They want to spread their dedication and hard work to others who desire to reach their goals. 

“My hope for this season is to make it to state like before and bring as many people with me,” senior Avari Ford said. “I also hope that I could help an underclassmen love and appreciate the sport as much as I do.”