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Can you start powerlifting at 30? [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jul 24, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Can you start powerlifting at 30?

Can you start powerlifting at 30?

You can absolutely start powerlifting at 30. Be mindful about your fitness level and start your journey based on this. 
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What is your why 

Before we go into the details of whether you can start powerlifting at 30, let me ask you a couple of questions: 
  • Why do you want to powerlift
  • Why do you want to start at 30
  • What happens when you do 
  • What happens if you don’t 
These questions will make all the difference between your success and failure. Research shows that people who reflect on their goals and write them down are more likely to achieve them. Get some breathing space, a note pad and start to think and write. Many people go about their lives like this: 
  • What do I want 
  • How do I get it 
  • Why do I want it 
Almost everyone knows what they want. Fewer make a detailed plan on how to get there. Almost no one writes down why they want the things they want. If you make what you want the center of your life you will be chasing your own tail. What you want changes hundreds of times a day. Don’t let your monkey mind get the better of you. Otherwise, you will spread your resources thin and scatter your time between too many activities. Something interesting happens when you flip these questions on their head: 
  • Why do you want something 
  • How do you get it 
  • What needs to be done 
This way your dreams will become the center of your life. Your thoughts and actions will become more connected. This, in turn, will get you to your goals quicker. If you want to know how this works on a psychological level read Daniel Kahneman's thinking fast and slow. Simon Sinek's TED talk on the golden circle will change your life. 


Powerlifting is the sport of scoring the best possible total. Your total consists of three lifts. These are the bench press, squat, and deadlift. You get three attempts for each lift to establish your best weight lifted. The best attempt each lift will be summed up into your total. 
Most times your total consists of 20% of the bench press and 40% of the squat and deadlift each. The big difference to lifting in the gym is that you will get judged. There will be three referees who decide whether you have performed the lifts according to the standard of the federation you compete in. You need two out of three judges to approve your lift to be able to count it towards your total. 

Powerlifting programs to consider

Being 30 and beyond 

You can start anything at 30. What you have to watch out for is your fitness level. If you never have paid attention to your diet and fitness you might want to start with something else than powerlifting to lose weight first. 
If you have been active in your teenage years just pay attention to proper form. Pull up Stronglifts 5x5 or Starting Strength and get going. 

Can you start powerlifting at 30 

Absolutely! The only thing to watch out for is your fitness levels and start your hour ey accordingly. Do your research or get the professional help of a personal trainer. 

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