If you care about mental wellbeing, this is for you.
Whether or not you know what powerlifting is, it doesn’t matter. In fact, if you don’t know what it is, all the better. We would like to share this tool with you.
Powerlifting and your health
Powerlifting can be a way to improve mental wellbeing.
We’ve seen many impacts from this sport; but not only are many people unaware of the positive impacts, both physical and mental; most people don’t even know what powerlifting is. If you are one of these people, we would like to reach out to you with this project and share the impact powerlifting has had on our (and others’) mental health.
Powerlifting has various stigma associated with it; however we think by sharing the impact it has had on our lives we can show that it is not only a tool to get physically stronger, but also to improve mental strength.
We live in a very health-conscious society, where everyone is trying to make sure they are living a physically healthy life – e.g. exercising and trying to eat in what is considered a healthy manner – however, with the constant stimulation and busyness of our lives, the mental side is often neglected.
Where Powerlifting Mind fits in
With the rise of social media, there is often a lot of pressure to be seen as being perfect which only adds to these challenges.
There are numerous guides on how to achieve optimum health.
This bombardment of information can be very overwhelming. We’re not trying to convince people to choose powerlifting as their “magic pill”.
Instead, we just want to spread the knowledge and experiences we have had, and help you to see the other side of powerlifting. You may even end up applying some of these mindsets and techniques to another sport or area of your life.
What we’ll cover
- Body image – improving body image through a focus on performance instead of aesthetics
- Food – improving relationship with food, and using food as a tool to fuel performance
- Mental resilience – exploring mindsets of training vs competition
- Community – the social aspect of powerlifting and finding a community of like-minded people through the sport
- Self-confidence – improved attitudes on life and self
Who we are
Here’s a bit of background on us to give you some context on our journey and why we’re doing this:
Suzanne started powerlifting in October 2014 because she wanted to get stronger and focus on body performance rather than aesthetics.
This was catalysed by previously going through some issues with body image and her relationship with food.
Over the course of her career so far she has represented team GB at the World Classic Bench Championships; podiumed at the University World Championships in two consecutive years; and captained the Cambridge University Powerlifting Club (CUPLC) to a Varsity victory; as well as getting the men’s and women’s teams to the University World Championships.
She is most proud of contributing to the growth of CUPLC, and especially with motivating lifters to compete. In her spare time she likes learning about sustainability.
Raghul started powerlifting in March 2016 because whilst boxing at university he started to miss the more self-led nature of lifting; and saw the opportunity to now push it competitively.
So far he has won the British University Championships, competed in the University World Championships and is currently captaining CUPLC.
He is most proud of being able to help new lifters and share his excitement for the sport. In his spare time he likes to work on social impact projects.