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Weightlifting is a type of physical activity performed individually both as a means of fitness and as competition. The primary objectives of weightlifting are to increase the strength and size of skeletal muscle. Weighttraining can use a variety of equipment to target different muscles in the body.

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aerobic exercise

Sports; Weightlifting

A type of exercise that is used to strengthen the heart and to build up stamina. These exercises include: running, bicycle riding, using a treadmill, or swimming. These exercises can involve weights ...


Sports; Weightlifting

Bandages? We don't need no stinking bandages". Actually weightlifters do need protective bandages and they are allowed to wear them on the fingers and thumps, hands, knees and wrists.


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Another commonly used name for a barbell.


Sports; Weightlifting

This is a bar that weights are put on.


Sports; Weightlifting

See Lifting Belt

bench press

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A bench that the weight lifter lays on their back and reaches up to grab a barbell that has weights on each end. They lift the barbell off of a stand that it is resting on and lower the bar to their ...

body weight

Sports; Weightlifting

Weightlifters are divided into weight categories and these determine the amount of weight that a lifter will be lifting. Please see the separate section on weight categories.

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