powerlifting will never be mainstream
I’d bet that 95% of the population will never attend a PLing meet;60% have never even heard of it ; and of those that HAVE heard of it , less than 10% can name a key contributer (Simmons/Tate/ect) to the sport or explain the rules of a meet .
That’s because people are ignorant… They have yet to be mystified by the true powers of the sport. If we could have more and more experts who could educate people about the benefits of powerlifting, then maybe it could become mainstream. Take a look at the success of Joe DeFranco’s “westside for skinny bastards” routine. How many of the people who have succeeded with it do you think have “spread the word” with other athletic enthusiasts? If we convince athletes that being trained as a powerlifter can raise their vertical jumps, then they might consider participating in the sport. POWERLIFTING MUST BE COMMERCIALIZED!!!
If we could just advertise how a powerlifter trained a 5’6 inch dude to be able to dunk, then trust me, there would be ALOT of teens who would be intrigued…
The first thing to do is to remove the superheavyweight competitions from being broadcasted on TV. People have been stereotypical about the Iron Game mainly because of those bodybuilding retards. They think everyone who lifts weights has the purpose of looking like a freak, when in fact, lots of athletes have been trying to improve their athletic prowesses to new heights through powerlifting…
It’s the media and bodybuilder’s faults. It’s much easier to blame it on them because… let’s face it, no powerlifter wants to blame a fellow powerlifter.
It’s all about image baby. If kids see Lebron James squatting, they’d squat too.[/quote]
Squatting, benching, and deadlifting =/= powerlifting
squatting, benching, and deadlifting in a powerlifting competition = powerlifting
Powerlifting has no problem getting people to participate without media coverage. The internet makes it easier for a sport to stay underground and still maintain enough exposure for its participants to know whats going on in the sport across the globe. Staying underground allows the sport to avoid the opinions and influence of those outside of the sport who have no interest in it beyond being armchair quarterbacks (squatters?). Powerlifting is for lifters and should stay that way, football, soccer, baseball, etc are for the spectators.