The Best Gifts for Powerlifters

Gifts for powerlifters

Competitive powerlifters tend to be incredibly particular creatures, but then that makes sense for a sport with a lot of regulations. Luckily, that makes shopping for a powerlifter pretty straightforward. Basically, if it contributes to one of three lifts (squat, bench, or deadlift), there’s a good probability it’s a great gift.  

Looking for somewhere to start? World-record-holding powerlifter Bama Burr recommends how to put together an at-home powerlifting gym in “What You Need to Build a Powerlifting Home Gym.”  You can do a lot with a power rack, bench, barbell, and some weight plates.  

Here are three gift ideas for that Sour-Patch-Kid-eating, singlet-wearing gym rat in your life:  

A Power Bar

Stainless Steel Double Black Diamond Bar
The dream gift for this barbell-centered sport is (not surprisingly) a power bar -- a barbell specially designed for powerlifters. Yes, even if they already have a barbell. No, you can’t have too many barbells. Yes, they will probably want to snuggle with it under the tree. This is the life of a powerlifter. Just accept it and don’t ask questions.
Unsure which power bar to pick? Check out the Best Barbells for Powerlifters

Change Plates

Yes, these tiny, wee, baby plates – for a sport that is all about moving big, massive weight. Change plates are helpful in training, because they let you make incremental jumps and slowly build strength.
A row of change plates
This is especially useful for: experienced lifters trying to budge out of a plateau; new lifters trying to identify their max; and everyone ever training to someday max a bench press.  

USA-Made Equalizer™ plates

Mmm, the clank of iron. Yes, bumpers are gentle on your floors, but you can fit more irons on the bar, and powerlifting meets use iron plates. Equalizer™ iron olympic plates are the most accurate iron plates, guaranteed to be within a 2% tolerance. Plus, the hexagon cutouts make these plates versatile for other exercises and easy to load and unload.  

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