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evolution of bulk

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Harrison Wiesert

on 8 December 2015

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Evolution of Bulk

Harrison Wiesert

In the early 1800s, weightlifting was perceived as a circus act. It was a flamboyant display of strength, and was nothing of a competition. Many of the “weightlifters” used fake weights, some of them were made with mercury to fake the real amount of weight with size.
All the lifters would have lifting competitions to see who was the strongest man in the world. How it worked was they would just perfect one exercise no one else was good at, therefore giving them the fake title of the strongest man alive.
About 20 years before World War I, amateur weightlifting was increasing in popularity. amateur weight lifters went and created a more standardized form of competition. In the infancy of amateur weightlifting, the rules were still out of whack, and not very straight forward, but it was a well executed beginning.

In 1901 Marquis Luigi Monticelli-Obizzi of Italy, introduced a plethora of suggestions to the rules of amateur weightlifting, which became norm over time, if not immediately. Lying exercises like push ups, sit ups, and planks would be eliminated. There would thus be fewer lifts and these would involve the large muscle groups, not specialized single joint movements.

In weight lifting bench press was a little known exercise until the late 1940s, when it was an addition to powerlift competition. Other lifts in the power lift competitions were deadlifts, and squats. By the 1960s powerlifting in competitions was growing in popularity.
In 1932 weightlifting was introduced to the Olympics as an official sport.
In 1972 the clean and press was taken out of the Olympics, because the athlete participants pushed with legs and bent backwards instead of strictly pressing the weight overhead. This caused for incorrect form and would only show one category in strength instead of the multiple strength factors it was supposed to represent. They fixed this issue by replacing these lifts with the snatch, and the clean and jerk.
Overall, the evolution of weightlifting is staggering, and has jumped many walls to become the sport it is known for. With the small glimpse of information that I have provided, I hope you will learn more and have a new respect for this sport. Because it shows true dedication and the sheer power humans possess with work and dedication. The competitors and the people that are associated with this sport, have dedicated their lives to creating a more fair competition. The future of weightlifting is looking bright, and the evolution of bulk will continue.

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