We Tried It

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I step onto the platform and grab the bar with a grip so strong my palms start to ache. But pulling up the weight, I look in the gym’s mirror and see no pain on my face, only motivation and determination.

When you hear the term powerlifting, you might think of a CrossFit gym with bulky bros and an absurd pull-up requirement. But in powerlifting, the movements are more controlled using heavier weight, whereas cross training is about practicing many different exercises. The main goal is to lift as much weight as possible. And maybe a little more.

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Lorien Krueger, 33, sets a large, blocky speaker on the dry grass of a soccer field at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. She syncs her phone via Bluetooth and sets it down. Ten players peruse a variety of “weapons,” varying in lengths and shapes.

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