Powerlifting comprises three simple actions, the squat, deadlift and benchpress. Your total weight from three successful lifts is your overall score. Although easily understood the sport sees people pushing themselves to the absolute physical limit of the human body, tendons ripped off bones and lifters loosing consciousness during a meet is not uncommon. For all the bravado surrounding the scene lifters are incredibly supportive of one another. See Wayne Howlett for more.