If you do not give your body time to heal and repair itself, your performance will go down and you will get into a vicious cycle where you never fully recover. And if you are sore after a workout, that's good (unless it hurts too much). Do not run to take a painkiller, because that can mask pain and cause you to do real damage to your body. Let yourself recover naturally.Every powerlifter belongs to a particular division, the basis for this classification is based on the lifter's level of experience, body weight, and age. Other subdivisions are "geared" and "raw" powerlifters, this shows whether the lifter is making use of a supportive gear or not during the competition.Powerlifting competitions take the most part of the day. The competitors usually begin with the squat, progress to the bench press, and finally end with a deadlift. Competitors are given only 3 chances for each lift, making it a total of 9 lifts per day.