It is a sport normally associated with burly men in sweaty gyms – but booming numbers of women in Wales are taking up powerlifting. There has been huge growth in women pumping iron at all levels from simple weight training to competitive powerlifting.

“For a woman to know she’s physically strong is a huge confidence boost. Powerlifting lets women discover how strong they can be.”

Andrew Joy, director of Force, Strength and Conditioning in Llandow said his gym has been a “massive increase” in the number of women using the weights.

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