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Powerlifting Basics

Powerlifting is the fastest growing strength sport in the world today.  Mental strength, physical power and tactics across 3 lifting disciplines make it captivating to watch and exciting to participate in.


Powerlifting is a combination of 3 disciplines.

SQUAT                                                               BENCH PRESS                                                DEADLIFT

Lifters have 3 opportunities to lift as heavy a weight as possible in the 3 different lifts and the highest combined total wins the overall title.

Good/Bad lifts are determined by a number of rules and are judged by 3 referees who indicate with a white or red light accordingly - a majority decision decides.
Contentious decisions are referred to a jury panel who have the power to overrule.

Men & Women Open categories are split into various weight classes. Other categories include Sub Juniors (14-17 years old), Juniors (18-24 years old), Masters 1 (40-49 years old), Masters 2 (50-59 years old), Masters 3 (60-69 years old) and Masters 4 (over 70 years old)




Q: Are Powerlifters not just big fat men?
A: Quite the contrary. A large proportion of participants in Powerlifting are women
and Juniors of all shapes and sizes. In competition the sport is split in to weight
classes ranging from 47kg to +84kg for women and from 52kg to +120kg for men.
Powerlifting is widely regarded as the perfect way to tone muscles and to achieve
a very healthy toned physique.

Q: Is Powerlifting full of drug taking and doping?
A: Through years of endeavour and continual education and testing IPF Powerlifting
has become one of the world’s cleanest sports.
Doping is completely outlawed in the EPF and IPF and so in-competition and
regular out-of-competition testing is routine.
At the World Games in 2017, 57 Powerlifters were given doping tests. There
were ZERO positives!


Q: Isn’t Powerlifting just a young persons sport?
A: In competitive Powerlifting there are several age classes.
Sub Junior (from 14 years old) up to Masters 4 (from 70 years old upwards) A very
large proportion of powerlifters start the sport at retirement and there are many
who still lift even into their 80’s. The health and social benefits are considerable.


Q: Who is watching the sport?
A: The EPF currently live streams two of its major championships annually on YouTube.
Over the past 3 years viewing figures have increased by a staggering 429%.





Every year the EPF hosts 13 championships across Europe

There are over 100,000 EPF members in Europe

Competitors range in age from 14 - 93 years old

The heaviest weight lifted by a male powerlifter is 505kg. The total combined World record is 1272.5kg.
The heaviest weight lifted by a female powerlifter is 318kg. The total combined women's World record is 783kg.


EPF - European Championships

28. April - 04. May
Equipped Powerlifting Championships - European Open, Sub-Junior & Junior
PILSEN, Czech Republic 

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29. November - 08. DecemberClassic Powerlifting Championships - European Open, Sub-Junior & Junior
KAUNAS, Lithuania

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IPF - World Championships

18. - 25. MayClassic & Equipped Bench Press Championships - World Open, Sub Junior, Junior & Master
TOKYO, Japan

03. - 15. June
World Classic Powerlifting Championships

21 - 27 July
World University Powerlifting Cup
TARTU, Estonia

26 - 31 August
World Sub-Junior & Junior Powerlifting Championships
REGINA, Canada

17 - 23 November
World Open Equipped Powerlifting Championships




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