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2018 WSA Welsh Powerlifting Championships
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What is Powerlifting?

Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. As in the sport of Olympic weightlifting, it involves the athlete attempting a maximal weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates.


The squat is the first lift performed at every single powerlifting meet. The squat itself isn’t too complicated; you strap on your powerlifting belt, you squat down with a heavy weight and then you stand back up. However, different federations have different interpretations on how deep you should squat, whether you need to walk it out or use a mono-lift. Please check these rules with your chosen federation.

Bench Press

This is the second  lift performed during the meet. You lay on the bench, un-rack the weight, lower it to your chest, pause it there to demonstrate that you have full control and then press the bar back up – in one single movement. Once the arms are locked out, you wait for the referee’s “Rack” command before placing the bar back into the rack.


This is the final lift of the meet and starts with the bar placed on the floor in the “dead” position.  There are several positions you can approach when performing the deadlift, which include the conventional deadlift, squat and sumo-deadlift.

So, fancy giving it a go?

Our advice would be to get in touch with Ken Williams of the Welsh Strength Association (WSA) in the first instance. In our opinion, the WSA is the ideal starting point for anyone interested in powerlifting within Wales as its not associated with any national or international bodies which means no political bullshit!

You can chose to lift equipped, unequipped or somewhere in the middle! You won’t be asked to perform any drug tests and it’s full of friendly, co-operative lifters who just enjoy lifting amongst friends.

You may later decide to join another federation as well such as the WPA, BDFPA, GPC-UK etc. that are all associated with national and international federations that allow you to compete at those levels. However, many lifters do not aspire to lift at that level and therefore remain within the WSA only.

In either case, you are always welcome to lift within the WSA regardless of what other federation you may join later.

More information about the WSA, including Ken’s details can be found here.

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