Best Powerlifting Federation for Beginners

Here's a few loose guidelines on which powerlifting federation to pick if you're a beginner powerlifter and have never done a meet.

1. Proximity

Find out which federations hold meets that you can travel to. Powerlifting Watch has a decent database of upcoming meets you can check out here. If you can't find any for your state or province, let me know in the comments. I'll look into it.

2. Meet Date

Which fed has the earliest meet date that fits your schedule. I say earliest date because nothing can fuel your training more than getting that first meet total in. You'll have more specific training goals in mind afterwards. To become a powerlifter, do a powerlifting meet and the addiction begins.

3. Members Nearby

More members of a specific fed nearby can help you learn the rules better than doing it on your own. You can find nearby powerlifting gyms here.

4. Budget

Which fed fits your budget. Most powerlifting federations have a membership fee and a meet entry fee. And if you prefer to lift in gear, this adds more expense to your game. In the end, you don't have to stick to one fed (unless they have rules about that). You can lift raw and then try geared. I did my first meet raw to avoid the hassles of gear that first time out. List of Powerlifting Federations Worldwide

5. Fun Factor

This is the most important one in my opinion. Which fed looks more fun or has more of your friends lifting in it. If you ain't feeling it, check out the other feds. You can watch videos of pretty much any local powerlifting meet on YouTube these days to get an idea. Better yet, go out and watch one.


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Unknown said...

Thank you for writing this post. I have been thinking about beginning powerlifting and was wondering what the most direct way to join the community was (other than just going to my gym and doing my workout). Thank you for the information. I appreciate it!

Unknown said...

Thanks for all the links and info on your page. When I first thought about powerlifting I found this site and it really helped me. I've done one meet in Ireland and looking to do one in the US now that I'm here for the summer. I never post these kinds of comments but I'm genuinely grateful for the help, especially in the early days! Thanks again,