Planning Ahead for Your Equipment Check and Weigh-in

With the 2017 USA Powerlifting Iron Empire Fall Classic just a couple of weeks away away, we know that you are ready to lift some big weights, but are you prepared for the mandatory equipment check and weigh-in scheduled before you lift?

Before you can step out on the platform, your body weight and equipment must be checked by a USAPL referee.

The following is useful information that will help you successfully prepare for a USAPL equipment check and weigh-in.

What to Expect at a USA Powerlifting Weigh-in

USA Powerlifting uses lot numbers to determine the order in which lifters are weighed-in before the meet. If you miss your lot number when it is called, your name goes to the end of the roster and you will not be weighed in until the last lifter in your flight is weighed.

Before you weigh-in, the referee will ask to see your USAPL Membership card and Photo ID. When weighing in, you have the option to weigh-in in your undergarments or in the nude.

Have Your Rack Heights and Opening Attempts in Kilos Ready Before Weigh-in

Once you are weigh-in, the referee will ask for your squat and bench press rack heights and your opening attempts in kilos for the squat, bench press and deadlift. You must have this information with you when you weigh-in.

Arriving a few minutes early before your actual weigh-in time is the best way to ensure you get your rack heights. If this is your first meet and you need help with getting your rack height, a meet staff member will help you.

About Equipment Checks

During equipment check, the referee will ask to see the type of gear that you will be wearing on the platform.

Raw Lifters

If you are lifting raw, the referee will want to see the following:

o   Non-supportive singlet (mandatory)

o   Round collared t-shirt with short sleeves and no pockets. (mandatory; tank tops and v necks are t-shirts are not permitted.)

o   High socks for deadlifting (mandatory)

o   Sneakers or powerlifting shoes (mandatory)

o   Undergarments (mandatory; may be checked or confirmed by the referee). Briefs and athletic supporter cannot have legs of any kind.

Equipped Lifters

If you are lifting equipped, the referee will want to see the following:

o   Squat suit (mandatory)

o   Deadlift suit (mandatory)

o   Bench shirt (mandatory)

o   Round collared t-shirt with short sleeves and no pockets. (mandatory; tank tops and v necks are not permitted.)

o   Knee wraps (optional)

o   High socks for deadlifting (mandatory)

o   Sneakers or powerlifting shoes (mandatory)

o   Undergarments (mandatory; may be checked or confirmed by the referee). Briefs and athletic supporters cannot have legs of any kind.

Optional Gear for Raw and Equipped Lifters

The following optional gear may be worn by raw and equipped lifters during the meet. These items must also be shown to the referee at the equipment check:

o   Wrist wraps (optional)

o   Single ply neoprene knee sleeves (optional)

o   Lifting belt (optional)

Interested in hosting a USA Powerlifting New Hampshire Event in your area?

Since our rebirth in 2016, USA Powerlifting New Hampshire has held one coaching seminar, and four meets, with one more scheduled before the end of 2017 and two already scheduled for 2018. Finding venues to host a powerlifting meet in New Hampshire can be challenging, but it’s not impossible.

So far, we have held meets in the beautiful Monadnock Region and the Dover Seacoast . We still have a beautiful Lakes Region that hasn’t had a meet. Nashua would be a great location, as would Manchester.

If you know of a venue that would be interested in hosting a USA Powerlifting New Hampshire meet, contact USAPL New Hampshire State Chair Lizz Smullen at lizzsmullen@gmail.com, or co-State Chair Cindy Tilton at cindyltilton@gmail.com.

USA Powerlifting New Hampshire Membership Triples since 2015

USAPL New Hampshire Lifters
USA Powerlifting New Hampshire

PETERBOROUGH, NH — In 2016, after almost two decades, USA Powerlifting celebrated its return to the New Hampshire by holding the Granite State Open in Peterborough. Over 60 lifters from throughout New England participated in this historical event, resulting in USAPL New Hampshire “strong as granite” in the world of drug-free powerlifting.

Since then, USA Powerlifting New Hampshire membership has tripled in size. Prior to 2016, there were less than 30 USAPL lifters in the Granite State. By the end of 2016, we had 112 members. Over 50 percent of the new members were female.

Just as exciting is the fact that many of our new members are now USAPL New Hampshire record holders. With others having broken American records, competed at National competitions, and had the privilege to represent the United States of America as a member of our National Team at one of the International Powerlifting Federation events held around the world, throughout the year.

USA Powerlifting is truly a cut above other powerlifting organizations. Think about it. What other powerlifting federation is there in USA where you can train hard in your local gym one day, and before you know it find yourself walking across a world platform another day?