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)

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