2017 USA Powerlifting New Hampshire Year-in-Review

USAPL NH logo for 2018 NEW with registered mark

USA Powerlifting New Hampshire closed 2017 on an optimistically high note. Our membership has increased from 37 members in January 2016 to 185 members in December 2017. We also grew our state referee pool from three to seven, and are very fortunate to have two of the very best national referees in the country. A third national referee is projected for 2018.

2017 brought three USAPL meets to New Hampshire. The first was the state championship at ConVal High School in Peterborough in April, followed by the Phoenix Task Force Powerlifting Festival in Dover in September, then the Iron Empire Fall Classic also in Dover, in November.

A very special thank you to ConVal Athletic Director Mark Swasey, Phoenix Fitness owners Royce Claflin and Sara Zela, and Iron Empire owner John Rudolph for your generous hospitality in inviting USAPL New Hampshire into each of your facilities this past year. You have been instrumental in helping USAPL New Hampshire thrive and grow. As a result, the USAPL New Hampshire lifters are excelling. Each meet in 2017 had an average of 55 lifters. Many lifters set new state records or broke existing ones at our local meets.

It was great to see 12 New Hampshire lifters competing at Raw Nationals in Scranton, PA in October, with four of them placing in one of the top five spots for their divisions and weight classes. Congratulations to Denise Thomas who won first place in the Women’s 63Kg Raw Master 3 Division, Chris Colbert who won third place in the Women’s 84+ Kg Raw Master M1 Division, Eric LaPointe who won third in the Men’s 74Kg Open Division and Nicholas Guidice who won fourth place in the Men’s 105Kg Open Division. Both Eric and Nicholas did so well that they were nominated to compete at the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival in March. In other National Meet news, we had Ivan Carrier win the gold in the 2017 American Open in California and National Referee Erika Myers win fourth place at the 35th Annual Open National Championship in Florida. And finally, congratulations to Cindy Tilton who won silver in the 84+ M1 Master Raw Division at the International Powerlifting Federation World Bench Championship in April in Killeen, TX.

There’s a lot more strength and excitement to look forward to in 2018. In less than three weeks, we have the USAPL Arkitect Open in Concord on January 27, and the USA Powerlifting New Hampshire State Championship in Peterborough on Saturday, April 28. There are also a couple of other meets tentatively scheduled for Dover and Nashua. For details on any of the above, contact USAPL New Hampshire State Chair Lizz Smullen at lizzsmullen@gmail.com.

Planning Ahead for Your Equipment Check and Weigh-in

With the 2018 Arkitect Open 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 2016

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?