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What are your favorite powerlifting federations and why?

The reason I ask is because I'll be entering a PL competiton in November (first in over 3 years), and will be joining the AAPA/APA federations.

I'm only doing the AAPA/APA because that is the only PL competition I can find in NY state, but I wanted to look to the future too so I was thinking about finding another federation.

There is an ADAU in PA in October, but I don't know much about them yet and I'm guessing it's going to be a realy small meet.


You must not have looked too hard, there are multiple APF meets in NY. I'm taking my team to one on November 11th.

APA is ok, but the guy who runs it is a jerkoff.

APF is where the majority of lifters seem to have the most fun.


I lift in the USAPL. The USAPL is the IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) affiliate. The IPF has the most member nations that have full teams competing at it's world championships. The IPF is the federation that sends its lifters to the World Games. The USAPL is a drug tested federation.

I got started in the USAPL during college. The USAPL has a collegiate national championships. The meets I have been to have been extremely well run and done in a professional manner.

I have competed in the WABDL and the USPF. The USPF meets are very well run as well.



I've only looked on
POWERLIFTINGMEETS.com and I was wrong about the federation.
The one I'm going to is APF. It's in Tribes Hill, NY called "Asylum Power".

I was on the APA website so that's why I got them confused.

Thanks for the info.


I'm a card carrying member of the IPA (Internation Powerlifting Association).

They were concerned that the judging was fair, the lifter was given all the equipment needed to warm up (even with 30+ lifters in the same room. A huge plus, Monolifts!


I've only competed in the APF and I've had a good experience at every meet I've been to...

we workout sometimes with some local usapl lifters and they're all really cool people...

I've also been told by people I trust that uspf meets are great also...

a good friend of mine has told me that the meet director has more to do with the over-all quality of a meet than the federation it's listed under...he's been to both good and bad meet run by numerous federations...

I suggest you try the different federations for yourself and form your own opionions...

good luck at your meet!



I'm going to study the rules for the APF/AAPF and figgure out what type of gear I need to buy. I don't have much time to get a lot stronger AND practice in my shirt/suit.

It's fairly cheap for a year's membership so I'll try to go to as many as I can find (within reason).

Depending on how I do, I may also travel to Pennsylvania since I heard that there seem to be more down there.

Thanks for all the advice.


Another quick question about APF.
Going through the rules:


I didn't see anything specific to a bench shirt. I don't know if it's included in the following statement about undershirts:

"Undershirt...Its construction may consist of multiple plies but must, as a whole, be a singular
component. "The thickness(es) shall not be designed to increase, enlarge, or enhance the body?s natural

Does that mean bench shirts are not allowed at APF (or any WPC) meets?

I have no problem with it if they're not allowed, I just don't want to show up without one if they are allowed.


Here is a link that lists most federations and their rules.

Hope that works for ya. I think the APF is one the most lifter friendly federations out there.


Cool! Thanks, that went right into my favorites.


you can wear two ply bench shirts and squat suits in apf/wpc and ipa meets...

usapl and uspf meets are single ply only for bench shirts and squat suits...

you definately want to read up on the rules of the federation you will be lifting in before going to the meet...

have fun!


Since you are new to powerlifting buy single ply polyester equipment. This way you can compete in other federations without buying too much equipment. So look at the rules and buy stuff that is applicable to all feds.



I'll probably have to buy a second shirt after this winter anyway. I'll compete a couple times in a couple different federations, then I'll probably start gaining weight so I don't think I'll fit into the same shirt (I need to lose 7lbs to get to 165, then I'll compete at 181 next year).

As far as material, would that go for squat suits too (polyester)?

I've only looked at Inzer's web site and was looking at the champion and Z-suit (don't realy know the difference).

Does the squat suit count as a singlet that's required, or would I need both (I might just go with a singlet only anyway until my squat gets more competitive)?

Thanks again,


Polyester is allowed in every federation. Titan or Inzer gear should be fine all feds. I have used Inzer before and now I use Titan.

In terms of the Inzer suits, the Inzer Z has an extremely tight and painful leg opening. Starting out, I would NOT use this suit (even though I did). The champion suit is a good starter suit. The bottom end blast shirt is a waste of money. You might get 10 pounds out of it.

You should buy your gear to fit at 165. As you use it, it will stretch and you can grow into it.

hope this helps


Buy a separate singlet. Wearing your squat suit during bench sucks. Your squat suit is tight and not comfortable.



If you're going to go single ply, buy Titan. It's not too expensive, and it's really great stuff. (I found out the hard way they also make the best wrist wraps)


Thanks, would you suggest Titan for both the bench shirt and sqaut suit?

As for the singlet, it can be any cheap singlet right? I've seen them much cheaper a while back when looking to buy one for wrestling. They just want to be able to see it your ass is still making contact with the bench right?


I'd say the Titan gear is a bit much for somebody just starting out in powerlifting. Many people have trouble touching weights in properly fitted Titan bench shirts. Unless you have experienced training partners, I'd go with less supportive gear (low-end Inzer stuff) and move up to tigther gear if you like powerlifting. The "problem" with Titan is that they don't really make the equivalent of a Champion suit for the beginning lifter.


I am a member of both the IPA and the APF. Both are very competitive 2 ply federations. The APF/WPO will always be the biggest and best fed in the world. Very fun for the lifters and brings a lot of excitement to the sport. I mean what other fed has their Finals at a huge event like the Arnold CLassic? none.


I've competed a few times, but only once before with a shirt (long time ago), but I did practice with the shirt for about 3-4 weeks before the meet, which I plan to do this time.

What did you mean by having trouble touching weights?

I've heard of some guys who felt like they actually had to pull the bar down to their chest. That's what I first thought of when I read that, but I'm not sure if that's what you meant.

I still have to find someone to help put the shirt on me since the team I was with before was from a gym that closed down years ago. I wanted to go with a friend of mine, but he stopped training for powerlifting a few months ago when he hurt his shoulder (and he doesn't want to start training for it again).

If I can get in with a bunch of guys at my gym who compete, I know they can help me a lot with the shirt (one went to the Arnold classic and has a world record in the 181lb class). I just have to talk to them and see if they're going first, and second if they wouldn't mind helping me out.

I might not be able to use a shirt at all if I can't find someone to help me get it on. I remember it taking a while the last time, and (no offence to my wife) I don't think she'd be able to get in on right (but I might be wrong).