I just wanted to let everybody know about the newly revised Lifter Classification Standards that have been put together. These standards go into effect Jan 1st, 2012 for the 100% Raw powerlifting Federation and the ADAU. The total classification has been slightly revised and a new set of standards for each of the contested lifts (squat, bench, deadlift, and strict curl) have been established for men and women.
These standards were based primarily off of the rankings on plwatch.com and instead of attempting to predict what we should see lifters doing, we are looking at what we actually saw lifters do on the platform. The standards are set up for the raw, drug free powerlifter that competes in federations that enforce below parallel squats (without knee wraps) and paused benches.
Lifters can use these new standards to see where they rank on specific lifts, to see if moving up or down a weight class is a good idea, and to see where their weak points might be competitively speaking. Non PLers can use this to see how they might fare if they actually entered a powerlifting competition. Here is the link:
I welcome any sort of feedback on these standards, good or bad - I know people tend to have opinions on either side of the standards for these type of things. There is more detail in how the numbers were set up and what the classifications mean on the same page as the link. This was also posted on plwatch.com. I hope you find these standards useful and helpful in your training.
Thanks for reading - Tim