February 8, 2022

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President's Message

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Hello National,

I trust this message finds you well and in good health!

I want to welcome you to Powerlifting America. Powerlifting America is the new affiliate member federation of the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF).

As you know, the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) is the official governing body for the sport of powerlifting internationally. The IPF is comprised of member federations from over 136 countries (soon to be 140) on six [6] continents. The IPF is a founding member of the World Games. The World Games is an international multi-sports event hosted by the International World Games Association (IWGA), falling under the patronage and recognition of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Most important, Powerlifting America is compliant with the current WADA / IOC guidelines for the testing of our athletes. All testing will be performed through the Canadian Center for Ethics and Sport (CCES), and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). USADA is the national anti-doping organization (NADO) for the United States and performs all anti-doping tests for all Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, and Para Pan American sports. Both organizations are charged with managing our anti-doping program, including in-competition and out-of-competition testing, results management processes, drug reference resources, and athlete education.

Key and important, athletes will NOT be testing other athletes. Coaches will not be testing the athletes. Officials will not be testing athletes, and finally, referees will not be testing any of our athletes.

Powerlifting America was created to ensure athletes, coaches, and referees continue to have a pathway to the most prominent international powerlifting federation globally, the IPF. We choose to remain part of the IPF due to its commitment to maintaining fair competition for ALL the athletes. Most important, the IPF’s pursuit for the International Olympic Committee’s recognition has created many exciting changes in the sport over the past decade, leading to more significant opportunities and exposure for every athlete.

Those opportunities now include competing at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) World University Championships, and the International Master Games Association (IMGA) as well as the following IPF / NAPF World Championships as follows:


  • 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championship – Sun City, South Africa
  • 2022 IPF World Equipped Powerlifting Championship – Viborg, Denmark
  • 2022 World Classic & Equipped Sub-Junior & Junior Powerlifting Championship – Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 2022 World Classic & Equipped Masters Powerlifting Championship – St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
  • 2022 IPF World Classic & Equipped Bench Press Championship – Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • FISU Powerlifting World Cup – Moscow, Russia
  • IWGA World Games – Birmingham, Alabama, USA


  • 19th Annual NAPF North American Regional Powerlifting Championships – Panama City, Panama
  • 9th NAPF/FESUPO Pan-American Regional Bench Press Championships – Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

The full IPF and NAPF Schedule can be found here: https://www.powerlifting.sport/championships/calendar

In order to qualify for either an IPF or NAPF Championship, you will be required to lift at one of the following Powerlifting America National Championships.

2022 National Championship Schedule

The full Powerlifting America schedule of events can be found here:


Of course, in order to compete in any of our events, you must become a member. You may find the membership link here: www.powerlifting-america.com/registration

If you have a question, please contact us here: powerliftingamerica@gmail.com

Thank you for reviewing this message, and we look forward to seeing you on the platform!


Robert Keller


Powerlifting America




2022 World Games

This July our Equipped National Team Coaches, James Townsend and Michael Steinmetz will lead their four athletes to represent Powerlifting America's Team at the sport's most prestigious event. The IWGA World Games is an international multi-sports event that falls under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. The World Games are held every four years, the year following the Summer Olympic Games. This year The World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama between July 7th through July 17th.


Heather Connor

Women’s Lightweight Class


Bonica Brown

Women’s Super Heavyweight Class


Noah Johnson

Men’s Heavyweight Class


Steve Mann

Men’s Super Heavyweight Class

National Bench Press Teams

2022 Powerlifting America Bench Press Nationals - February 26- 27, 2022


With only 4 days left to enter the inaugural Powerlifting America Bench Press Nationals, we would like to remind everyone that this is the Automatic Qualifier for BOTH the 2022 IPF World and 2022 NAPF Regional Bench Press Competitions.


For those that have missed out on International Competition, this is a great opportunity to qualify and compete against the World's best!


Bench Press Nationals Entry Page (Current Roster found at the bottom of the web page):



Important Events/Dates:

  • 2022 Powerlifting America Bench Press National Championship – February 26- 27, 2022 – Orlando, Florida (Entry and Weight Class Change Deadline: Friday, February 11th at 11:59 pm EST)
  • 2022 IPF World Classic and Equipped Bench Press Championship – May 21- 29, 2022 – Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 2022 NAPF North American Regional Classic and Equipped Bench Press Championships – October 27- 29, 2022 – Aguadilla, Puerto Rico


National Team Selection Page:



Bench Press Coaching Staff:

Head Coach: Steve Petrencak

Assistant Coach: Dana Rosenzweig

Upcoming Sanctioned Events

See Where Your Journey Begins

2/19/2022 - 5th Annual Jacksonville (FL) Open Powerlifting Championship - Fleming Island, FL

2/26/2022 - Powerlifting America National Bench Press Championships - Orlando, FL

3/5/2022 - Powerlifting America Iron Classic - Reno, NV

3/19/2022 - Powerlifting America Ruble on the Rio - Rio Rancho, NM

3/26/2022 - Powerlifting America 7th Annual Orlando "The City Beautiful" Open Championships - Clermont, FL

4/1/2022 - Powerlifting America Open Classic (Raw) Nationals - Austin, TX

4/2/2022 - Powerlifting America Iron City Open - Pelham, AL

4/8/2022 - Powerlifting-America Northeast Spring Showdown - Latham, NY

4/9/2022 - Powerlifting America Chalk It Up Classic - Cotati, CA

4/23/2022 - 2nd Annual Powerlifting America TFX Open Championships - Orlando, FL

4/23/2022 - Throw Down At Brown's - Inaugural Pennsylvania Powerlifting America Event Clarks - Summit, PA

4/23/2022 - Powerlifting America New England Premier Meet - Scituate, MA

4/30/2022 - Powerlifting America Arizona High School Invitational - Glendale, AZ

5/1/2022 - Powerlifting America Nevada State Championships - Reno, NV

5/1/2022 - Powerlifting America WSS Invitational - Glendale, AZ

5/7/2022 - 5th Annual Powerlifting America Florida High School State Championships - Orlando, FL

5/7/2022 - Powerlifting America Inaugural Midwest Open - Lincoln, NE

5/14/2022 - Powerlifting America Rancho Cucamonga Open - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

6/4/2022 - Powerlifting America's 1st Annual West Orange Classic - Winter Garden, FL

6/4/2022 - Powerlifting America Prescott Bar Buster - Prescott, AZ

6/18/2022 - Powerlifting America Classic Sub-Junior, Junior, and Master Nationals - Orlando, FL

6/19/2022 - Powerlifting America Equipped Nationals - Orlando, FL

6/25/2022 - 43rd Annual Powerlifting America / Florida Sports Foundation Sunshine State Games - Margate, FL

6/25/2022 - Powerlifting America Overload Classic - Santa Fe, NM

7/2/2022 - 10th Annual Powerlifting America Central Florida Open Championships - Orlando, FL

7/23/2022 - Powerlifting America in the Pines - Flagstaff, AZ

7/23/2022 - Powerlifting America Woodlawn Open - Baton Rouge, LA

7/30/2022 - Powerlifting America Brother Bennett Memorial - Hattiesburg, MS

7/30/2022 - 2022 Powerlifting America Summer Slam - Allentown, PA

8/6/2022 - 5th Annual Powerlifting America Southern States Championships - Jacksonville, FL

9/24/2022 - 4th Annual Powerlifting America Ocala Super Total X3 Championships - Ocala, FL

10/1/2022 - Powerlifting Americas Knights Challenge - Phoenix, AZ

10/7/2022 - Powerlifting America Legion Sports Festival - Reno, NV

10/9/2022 - Powerlifting America Mulch Making Mustache Madness - Tonawanda, NY

10/9/2022 - 2022 Powerlifting America Stars and Stripes Championships - Clarks Summit, PA

10/22/2022 - 5th Annual Powerlifting America North Florida Open Championships - Fleming Island, FL

11/12/2022 - Special Olympics Fall Classic Florida Championships - Orlando, FL

11/19/2022 - Powerlifting America Farm Strong - Peoria, AZ

11/26/2022 - 19th Annual Powerlifting America Florida Collegiate Championships - Orlando, FL

12/3/2022 - 6th Annual Powerlifting America Greater Tampa Classic Championships - Lutz, FL

12/10/2022 - 31st Annual Powerlifting America / Florida Sports Foundation Senior Games - TBA, FL

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