It’s a great year so far for powerlifting, including some World Record performances and the emergence of Blaine Sumner as one of the sport’s greats (and potential all-time greats). But there’s still plenty of lifting yet to go. To stay on top of important national, regional, and international powerlifting meets, we’ve put together some of the highlight dates below. (Text version below the graphic.)
(Select dates according to the IPF’s competition calendar.)
The season culminates in November with the IPF’s Powerlifting World Championships, held in Orlando, Florida. (We’re hoping it’s not 90+ degrees by then, but it’ll probably still be on the muggy side.)
Of course, in a sport with seemingly countless federations and governing bodies, it can be tough to keep things straight, and there are certainly events missing from this schedule or overlapping some of these featured dates. So while we’ve tried to highlight some of the sport’s biggest gatherings and stages, this is far from exhaustive.
So if you can’t make these but still want to check out some great lifting, visit your local powerlifting competitions (or better yet, compete!). If you’ve never seen competitive powerlifting, it’s an incredibly exciting and supportive atmosphere where PRs are celebrated like extra paychecks. And the post-match meals get pretty epic.