$253,000 Later, Mark Bell’s Slingshot Equipment Approved By IPF

If you’re a fan of Mark Bell’s Slingshot lifting equipment, then it’s time to rejoice because all of their equipment has recently been approved by the IPF. Yesterday in an Instagram post, Mark Bell announced the recent approval for all of Slingshot’s gear for IPF sanctioned meets and how much it all cost.

In our opinion, this is a pretty big deal for the powerlifting community. First, Mark Bell’s Slingshot equipment has grown in popularity over the last five years and they make a wide variety of equipment, which expands the current (somewhat limited) approved list. Second, the IPF hasn’t announced an equipment approval this large in the very recent past, so it’s an exciting and welcomed change for many, especially for those who like to train in Slingshot’s gear. Third, Slingshot’s STrong Knee Sleeves were some of our favorite to review to date.

In Mark Bell’s Instagram video announcing the approval he writes, “FINALLY SOME SWEET SWEET RELIEF. NO I DIDN’T BUY CALF IMPLANTS OR OPEN UP AN ST GYM EAST! But, I did get all our gear IPF approved for 2019! If you know, this is near and dear to me as I’ve been trying to give more back to the sport of powerlifting!

Letting the customers, lifters, and people who compete a chance to CHOOSE what they want to lift in when it’s their time to step on the platform. When it’s their moment. THIS IS FOR YOU! $253,000 is a pretty penny, but it’s nothing when the lifters can’t choose for themselves!”

[Two popular IPF approved sleeves. How do the Slingshot STrong Knee Sleeves compare to the SBD Knee Sleeves?]

Bell’s video may be a little over the top, but he has all the right to be excited about the approval, and not to mention, $253,000 is a lot of money. In the video, Bell points out a couple examples of what $253,000 could equate to and that got us thinking…what else could we buy with that cash stack?

$253,000 Could Buy You…

  • 1,265 pairs of brand new Nike Romaleos 3s
  • 954 Rogue Ohio Power Bars
  • About 160 all-inclusive week long vacations to Cancun, Mexico
  • 9 2019 Jeep Wrangler Sport editions

Needless to say, you can buy A LOT with that amount of money, and we’re pumped Bell sunk it back into the IPF and powerlifting to get his equipment approved.

Feature image from @marksmellybell Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,200 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter.

On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.

Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

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