USA Powerlifting recently announced the launch of the 2020 USA Powerlifting Hometown Showdown, a national powerlifting competition that will be administered on a local level.
USAPL cancelled all Youth, Open, Bench and Raw Nationals earlier this year due to safety concerns surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. The Hometown Showdown is USAPL’s creative way of continuing safe and healthy competition for powerlifters nationwide.
The rules for the competition are simple. If you enter and compete at any USAPL local event, you are automatically entered into the Hometown Showdown. Powerlifters will be ranked and entered into a USAPL live leaderboard that will keep competitors up to date on the current standings.
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We are proud to announce the launch of the 2020 USA Powerlifting Hometown Showdown – a nation wide competition where anyone is eligible who competes in 2020. We are giving away over $30,000 in prizes and automatic Arnold Sports Festival qualifications to the top finishers in the Open, Masters, and Teen/Junior divisions in the Open, Raw Only, bench only and full power competitions. All lifters who compete in 2020 are eligible and are automatically entered into the competition. We have created a live leaderboard that tracks the current standings. You can view this on our website or click the link in our bio. Top Prizes include entry fees to any National Competition in 2021, Custom Yeti Drinkware, One of a kind limited edition t-shirts, custom certificates, Sponsor prize packs, and more! Find a meet locally and compete to win one of the over 240 individual prizes we will award. For details on prizes and how the award structure works, click the link in our bio. #HometownShowdown #USAPowerlifting
Over 240 individual prizes will be awarded with a total value of over $30,000.
3rd Tier Awards (Weight Class top 10)
• Individualized Certificate
2nd Tier Awards (240 total)
• Qualify for the 2021 Arnold Sports Festival
• Custom limited edition t-shirt
• $100 credit to any USA Powerlifting hosted National Event 2021
• Name recognition in email
Top Tier Awards (24 Total)
Same as above plus:
• Custom limited edition Yeti Cup with engraved logo
• Sponsor Gift Cards
BarBend CEO, David Tao, recently caught up with legendary powerlifter Jen Thompson on the BarBend Podcast where the two discussed the current state of competitive powerlifting.
Like many elite powerlifters, Thompson is used to only competing at national and international events. When asked about the last time she competed in a local meet, Jen says it’s been a minute:
I think the last time I competed in a local meet was after I had my son Brody in 2005
With the cancellation of national powerlifting events, Thompson is planning on competing in a local meet and entering into the Hometown Showdown. She has her eye on one of the prizes in particular.
I definitely need to do a local meet this year so I can get in on that Yeti cup giveaway
Finally, when asked whether her presence at a local meet would be demoralizing for competitors hoping to get top lifter, Jen said,
I’ll probably compete as a guest lifter as long as my total went in there. Hopefully it’s more inspiring than defeating
Thompson will also be participating in the Lift Together for Charity event (September 17-20) along with Ben Pollack and Meg Squats. The event will be live-streamed on Twitch, with all proceeds being split between the NAACP and the American Foundation for Suicide.
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We are proud to present to you Lift Together 2020! LT20 is the first event of its kind in the strength sport world. Over four days from September 17th to 20th, viewers can tune in to the interactive livestream to watch their favorite lifters and coaches perform feats of strength, participate in roundtable discussions, and play fun games to fundraise for two important causes: racial equality and suicide prevention. All money raised during the streaming events will be split between the NAACP (@naacp) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (@afspnational). Follow along to learn more about the event and all of the opportunities you will have to contribute. We will be releasing a full event schedule and athlete and sponsor highlights in the next several weeks. Thanks to the participants who have shown LT20 support so far. Without all of you, an event of this caliber would be impossible. #bethechange #LT20 #lifttogether2020
With USAPL creating the Hometown Showdown, look out for more elite powerlifters at the national and international level to compete at local events.
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