Watch the Weightlifting World Masters Championships for Free

The IWF Master’s World Championships are going on right now in Heinsheim, Germany. While the competition started on Friday, September 30th, there’s still plenty of weightlifting that runs through October 8th. With over 900 athletes entered this year — from age 35, where weightlifting Masters categories begin, to much older than that — it’s a reminder that weightlifting truly is for everyone, regardless of age.

And thanks to the wonders of the World Wide Web, the entire competition is being streamed live from this year’s Facebook page here. It’s a single-camera setup without a lot of bells and whistles and not-perfect lighting, but if you’re looking to watch some lifting this week, it’s certainly work tuning in.

The most up-to-date start list we can find is listed here, and results are here.

Fun tidbit: You might recognize some of the names competing. One is 4-time CrossFit Games athlete Shana Alverson, who recently turned 40 and lifts in the 63kg weight class. Alverson already lifted in Germany and came away with an impressive haul: Her first Masters World Championship, Best Female Lifter overall in the women’s 40 classes, and a new world record clean & jerk of 97kg. Check out a clip of Alverson’s performance below:

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David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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