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Federations I have Competed in
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Anti Drug Athletes United Raw Power - Also Allan Siegel's Web site. A Pennsylvania-based federation that is strictly raw and drug-free. I haven't competed in an ADAU contest yet, but I worked the scorer's table for one. The Kumite Classic, an ADAU contest held each Memorial Day weekend in the Pittsburgh, PA area. I announced the entire contest in 2010. Five hours of talking. Hoarse and exhausted afterwards, but really enjoyed it.

International Powerlifting Association - "The greatest powerlifters in the world compete in the IPA. Our creed 'Lifters for Lifters' stands alone.... We come together as one, set out to achieve the same goal---the quest for strength!" My first contest in 21 years was an IPA meet, the Iron House Classic, April, 12-13, 2003, in Newark, Ohio, hosted by Iron House Gym. I have competed in several more IPA contests since then. My most recent IPA contest was the 2007 IPA Pennsylvania State Championships, September 22 in New Castle. PA. The meet director was Gene Rychlak.

NASA Powerlifting - "Natural Athlete Strength Association. Powerlifting, Bench Press, Power Sports." See NASA Regional Website for West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. I competed in one NASA contest, its Northeastern States Championships, held in Washington, PA on June 7, 2008.

R.A.W. United - RAWU is a new federation, having held its first contest in December 2008. RAWU has two divisions: an Ironman division that allows only a belt, and Raw division that allows a belt, knee sleeves, and wrist wraps. I've entered one RAWU contest, its NE States and PA Championships, June 13, 2009 in Greencastle, PA.

United States Powerlifting Federation - At one time, the USPF was the only powerlifting federation. This was back in the late 1970's and early 80s. That was when I was competing in college, so all of my contests back then were USPF contests. After disbanding in the 90s, the USPF is active again, so I might compete in another USPF contest someday.

World Natural Powerlifting Federation - "Where the real drug free powerlifters compete." Three divisions available: raw, single-ply, and unlimited gear. I competed in one WNPF contest in 2006, its western PA Championships April 8, in Beaver Falls, PA.

World Powerlifting Congress/ American Powerlifting Federation - "as the WPC consists of 30 countries worldwide that participate in annual World Championships.  We provide competitive and outstanding powerlifting meets, and are successfully known as 'a lifter's organization.'" I competed in one APF contest, its PA State Championships September 2, 2006, in South Park, PA. For FAQs on the APF, see Illinois APF's FAQ page.

Additional Federations

100% Raw Powerlifting Federation - "100% RAW Powerlifting Federation was established in 1999 with the goal to showcase powerlifters safely competing with no special 'support' equipment and 100% Drug-Free!"

Amateur Athletic Union Powerlifting - "The AAU Powerlifting Program is dedicated to promoting and providing competition in Powerlifting and developing and expanding the current programs for lifters of all ages in Equipped competition (using supportive gear) and RAW competition (no supportive gear, only a belt)."

American Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation - The U.S. arm of the World Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation.

American Frantz Powerlifting Federation - The AFPF/ AAFPF were formed in March 2008 when Ernie Frantz broke from the APF/ AAPF/ WPC, the federations he had originally founded.

American Powerlifting Association - "The APA is the fastest growing federation in the USA. We offer both drug tested and non tested venues for the lifter." Includes Kilo/ Pound Conversion Chart and Swartz and Malone Formula charts.

Elite Powerlifting Federation - A new federation, based in New Hampshire.

International Powerlifting Federation - Official rules, records, meet results, and additional information.

Iron Boy Powerlifting - Holds contests in the Carolinas.

NOVA Powerlifting - "Our mission is to promote raw powerlifting in the Northern Virginia area."

Southern Powerlifting Federation - Holds contests in the southeastern USA.

Syndicated Strength Alliance - Holds contests in New York and Oregon.

Raw Unity Championships - Not a federation, but an attempt to bring together raw lifters from different federations.

Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate - "provide powerlifting competitors an environment in which they may compete at their highest level utilizing the best possible equipment and conditions."

Pride Powerlifting - A newer powerlifting federation, with contests mostly in the northwest USA.

Professional Raw Powerlifting Association - A new federation, holding its first contest in October 17, 2009 in Louisiana. It allows a belt and wrist wraps, but no knee support.

Pure Powerlifting - "Home of PA powerlifting." For the USAPL.

Son Light Power - "Son" in this organization's name refers to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is also a drug-free. So for these reasons, I like this organization. However, most of its meets are bench/ deadlift meets. And since my best lift in college was the squat, I'm not too thrilled with an organization that leaves it out!

United Powerlifting Association - A new federation, founded in 2007, with contest in various states.

United States Powerlifting Association - A new federation.

USA Powerlifting (formerly American Drug Free Powerlifting Association) - Information on upcoming USAPL meets, qualifying totals for national meets, American and national records, coefficient charts, a bi-monthly newsletter, and more.

World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters - "We are an association of lifters who enjoy competing in the single-lift bench press and dead lift on state, national, and international levels.  We are a drug-free organization and all meets are drug-tested." Again, I like the drug-free idea but not the idea of leaving squats out.

World Powerlifting Federation - Official Website. I very much dislike that this organization dropped the 114 pound weight class, the weight class that I compete in!

World Powerlifting Organization - A professional powerlifting organization. A good idea, but I very much dislike that this organization eliminated my weight classes: 114s and 123s!

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