Power Lifting

History of Power Lifting

Power lifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press and deadlift. An athlete attempts a maximal weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates.


In squat, the lift starts with the lifter standing erect and the bar loaded with weights resting on the lifter’s shoulders. At the referee’s command, the lift begins. The lifter creates a break in the hips, bends his knees and drops into a squatting position with the hip crease (the top surface of the leg at the hip crease) below the top of the knee. The lifter then returns to an erect position. At the referee’s command the bar is returned to the rack and the lift is completed.


In bench, with the lifter’s back resting on the bench, they take the loaded bar at arm’s length. The lifter then lowers the bar to the chest. When the bar becomes motionless on the chest, the referee gives a press command. The lifter will press the bar to straight arm’s length and hold motionless. Then the referee will call ‘rack’ and the lift is completed as the weight is returned to the rack.


In deadlift, the lifter grasps the loaded bar which is resting on the platform floor. The lifter pulls the weights off the floor and assumes an erect position. The knees must be locked and the shoulders back, with the weight held in the lifter’s grip. At the referee’s command the bar will be returned to the floor under the control of the lifter.

Country of Origin

  • United Kingdom/United States

Popular Countries

  • Bulgaria, China, Russia, Ukraine, United States

2017 World Games Champion (country)

  • Lightweight – Russia (men & women)
  • Middleweight – Poland (men), Ukraine (women)
  • Heavyweight – Ukraine (men), Brazil (women)
  • Super Heavyweight – Ukraine (men), United States (women)

Years Participated in The World Games

  • 10

Power Lifting Schedule

The schedule will be posted in 2019.

Power Lifting Results

The results will be posted in 2021.

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