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Frequently Asked Questions

Please read below, or follow the links, to find answers to some of our more frequently answered questions.  If these FAQs do not satisfactorily answer you query, then please get in touch using   


Please click on the link to view our dedicated 'Membership FAQs' page. 


How do I find competitions in my area?

Many British Powerlifting regions have their own Facebook Pages, but you can also stay in touch with our Powerlifting community on the British Powerlifting Facebook Discussion Group found at: 

Follow the link to view a full list of British Powerlifting Competitions .

I have never competed before, what should I expect?

If you have never competed before or are relatively new to the sport, don't panic. There will be plenty of officials and other lifters available on the day to give advice, so please remember to ask somebody if you are unsure about anything. It is sensible to attend other events in advance to get a feel for the competition environment and the running of the day. We would also recommend joining a local Powerlifting Club to meet and train alongside like minded people.

For more detailed advice here is a brief introductory guide  to competing within British Powerlifting.

Please also read the following useful article  for tips about how to improve your performance on competition day.

Where can I find the British Powerlifting rules?

British Powerlifting operate under IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) rules.  Lifters are expected to lift in accordance with IPF Technical Rules  and to wear IPF Approved attire.  

It is strongly advised that all lifters, particularly novices, read these documents carefully before competing.

The online entry system for British Championships is not working.

There are often simple reasons why lifters cannot use the online entry system. These are usually centred around problems with email addresses or membership numbers. The following guidance usually solves the majority of issues.. 

Email Address: Entry can only be made using your exact email address as submitted when registering for British Powerlifting membership. If your email address was incorrectly entered at point of sign-up this will cause issues. If in doubt, or your email address has changed since joining, please contact our Membership Registrar  for clarification.

Membership Number: Your Membership Number must be entered in the following format: GB123456. Please do not include your regional prefix.

Drug Testing

Will I be drug tested?

British Powerlifting is a drug tested Powerlifting organisation and as a member of our organisation you could be tested at any event.

British Powerlifting adheres to WADA Protocols and is the only UK Powerlifting organisation to conduct 'fully independent' drug testing in line with WADA guidelines.

Please visit our Anti-Doping Page  to find out more.

Who will I be tested by?

British Powerlifting use independent companies such as IDTM or PWC to carry out their testing. The urine samples are collected and handled only by representatives of these companies. Analysis of samples is carried out by WADA accredited laboratories.

I am currently taking a banned substance to treat a medical condition, can I still compete?

In some rare circumstances it may be permissible to compete whilst using a banned substance.  In order for any claim to be considered, British Powerlifting athletes must complete, and submit, a 'Therapeutic Use Exemption Form' directly to British Powerlifting. 

To find out more about applying for a 'Therapeutic Use Exemption' please visit our Anti-Doping Page.


What clothing should I wear?

It is essential that you wear the appropriate clothing for Powerlifting, this applies at all levels. You will be expected to wear equipment in accordance with IPF Technical Rules and only equipment that is listed on the IPF Approved List.

N.B. There may be some leniency applied at Novice and Divisional Level, if Equipment meets IPF Technical Specifications, but at English National Level or Higher, any equipment used must be IPF Approved. Please contact your Home Nation, Divisional Representative  or competition organiser for clarification.

Can wear clothing with my Club logo on?

Yes, absolutely. Clubs and gyms are the cornerstone of the Powerlifting community.

In domestic British Powerlifting competitions you are permitted to wear your name and the name of your club, or personal sponsor, on your lifting apparel.

If you are unsure whether what you have in mind is suitable, please contact a member of the British Powerlifting Board  who will be more than happy to advise.

Courses and Training

How do I become a British Powerlifting Referee?

To become a referee you must initially pass the Divisional Referee's Exam You can then go through the various stages of promotion from National Referee to IPF International Level. To find out about courses please contact our Technical Officer Doreen Dowsett:  or your Divisional Secretary 

How do I become a Powerlifting Coach?

We run two REPS accredited Powerlifting Coaching Courses and these are listed on our calendar of events. For more information please contact our Coaching Secretary Fred McKenzie: 


I would like to use the British Powerlifting logo for promotional purposes, is this possible?

We are happy to send out logo files for specific purposes.  Please get in touch via to request copies of official logos or for more details.

Isn't Equipped Lifting cheating?

Not at all. Equipped and Classic lifting are two distinct, but equally valid, forms of Powerlifting. Participants compete within either style on a level playing field and according to the particular rules for permitted apparel that each form allows.

Can I take Photos and Videos at competitions?

Yes, please feel free to capture your friends and family in action, assuming that you have their permission to do so.  However, it is not permitted to obtain footage and then offer these for sale during or after the event.  British Powerlifting work with selected Authorised and Official Photographers who have been granted permission to cover specific events by prior arrangement. 

How Do I Claim My Exclusive 25% Eleiko Discount?

Please visit the following page  for more information about this offer.

What are the Powerlifting lifts?

Please click here  for a brief overview of the Powerlifting disciplines.

Further Information

If you do not find the answer you are looking for here, please get in touch via our Contact Page  for further information.

British Powerlifting is the only UK powerlifting organisation that carries out independent WADA compliant drug testing. In 2017 we conducted some 140 anti-doping tests, all at our own expense. GB lifters in World Championships are registered with the IPF for Out of Competition Testing (OCT).


Coaching Courses

Take our accredited training courses to become a British Powerlifting Coach.