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British Powerlifting has a comprehensive competition programme starting at local level and progressing through national up to British Championships. These attract a large number of lifters, for example over 400 athletes competed in the 2015 British Classic Championships. We send teams to all European and World Championships across all the age groups and disciplines with a high degree of success.

You are never too young or old to make a start in powerlifting; competitors aged 14 year and upwards are welcome. Equally, you are never too old. Several 70+ competitors still represent Britain internationally and many 'masters' lifters only take the sport up in their 40s or 50s. Powerlifting is a great sport with an unrivalled camaraderie which promotes health, strength and vitality. If you decide to take your first steps in the sport and want to lift in an independently drug tested organisation with an established network of local divisions, choose British Powerlifting.

  • British Equipped Championships

    Date: 26/06/2021 - 27/06/2021

    Location: Stanhope Hall, Horncastle

    Details: These championships will be subject to prevailing COVID-19 restrictions.

    Qualifying totals from 2019 onwards, post the Equipped Championships, will be accepted.

    The equipped bench press championships will be run together with the classic bench press later in 2021.

    You must lift in these championships to be considered for international selection.

  • British Master's Classic Championships

    Date: 24/07/2021 - 25/07/2021

    Location: Moulton College

    Details: These championships will be subject to any COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time.

    Qualifying totals from 2019 will be accepted, but note that lifters in the new women's bodyweight classes will have to have set the appropriate total at a bodyweight within the new classes.

    You must lift in these to be considered for the World Master's team.

    This will be a two platform competition.



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.