***The Powerlifting Competition is open to ALL genders, including Cisgender (non-Trans) people. We strongly encourage the general public and allies to participate in order to unify the communities through the sport.***

Powerlifting Competition – Rules and Regulations

Please read carefully before applying. Failure to follow any of these guidelines can be ground for disqualification.


As a future ambassador of IATB, you will be required to maintain an annual membership at $30/year. You will then receive a membership card which will allow you to compete at any IATB event. Your membership must always remain active in order to compete. Membership comes with many benefits. Sign up today to become a member.

Entry fee:

The entry fee is $50 per competition.

Refund policy:

Annual membership and entry fees are non-refundable.


All competitors are allowed to bring one assistant or trainer with them backstage. Depending on the number of competitors and space limitations, we might limit the time allowed backstage.


In order to allow safe and free movements, all competitors must wear tight and collarless clothing that covers the entire torso and do not cover elbows and knees. We recommend any type of singlet that doesn’t cover the knees or shoulders. Wraps are NOT allowed but you can wear knee sleeves, wrist wraps and a belt if you choose to. Weightlifting shoes are highly recommended but not required. Socks must be worn at all times.

Competition guidelines:

Depending on the number of competitors who sign up to compete at one event, there will either be different categories or will use the Wilks Formula (or a combination of both), which focuses on absolute strength of each lifter and compares them on an equal standing.

***The Wilks Coefficient or Wilks Formula is a coefficient that can be used to measure the strength of a powerlifter against other powerlifters despite the different weights of the lifters.***

  • Each competitor will have three (3) attempts to perform a proper lift.
  • Your highest successful lift in each event is your total. The competitor with the highest total is the winner.
  • There will be spotters to help with the lifts and during practice.

Lifts to Practice (In the following order):