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jmccown
10-15-2009, 06:03 AM
What would you guys consider criteria for a powerlifter to be considered a pro? Obviously I would assume a certain level of experience, knowledge, competitions, sponsors, etc. But is there a set level of criteria for one to assume a title of "PRO"? Just curious.

Tom Mutaffis
10-15-2009, 06:28 AM
What would you guys consider criteria for a powerlifter to be considered a pro? Obviously I would assume a certain level of experience, knowledge, competitions, sponsors, etc. But is there a set level of criteria for one to assume a title of "PRO"? Just curious.

My understanding is that it is simply based on your total. Experience, knowledge, competitions, and sponsors are not a factor. If someone showed up at their first meet and hit the numbers then they would considered a Professional.

I am sure that some of the guys here can better explain it though.

NASAKYCHAIRMAN
10-15-2009, 07:08 AM
A pro is someone that competes in pro meets. Pro meets are usually the top lifters in their respected lift and offer some type of monetary reward. Several federations have pro meets based on being invited, total or just signing up for the meet. Also, each pro meet rules,etc will vary from federation to federation too. So, almost any lifter in the powerlifting community can compete as a pro or call themself a pro lifter. I have competed in two NASA Pro meets(2008 & 2009) and won almost $2300 in cash.

Sponsorship has nothing to do with being a pro, but competing in pro meets can help you get a sponsor or two,etc.

Lones Green
10-15-2009, 07:10 AM
The ProAm had a total you had to get in order to lift on pro day. I'm not sure of the exact numbers, but it was something simple like:

242-2300
275-2400
308-2500
SHW-2600

etc etc

MarcusWild
10-15-2009, 05:20 PM
I agree with judging pro status by the Louie pro am qualifying totals.

Brian Hopper
10-15-2009, 05:45 PM
The ProAm had a total you had to get in order to lift on pro day. I'm not sure of the exact numbers, but it was something simple like:

242-2300
275-2400
308-2500
SHW-2600

etc etc

I know the 242's is 2200, but I'm not sure what the others are.

ThomasG
10-26-2009, 05:43 PM
Is it possible to be a pro naturally?

endymion88
10-26-2009, 06:03 PM
yes it is possible to be a pro naturally

SELK
10-26-2009, 06:08 PM
Is it possible to be a pro naturally?

To get a pro total, for sure.

Thats a limited rating scale though, you have raw guys and singleply guys who are in the same ballpark of strength, but they obviously can't make a "pro" total.

For multiply lifting, on a handful of guys get pro totals every year. I would imagine it to be < 1-2% of competitive powerlifters.. but i could be wrong.

Matt Adams
10-26-2009, 08:27 PM
yeah i consider "pro" to be by qualifying total at the powerstation pro-am.not sure all the totals of all weight classes but believe some of them are

181=1810
198=1925
220=2100
242=2200
275=2300

SELK
10-26-2009, 08:40 PM
those totals where ~100lbs lighter for IPA worlds if i remember correctly.

MarcusWild
10-26-2009, 11:32 PM
Is it possible to be a pro naturally?

If you don't think it's possible, then you'll never do it.

Saverio
10-27-2009, 05:35 AM
Pro=non drug tested

NASAKYCHAIRMAN
10-27-2009, 05:47 AM
yes it is possible to be a pro naturally
I am drug free & compete in nasa pro meets. I have won more than $2200 in cash. Also, there are drug tested & non-drug tested pro meets.

First place at the 2008 & 2009 NASA Pro Powersports Championship
http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v650/186/17/1132188636/n1132188636_179951_8762.jpg

http://www.nasa-sports.com/Pro%20Power%20Sports/2009_nasa_pro_power_sports.htm

NASA Top 20 Pro Money Winners
Rank Name Events Amount
1 Jason Smith PS & PL $6,500.00
2 Tyson Meyers PL $5,050.00
3 Cyrus Ford PS & PL $4,225.00
4 Michael Bishop PL $3,500.00
5 Dane Harris PS $2,450.00
6 JT Hall PS $2,275.00
7 Jamie McDougal PS $2,250.00
8 Desmond Phillips PS $1,650.00
9 Jamie Smith PS $1,650.00
10 Dan Wagman PS $1,400.00
11 Terry Tucker PS $1,350.00
12 Henry Thomason PL $1,200.00
13 David Wilson PS $1,150.00
14 Chris Spirrison PS $1,100.00
15 Wade Johnson PL $975.00
16 Kevin Foster PL $900.00
17 Chris Dargin PS $800.00
18 Tony Scott PS $800.00
19 Guy McNeil PS $775.00
20 Chris Truccolo PL $600.00

Jason198
10-27-2009, 06:19 AM
Nasa has a great pro meet i hope they bring it back

NASAKYCHAIRMAN
10-27-2009, 07:58 AM
Nasa has a great pro meet i hope they bring it back

We are working on the final details and an announcement should be made in Jan, 2010. Here is a Oct, 2009 statement: http://members.boardhost.com/krnlpeterssold/msg/1255487443.html