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    How and when can someone be considered a professional powerlifter

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmccown View Post
    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.
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    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.
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    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

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    I agree with judging pro status by the Louie pro am qualifying totals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonesXedge View Post
    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.
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    Is it possible to be a pro naturally?
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    yes it is possible to be a pro naturally

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasG View Post
    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.
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    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

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    those totals where ~100lbs lighter for IPA worlds if i remember correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasG View Post
    Is it possible to be a pro naturally?
    If you don't think it's possible, then you'll never do it.
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    Pro=non drug tested

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    Quote Originally Posted by endymion88 View Post
    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.

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    Nasa has a great pro meet i hope they bring it back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason198 View Post
    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/krnlpet...255487443.html
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