I like the bench rule changes, I use my squat shoes for bench and my feet have a tendency to slip when I get leg drive. I've missed a couple attempts this way....
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I guess I will have to drop a few pounds. I compete 242 and I am currently at 238lbs. This change will be good for guys that are weighing light in there current weight class. It is great to hear they are going to have a raw worlds.
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So, the IPF are a single ply federation right? Are they having unequipped events now too? Or have they always done that?
Also, I agree on less weight class = better, but it's ****ing powerlifting and the weight classes need to be distributed accordingly. They aren't distance runners, get some heavier weight classes. I really do think there should be another weight class somewhere around 300lbs, 265lbs is just too low to say that anything above that is a SHW, IMO.
I like the new bench rules, and honestly I'd like a "no handoff" rule but that's just me. It's not something I'd want in all feds but it makes perfect sense for the IPF. If you have to walk out your squats, why not have to unrack your own bar to bench?
Sidenote: The other day the thought of inventing a bench mono lift popped into my head. Good idea or bad?
Actually, the monolift came about from a self-spotting bench prototype.
As long as there is single-ply gear, the IPF will have a handoff. If not, say goodbye to a lot of lifters.
According to Marksteiner, around 73% of the USAPL will be in the top four weight classes lol. If you look at the SHW class, only 2% of the current IPF population falls under that 120+ guideline, yet in the USAPL that number is near 15%. American lifters are just heavier period, which is probably why we're the only country complaining about that lol.
I also have no idea why they dropped the lowest subjunior/junior weight class for women when the 114 class for men didnt drop. There's barely anyone in those classes period. As much as the people (cough gear companies cough) don't want to admit, unequipped is the only way the IOC wants to see powerlifting. And at an international level, more lifters can get into the sport due to simplicity of training, cost, etc. IF all these changes were just to appease to the IOC, then this was a mistake, because it simply isn't going to happen.
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