Enjoyed by both men and women in over 78 countries around the world, Powerlifting is without doubt the ultimate strength sport. It is distinct from Weightlifting - a technical event made up of two lifts, the Snatch and the Clean-and-Jerk, where the weight is lifted above the head. Powerlifting is a test of pure, unadulterated, brute strength, and comprises three lifts : 

The Squat

The lift starts with the lifter standing erect and the bar loaded with weights resting on the lifter's shoulders. At the referee's command the lift begins. The lifter creates a break in the hips, bends his knees and drops into a squatting position with the hip crease (the top surface of the leg at the hip crease) below the top of the knee. The lifter then returns to an erect position. At the referee's command the bar is returned to the rack and the lift is completed.

The Deadlift

In the deadlift the athlete grasps the loaded bar which is resting on the platform floor. The lifter pulls the weights off the floor and assumes an erect position. The knees must be locked and the shoulders back, with the weight held in the lifter's grip. At the referee's command the bar will be returned to the floor under the control of the lifter.

The Benchpress

With her or his back resting on the bench, the lifter takes the loaded bar at arm's length. The lifter lowers the bar to the chest. When the bar becomes motionless on the chest, the referee gives a press command. Then the referee will call 'Rack' and the lift is completed as the weight is returned to the rack..

The Goldilocks program

The Goldilocks training program is designed for both males and females, it works off the goldilocks theory that something too heavy won't be moved, while something thats too light will not have any effect. We run these training sessions for small groups of 3-4 people by appointment, booked with one of our powerlifting instructors.

The BDFPA is affiliated to the WDFPF (World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation), and is the only UK powerlifting organisation recognised by the international body. This is the cornerstone of BDFPA competition, as our members are extremely particular who they lift against. Our membership of the WDFPF is therefore non-negotiable.


The BDFPA goes from strength to strength. Membership has trebled in the past five years. If you believe that drug-free lifters belong in a drug-free organisation, lifting against other like-minded individuals and drug-free bodies around the world - then you belong in the BDFPA and the WDFPF. Join us. 


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