Powerlifting Competition

The Intramural Sports Powerlifting Competition is sponsored by the Bulls Team Shop.

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The Competition

Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squatbench press, and deadlift. As in the sport of Olympic weightlifting, it involves the athlete attempting a maximal weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates.

Rules of Competition

General Guidelines
  • 3 attempt for each lift
  • Attempts must increase in weight

Equipment Allowed*

  • Belt
  • Knee Sleeves
  • Elbow Sleeves
  • Wrist Wraps
  • Olympic Shoes
  • Singlet
  • Chalk

Equipment Not Allowed

  • Knee Wraps
  • Wrist Straps

*not required

Rules of Each Lift

  • Must be below parallel
  • No downward motion
  • Must follow commands (Squat, Rack)

Bench Press

  • Must pause at chest
  • Butt and back must be on the bench
  • Both feet must be on the ground
  • No downward motion
  • Must follow commands (Start, Up, rack)


  • No downward motion
  • Must pause at the top
  • Must lock out knees and hips
  • Shoulders must be back when the lift is finished
  • Must follow commands (down)

The Details

UB Intramural Sports is bringing you a new competition this fall to show off your strength!

Our Powerlifting Competition is hosted in the Alumni Arena Fitness Center and is open to UB Students, UB Faculty/Staff and Recreation Members. Register on-line and pay the $20 entry fee in-person at Recreation Member Services (175 Alumni Arena) to secure your spot. Sign-up now because we plan to host this competition once per semester!

All participants will receive:

  • Intramural Sports Powerlifting Competition T-Shirt
  • Chance to WIN the overall prize, a $50 Gift Certificate to the Bulls Team Shop

Next Competition Date:

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Tentative Schedule*

  • 10AM - Weigh-ins
  • 11AM - Racks open for warm-ups
  • 12PM - First Lift
    • Lightest Weight Classes First
    • Lightest Weight First

*You will receive more detailed information after submission of the Intramural Sports Powerlifting Competition Form.

Weight Classes

WOMEN'S 120 lbs. and under 121 - 169 lbs. 170+ lbs.
MEN'S 150 lbs. and under 151 - 199 lbs. 200+ lbs.

Weight Class will be confirmed on day of competition at weigh-ins.


Registration (ONLINE)

CLOSED:  Roster Full

Payment (IN-PERSON)

  • $20/person
  • Pay in-person at Recreation Member Services, 175 Alumni Arena via credit card or check only.
  • Bring receipt of payment to the competition as a form of entry.*

*Payment must be made before the competition.