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 another competition this spring 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 $25 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, March 7th, 2020

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)


Payment (IN-PERSON)

  • $25/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.