The Arnold USA Powerlifting Championships will return to the Arnold Sports Festival for an 12th straight year in 2019.
USA Powerlifting (USAPL), based in Anchorage, Alaska, has more than 18,400 members who compete in an organization committed to drug-free competitions throughout the United States. The group is also the only U.S. member of the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF), the oldest and largest governing body for the sport of powerlifting. The IPF, founded in 1971, has members in more than 100 countries.
Dr. Larry Maile, President of USA Powerlifting, said, “USA Powerlifting is thrilled to return to the Arnold Sports Festival for our 10th year. Once again, we will showcase many of the world’s elite lifters as they compete in the benchpress, deadlift and squat. Watch as the best athletes go head-to-head in competition and watch as they attempt breaking World Records!”
2018 USA Powerlifting paid out over $35,000 in prize monies to our Pro Athletes at the Arnold! Watch them compete again in 2019 for the Gold, the Records and $42,000 and cash payouts!
2018 Event Information
The 2018 Arnold USA Powerlifting Championships will consist of seven events that will be held in the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s C-Pod (same locations as previous years) and on Arnold Fitness EXPO Stage and ROGUE Strength Stage.
A7 Bar Grip Pro Raw Challenge
(8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday, March 2 in C-Pod)
A competition of raw lifters who will qualify at the 2018 USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals. They must achieve a qualifying Wilks score in order to compete. This high demand competition filled under 3 minutes last year.
SSP Nutrition Pro Bench Championships
(3-5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 3 on ROGUE Strength Stage)
Also held on the Rogue Strength Stage, some of the best benchers from around the world will be competing. Watch both raw and equipped going head to head for the big cash prizes and the chance to set IPF World Records.
SBD Pro American Invitational
(10:0 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, March 3 in C-Pod)
The top level raw and equipped lifters compete in a full meet (squat, bench and deadlift) for the top prize money. This event is invite only and consists of the top level lifters from our National and international events.
Arnold Powerlifting Arnold Grand Prix by SBD
(9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 3 on ROGUE Strength Stage)
Held on the Rogue Strength Stage, this event is a fast paced, 2-hour event, consisting of 8 raw lifters and 8 equipped lifters (8 women and 8 men in total). Scoring for the top prize is based on the Wilks formula, so every attempt is critical. In the past years, we have seen IPF World Record squats, benches and deadlifts go into the history books. We anticipate more to come in 2019.
Bodybuilding.com Pro Deadlift
(10-11:15 a.m. Sunday, March 4 on Arnold Fitness EPXO Stage)
Sunday morning, some of the biggest pulls of the weekend will happen in front of the massive crowd at the Arnold. Both men and women will be competing, not only for the biggest pull within their gender, but also by formula. We will see multiple women pulling over 500+lbs and men between 800 and 900lbs!
USA Powerlifting Squat Challenge
(10-Noon Sunday, March 4 in C-Pod)
Sunday morning kicks off a whole new event for USA Powerlifting. Changing it up some, we will be having lifters competing in a squat for reps competition. These lifters can max out with a lot of weight, but are they ready to give a show with how many reps they can move? Time will tell.
USA Powerlifting Battle of the Regions
(Noon-3 p.m., Sunday, March 4 in C-Pod)
A new event coming in 2019, the Battle of the Regions. The top 5 athletes who competed at Regionals in 2018 will be selected for this competition. Each region will be battling as a team, scoring by Wilks formula.