General Rules

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1.    The World Powerlifting Congress (WPC) recognizes the following lifts, which must

be performed in the designated sequence in all applications conducted under WPC



        a. Squat          b. Bench Press        c. Deadlift          = Total


The highest total of the best successes of each lift will result in a Total. Winner of the competition will be determined by highest Total.


2.     All competitions under WPC rules must be conducted in kilograms.


3.     The WPC, through its members and member Federations, recognizes the following

World Championships:

Men’s Open World Championships                                 Women’s Open World Championships

Men’s Masters World Championships                             Women’s Masters World Championships

Men’s Junior World Championships                               Women’s Junior World Championships

Men’s Teenage World Championships                            Women’s Teenage World Championships

The WPC also recognizes National and International competitions of its member



4.     The WPC additionally recognizes and registers world records (in kilograms) for the

same lifts within the age and body weight categories as follows:


        Age Categories -

Men and Women – Open (Senior): from 13 years upward.


                Master     i)             from 40 years to and including 44 years of age

ii)             from 45 years to and including 49 years of age

iii)            from 50 years to and including 54 years of age

iv)            from 55 years to and including 59 years of age

v)             from 60 years to and including 64 years of age

vi)            from 65 years to and including 69 years of age

vii)           from 70 years to and including 74 years of age

viii)          from 75 years to and including 79 years of age

ix)            from 80 years upward


                Sub Master            from 33 years to and including 39 years of age


                Junior                     from 20 years to and including 23 years of age


                Teenage                 from 13 years to and including 15 years of age

from 16 years to and including 17 years of age

from 18 years to and including 19 years of age

Competitive lifting shall be restricted to competitors aged 13 years and over. The

lifter must have attained minimum age on day of the competition.  A lifter must lift in the open division or in the age group in which he or she is currently in, until they reach the stated upper limit of that category.