The Australian Powerlifting League

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The Australian Powerlifting League is an affiliate of The International Powerlifting League (IPL). It is the mission of the Australian Powerlifting League (APL) to provide powerlifting competition of uniform high quality which are available to all athletes who meet the criteria for membership.


Powerlifting comprises of three lifts: the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. Powerlifting competitions may be comprised of one, two or all three of the lifting disciplines. Athletes are categorised by sex, age and bodyweight. Each competitor is allowed three attempts at each lift, the best lift in each discipline being added to their total. The lifter with the highest total is the winner. In cases where two or more lifters achieve the same total, the person with the lightest bodyweight wins.