Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports, USA

Where Excellence is Achieved


2013 - 2016 Powerlifting Rulebook

2012 WASUSA Powerlifting Records

IPC Powerlifting Classification

Powerlifting Resources

What is Powerlifting?

Powerlifting is the Bench Press, which is the ultimate test of upper body strength. Competitors must lower the bar to the chest, hold it motionless on the chest and then press it upwards to arms length with locked elbows. The bench press is the only discipline with 10 different categories based on body weight.

The competition is open to all athletes with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, amputees (lower limb amputees only) and others who meet the minimal disability criteria.

Athletes must be able to grip the bar with thumb and fingers and be able extend both their arms at the same time. 



100% cotton plain t-shirt

Wrist wraps (if needed)

Belt (if needed)

*No gloves or head gear allowed


Length: Shall be 2100 mm long overall and be flat & level

Width: The main body of the bench shall be 610 mm wide, but for a distance of 705 mm from the head end, the width shall be 305 mm leaving two equal shoulder of 152.50 mm.

Height: The height shall be not less than 450 mm and not exceeding 500 mm measured from the floor to the top of the padded surface of the bench without it being depressed or compacted.

Stands: the height of the uprights on both adjunstable and non- adjustable benches shall be a minimum of 750 to 770 mm to a maximum of 1000 to 1100 mm measured from the floor to the bar rest position. Minimum width between inside of bar rests shall be 1100 mm.

For a diagram of the bench, please click here.

Location of Benches

  • Michigan - 2 IPC Benches
  • Ohio - 2 Weightlifting Benches
  • Tri-State (New Jersey) - 1 Bench
  • Oklahoma - 2 IPC Benches
  • Penn State - 2 IPC Benches
  • Myrtle Beach - 1 Bench
  • Texas - 3 Benches