The Men’s & Women’s Masters Bench Press teams compete annually at the IPF Open, Sub-junior/Junior, and Masters Equipped World Bench Press Championships. This is the premier equipped competition featuring the world’s strongest equipped bench pressers of all ages.
The Master Women and Men lifters appointed to represent USA Powerlifting at the IPF Masters World Bench Press Championships will be chosen using the following criteria:
The Men’s and Women’s Masters Bench Press competitors who achieve the highest lift as defined by IPF qualifications* from the Annual USA Powerlifting Bench Press National Championships will automatically be a member of the USA Team.
*IPF qualification is defined as a lifter who completes the highest lift within one of the following 4 IPF age divisions for both Men and Women (a total of 8 teams). To be eligible, every lifter must enter a Masters division and turn 40 years of age or older when the IPF Championship will be held (currently, the following year). As such, please note the following example. Even if a 59 year old lifter has the highest lift amongst all M2 50-59 year olds, they will competing for a world team spot among the M3 60-69 year old IPF age division, since they would turn 60 during the year of the IPF competition and no longer be eligible for the M2 50-59 year old IPF age division. Furthermore, an individual who is 38-39 years of age at Bench Press Nationals MAY be able to compete at the IPF Master’s World Bench Press Championships per the IPF’s rules of age eligibility if they turn 40 within the year the world competition is held. If a lifter of this age is eligible and wishes to compete for a world team position they must enter as a guest lifter in the M1 Master’s division.
Men (4 Teams) – Men’s M1: 40-49; Men’s M2: 50-59; Men’s M3: 60-69; Men’s M4: 70 or older
Women (4 Teams) – Women’s M1: 40-49; Women’s M2: 50-59; Women’s M3: 60-69; Women’s M4: 70 or older
If the Masters automatic qualifier from Bench Press Nationals of any weight class/IPF age group is unable to honor this appointment, then an additional team member will be selected from a rank order list of Masters lifters from the remaining lifters at Bench Nationals as well as all Masters lifters from Women’s & Men’s Nationals. Alternates will be selected based on Wilks number rank within the alternate pool they are in. No other factors will be considered. However, when comparing lifters of the same age and weight class, the lifter with the higher total will be invited.
The teams are currently coached by Jim Brown.