Bench Press (Open)

Men’s & Women’s Open (Equipped & Classic) Bench Press Teams:

The Men’s & Women’s Open Classic & Equipped National Bench Press teams compete annually at the IPF Open Classic & Equipped World Bench Press Championships.

The current Open Bench Press national champions from the Men’s and Women’s Open Bench National Championships will automatically be a member of the USA National Team (subject to final approval from the National Office). If the Bench National champion of any weight class is unable to honor this appointment, then an additional team member will be selected from a rank order list of open lifters from Bench Press Nationals, Open (Equipped Powerlifting) Nationals and Open (Raw Powerlifting) Nationals.  The order will be determined by calculating each lifter’s highest average placing over the past three IPF World Championships, based on his or her bench at the championship used. The lifter with the highest ranking who is not already on the team will be appointed to the USA National Team, regardless of weight class representation.

The Open Equipped Bench Press Team is currently coached by Jill Arnow.

The Open Classic Bench Press Team is currently coached by Bill Hennessey.

Selection Criteria:

The Open Bench Press National Champions in their respective Weight Classes from the Bench Press National Championships will automatically be a member of the USA National Team attending the IPF Open (Classic and Equipped) Bench Press World Championships (subject to final approval from the National Office).

Alternates will be chosen from a Rank Order list of the following competition:

  • Bench Press Nationals
  • Equipped Powerlifting Nationals
  • Raw Powerlifting Nationals