The Men’s & Women’s Raw Bench Press teams compete annually at the IPF Open, Sub-junior/Junior, and Masters Raw World Bench Press Championships. This is the premier raw competition featuring the world’s strongest bench pressers regardless of age.
The current raw/unequipped Bench Press National Champions from the Men’s and Women’s (Open, Subs, Juniors, and Masters) Bench National Championships will automatically be a member of the USA Team.
The Men’s and Women’s Masters (RAW) Bench Press competitors who achieve the highest lift within one of the following 4 IPF age divisions from the Annual USAPL Bench Press National Championships will automatically be a member of the USA Team.*
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
*To be eligible, every lifter must enter a Masters (RAW) 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 actually be competing for a national 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 for the M1 Master’s division, their names will be published in the warm up area of the event along with anyone else who will be aging in to a new age division. This is ONLY for Bench Press Nationals.
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 Raw Nationals, Military Nationals, Push Pull Nationals and all NAPF and IPF contests from the previous 12 months prior to Bench 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 Open, Sub-Junior, and Junior Teams are currently coached by Bill Hennessey. The Masters Team is currently coached by Steve Petrencak.