Men’s & Women’s NAPF (Classic & Equipped) Bench Press Teams:
The Men’s & Women’s Open, Sub-Junior, Junior and Masters Classic & Equipped National Bench Press teams compete annually at the NAPF North American Open, Sub-Junior, Junior and Masters Classic & Equipped Regional Bench Press Championships.
The Men’s & Women’s Classic & Equipped Bench Press competitors who achieve the highest lift in their respective Divisions (Open, Sub-Junior, Junior and Masters) and Weight Classes at the previous year’s annual USA Powerlifting Bench Press National Championships will automatically be selected as a member of the USA National Team (subject to final approval from the National Office).
Divisions will ultimately be determined by the IPF’s rules of age eligibility. This means that lifters may be aging in or out of the original Age Division they competed in; and therefore would be newly grouped and compared against their competition year age division.
If the aforementioned 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 the remaining lifters at Bench Nationals. If there are a limited number of individuals to choose from the Bench Nationals competition, the remaining spots will be chosen from a similar ranked order of lifters who competed at the USA Raw Powerlifting Nationals, USA Equipped Powerlifting Nationals, USA Collegiate Nationals or USA High School 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 NAPF Bench Press Team is currently coached by Mike Burns.
The Open, Sub Junior, Junior and Master Lifters with the highest Bench Press in their respective Weight Classes/Age Divisions from the Bench Press National Championships will automatically be a member of the USA National Team attending the NAPF North American Open, Sub-Junior, Junior and Masters (Classic and Equipped) Regional Bench Press Championships (subject to final approval from the National Office).
Alternates will be chosen from a Rank Order list of the following competitions
- Bench Press Nationals
- Collegiate Nationals
- High School Nationals
- Equipped Powerlifting Nationals
- Raw Powerlifting Nationals