Welcome to the official website of the IPF affiliated Southern Powerlifting Club. Our club comprises a group of dedicated drug-free strength athletes training out of the Muscle & Body Shape Gymnasium in Richmond, Victoria.
We provide training and competition support for athletes competing in our chosen sport.
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Our lifters are hitting the platform for the first time this year at the Raw Australian Powerlifting Championships and Raw Pacific International held in Melbourne over the March 31 - April 1 weekend. Lifters competing will be Jasmine Higgs, Brad Keogh and Katrina Evans at the Aussies while Tim Germanchis will compete in the Pacific International.
We choose to compete with Powerlifting Australia Ltd (PA) which is recognised by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) as the governing body for the sport within this country. PA is the Australian affiliate of the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF), which is the oldest and largest world sanctioning body for our sport.
It is a club requirement that our members maintain an active membership with Powerlifting Australia Inc. Subsequently our members are subject to stringent WADA standard drug testing by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) or other designated bodies. This testing may be in competition, short notice out of competition or no notice out of competition. Southern Powerlifting Club fully endorses the fight against sports doping. Doping is in violation of the rules that we compete under. If you use banned substances you are cheating. We don’t train cheats!
Our members have competed at levels ranging from local events right up to Local, National, Regional and World Championships. We have been represented in disabled and able bodied events, junior, open and masters and by both male and female athletes.
We currently have three level one Powerlifting coaches recognised by the Australian Coaching Council.
We believe in training lifters in the basics of our sport and encouraging them to develop their own "slant" on training. We encourage the development of the clubs knowledge via the individual's exploration once they have sufficient knowledge and experience to act as a solid base.
We train people with the intention to compete. We do not train people who simply want to get stronger, bigger, faster etc. Our members compete. You may do the training but if you do not compete you are not a powerlifter. We train powerlifters.
Competition gives focus and drive to training by creating a sense of urgency via a time frame. It does not matter at what level of experience you are at, competition WILL benefit your training. Our lifters are all expected to compete when we determine they are ready. We encourage our members to strive to compete at the highest levels that their ability will take them too.
We expect that our members will contribute to the Club according to their means. We charge no specific club fees at present but do require financial support on rare occasions. The gym does require payment so the expectation is that either casual or membership rates be paid at the reception desk.
We expect that our members support our lifters when they are competing and preparing to compete. Spotting and encouragement at training sessions are of vital importance and we ask our members to understand that and to contribute both spirit and presence.
We expect that our members will contribute to the running of the sport according to their means and limitations. For example, when a competition requires spotters, loaders, officials etc., we expect our members to help out when and if they can. It is unfair to compete and expect spotters, referees and other officials to make themselves available to help if you are not prepared to offer that same help in return.
We expect our members maintain a membership with Powerlifting Australia Ltd to ensure that our governing body is supported and to ensure its future!
For further inquiries about becoming involved in Powerlifting, email Steve at: email@example.com