Credible Drug-Free Powerlifting Without the Politics.

Presidents Update – November 2017

This update may be a bit longer than normal so please bear with me. I believe there is a lot of good information that follows.

ADFPF Updates

Elections will open for the positions of President and Treasurer in January. This is your opportunity to affect the leadership. We strive to be a TRUE Drug-Free Organization. We do not bring politics into our organization. We do not tell our lifters to where and who they can compete lift. We simply ensure an ethical and honest playing field when they choose to lift with us. As I have stated multiple times, our board spends considerable time that is 100% volunteer. There is no compensation. We simply want to improve the sport and the atmosphere for those lifters who wish to test their strength on an equal playing field. Please help us by spreading this message. If you cannot compete where you like and be assured that the rules apply equally and consistently to everyone then you should definitely give the ADFPF a chance. There are only two organizations that can truly say they have a real international affiliation (ADFPF via WDFPF and USAPL via IPF). Ironically, the ADFPF and USAPL were the same organization (ADFPA) until some of the leadership split off to form the USAPL and affiliate with the IPF. This was a result of the rapid growth the ADFPA (and drug-free lifting) and subsequent membership drop in the USPF (which was the USA affiliate at that time). Since that time the ADFPF has continued to operate as it has since 1981 with the same value and international affiliation with the WDFPF.

We are also working hard to elevate the experience at our national meets. We are going to be introducing music (lifter selected) and highlighting the outstanding lifters we expect to see on the platform at our National meets. At the end of the day, no one really makes any money from Powerlifting. We do it because it is fun. There is no way an organization should dictate when where and how a lifter may compete unless they are willing to put up some money and sign a contract. When organizations behave in this way, I must question the motivation.

As we end 2017, I think we have made significant progress on a number of our objectives: we significantly increased our referee pool, our website has improved and updates are timely, meet and membership registrations are completed online, we are making progress on state chairs, and our membership level is at its highest since the days of the ADFPA. I look forward to 2018 and continuing the positive momentum we have started. As always, if you wish to be involved in any way or have suggestions, please let us know!

WDFPF Full Power Championships, Boston, MA

There are so many positive things that came from this meet I am not sure where to begin. Let’s start with the Friday activities. All of our nominated candidates to test for International Referee status passed. This is great for the ADFPF. Getting judges has always been a challenge for our National level meets. Yet, it is critical to allow for us to set world records. Well, we added 7 International referees to our ranks: Bill Sias, Richard Hammer, Maggie Danley, Mike Tanis, Tim Piper, Jonathan Wrenn and Jacob Stagg. I wish to thank each one of these individuals for giving their time to further the opportunities afforded to our lifters.

I am not going to give a meet summary as there is not enough time, however, there are a few events that stick out in my mind. First off, I had and completed perhaps the hardest squat of my 35-year lifting career. It was not supposed to be that hard! Somehow, I stayed under the squat and finished it. Upon walking into the warmup area, I dropped to my knees from exhaustion (plus I thought I might pass out). As I was kneeling there, Jeremy Rodgers came up and took a knee beside me and told me how proud he was of me for staying with the lift and completing it. For those that didn’t get the memo yet, Jeremy then went out and absolutely owned the platform. What looked to be a close competition ended up being not as close as we thought it would be. As a Master lifter my lifts are certainly not as impressive as they were 20 years ago, however, I hope the example inspires our young, current and future stars to leave it on the platform.

Speaking of our young talent. We had three relatively new lifters make incredible impacts at worlds. Y’Diedre Green, Brandon Anderson, and Jason St. Clair all set OPEN world records in route to winning their classes. Jeremy Rodgers came out as a champion in a very competitive 82.5kg class. While all of our lifters did well, these are some of the young talents in the ADFPF that exceeded everyone’s expectations. We will see some big things from these lifters in the future.

Finally, I wanted to recognize the unbelievable talent Team USA had in the 100kg class. We had two lifters pull over 700 pounds (Danny Wade, Ben Motl), a Master lifter bench 2x his bodyweight (Chevron Williams) and class champion Jason St. Clair break the world squat record on two successive attempts. Throw in some talent from Britain and Switzerland and this class was absolutely loaded with talent. 12.5 kilos ended up being the difference between the class champion and the 4th place lifter. I hope to see these guys go at it again at Full Power Nationals this summer. What a show!

The WDFPF congress voted on the venues for next year. Single Event Worlds will be contested in Malta while Full Power Worlds will return to Glasgow, Scotland. USA did put in a bid for 2019 to hold the Single Event Worlds. We must return with more definition, but it looks likely that we will host the 2019 Single Event Worlds.

I was very proud of this group of USA lifters. All day long, I saw lifters helping, cheering and competing with each other. The comradery was as strong as I have ever seen. This is what makes these events great. We all come from different places and have different backgrounds and interests but we all came together for a couple of days of fun, competition, and celebration. Thanks to all officials and lifters for conducting themselves in such a way.

Mike Stagg

President ADFPF


American Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation Mission Statement

The ADFPF is a non-profit organization formed to provide all amateur athletes with legitimate drug-tested powerlifting, Strongman/women and Highland Games competitions through local, state, regional and national championships, while encouraging the growth of international amateur drug-free competition. To ensure that the ADFPF, as well as all ADFPF competitions, are governed with integrity and by the highest standards of meet structure, officiating and organizational administration.