Presidents Update- June 2017

The 2017 Full Power National Meet is in the books. The numbers for this year’s meet were a little lower than normal, however, the lifting was incredible. The meet was streamed live and even included a few interviews along the way. The stream can be found on the ADFPF’s Facebook page for those that are interested.

It seems that in every national meet we have a number of records that fall. However, they are usually the age-related or other categories (Master, Teen etc…). However, we were treated to seeing an open record fall in this meet which is a much rarer occurrence. The 100-kg class is always one of the most competitive classes and this year was no different. The top three lifters finished in the top four of the meet via Schwartz formula. It is fair to say that this class was loaded with talent. Jason St. Clair, from Indiana, established a new open world record squat. Jason weighed in at ~215-lbs and hoisted 614 lbs on a fourth attempt. I encourage everyone to watch it. When you see how smooth this squat was you will agree that Jason is likely going to be moving the mark higher and higher.

There are two events remaining this year that I would like to call to everyone’s attention. First, the ADFPF will be hosting a full power meet and strongman event at the Baltimore Expo Center as part of the Mr. America contest. The expo is being ran by Wayne DeMilia. For those who are not familiar with Wayne, he is somewhat of a legend when it comes to promoting fitness events and expos. He has, at one time or another, promoted all the major body building competitions. We expect this expo to be first class with many spectator activities as well as several items for participation. I am told there will be arm wrestling and MMA in addition to powerlifting and strongman events. This is a weekend that you will not want to miss.

The second event is the WDFPF World Powerlifting Championships to be contested in Boston this coming November. Typically, this meet draws ~200 lifters from all over the world (when I hosted it we had 17 countries represented). I can promise you that you will not be disappointed in the level of competition. To lift in this event, you must qualify AND apply to your relevant countries representative. The ADFPF has the meet application available on our website. We are allowed three lifters per age group and weight class division. If you have not qualified yet, there is still time. In August, there are three “Last Chance” qualifiers being held. They are in Muskegon, MI; Evansville, IN; and Boston, MA. Be aware that to qualify you must have lifted each of the single event qualifying standards as well as the total. At the World Championships, you must open with AT LEAST the qualifying lifts.

Prior to the National Meet this year we had a productive board meeting that will drive a number of changes in our organization. You can view the minutes online. However, at a very high level, the following items were accomplished: Nomination and voting procedure for the ADFPF board, establishing the State Chairs as paid positions (based on the membership in the state), position descriptions and qualifications, and clarification of the role of the ADFPF and National meet directors going forward. We believe these changes will further our growth and improve the way we operate. If you would like to get involved as a state chair, please look at the position responsibilities and qualifications and contact us if you are interested.

Additionally, the ADFPF has adopted the policy that no testosterone use is permitted (even with a TUE exemption). I will not go into all the details here but we have taken this stance after interviewing multiple medical personnel and individuals who, for one reason or another, are under a doctor’s prescription for testosterone. As always, I would like to warn lifters against the use of pre-workout or other supplements within a week of a meet. Many “pre-workout” supplements contain stimulants that are banned from competition by WADA. As a drug free lifter in the ADFPF you are responsible for knowing the rules and being aware of what goes into your body. Please do not trust the counter salesperson at GNC to know what is legal for WADA competition (they want a sale after all). I would advise lifters to play it safe and just avoid supplements altogether and just eat healthy when approaching a competition.

Lift strong and I hope to see you at one of our events.

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 insure 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.