President’s Updates

Letters from the President


Presidents Update August 26, 2018

We have had a busy summer and I would like to update the membership of some of the items we can look forward to next year.

First, a reminder to any lifters who are qualified and would like to go to Scotland to compete in the WDFPF worlds to please get your team application in ASAP. We do have some money set aside in our international fund and will, likely, use that to provide uniforms to all team members.

Speaking of WDFPF worlds, the USA is making a bid to host the 2019 Single Event Championships on the first full weekend in June. I do believe the WDFPF is looking favorably on our bid, however, it cannot be confirmed until after the WDFPF congress in Scotland. We will be proposing to hold the event in the same location as the National meet which was Henderson, KY. The venue was very nice and even has a cafeteria, so lifters can get food at the site. The single event worlds have Squat competition on Friday, Bench Press on Saturday and Deadlift on Sunday. As these are technically three different events, lifters competing in more than one event will be required to weigh in each morning for each event. Please plan now so you are qualified and ready should our bid be accepted. We have put together a very effective team for this event and I expect it will be a very nice event.

The National Championships were contested in Henderson, KY. The lifter turnout was smaller than expected, however, the quality of lifting was very high. You can see our World Record holders from 2018 featured on the ADFPF website’s front page. If for some reason, you believe you should be featured and are missing, please contact us (it may just be that we do not have a picture to feature).

Stay strong and train hard.

Presidents Update – April 2018

I need to inform our membership that due to unforeseen issues with the meet director and the venue in Long Island, NY, we find it necessary to move the Full Power National meet to another location. The meet is now going to be held on July 28-29, 2018 in Henderson, KY. The venue will be the John F. Kennedy Community Center. It is a really nice venue and I should provide the lifters with a great National meet experience. Please spread the word. We expect this to be an outstanding meet!

Congratulations to our new Treasurer, Richard Hammer. We will be transitioning treasurer duties over the next few weeks. I also want to thank Michael Chase for his past work as treasurer. Mike has been a valuable board member for the ADFPF and has agreed to stay on the board as an at-large member to assist where needed.

The 2018 Single Event Nationals were held at the Old National Events Plaza with great success. Many records (both American and World) fell. Some of the younger ADFPF/WDFPF talent showed up to show their stuff. Jeremy Rodgers upped his lifts from his 2017 World Championship and easily won his class. Jason St. Clair continues to break world squat records. He did so in both equipped and unequipped divisions (671 and 650lbs respectively). Finally, Ben Motl, broke the existing World deadlift record by pulling 732 lbs (at 220lb bodyweight).

In the women’s division, Master lifter and OWOW team member Kim Morgan Jones broke world records in each lift and truly set a high standard for excellent performance.

While these were the lifts that stood out, please check the results as there were numerous records set and several outstanding lifters.

Single Event World Championships will be contested in Malta this June. Any USA lifters who wish to go should go to the event on the ADFPF site and fill out the team application form.

With Nationals beginning next year, we will likely require some type of qualification. Please support the ADFPF by entering or volunteering for meets in your area. As always, we encourage any feedback you may have!

Michael Stagg

Presidents Update – December 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season and are ready to get back with it for 2018. There are several significant events coming this year so I would encourage everyone to plan early.

First of all a reminder that elections open on January 1st and conclude at the close of the Single Event Nationals. I encourage everyone to read the candidate statements and actively participate in this process. There are two positions on the board up for election; President and Treasurer. I am running for President and am, thus far, unopposed. Even though, I would like to hear your input and have you read my candidate statement. It outlines the direction I wish to move the ADFPF over the next several years.

The treasurer position has two candidates. Michael Chase is the incumbent and he is challenged by Richard Hammer. I believe both of these men are fine individuals and assets to the ADFPF. Both have given considerable time and talent selflessly to the ADFPF. I would like to briefly outline the direction I would like to see the treasurer take. I believe, given our dynamic makeup that our banking system needs to be moved to a national bank to better facilitate board changes in the future. Beyond that, this position just needs to effectively manage our expenses: insurance policies, drug test invoicing/payments, taxes and not for profit status along with any other expense related questions. Mike Chase has done this well over the past several years along with being a valuable asset to assisting with meets all over the country. Richard Hammer has become very active with us over the past couple of years and has attained International Referee status along with providing input on medical related questions. He has also assisted with meets and anywhere else he has been asked to assist.

As I indicated in my last update, I desire to elevate the experience at our National Meets. This begins with the Single Event Nationals to be held in Evansville, IN on March 17. This meet is being held in conjunction with the Indiana Muscle Expo at the Old National Events Center in downtown Evansville. I venture to say you will not find a better venue and encourage everyone to make it a point to take part in this event. I have tentative confirmation that WDFPF World Open Champions, Jeremy Rogers and Jason St. Clair will be lifting. Jeremy pulled over 600lbs at 181lbs while Jason St. Clair set a new Open squat record of 630lbs at the WDFPF worlds.

This summer, the Full Power Nationals will be held in New York hosted by Matt Sohmer. We already have some of the top lifters in the World (regardless of federation) competing. Perry Ellis Jr, Matt Sohmer and Dennis Cornelius will be putting on quite a show as they battle for top honors. We are expecting this to be our largest National meet to date.

The best way you can help us keep our National Meet experience high is to attend and COMPETE. These are expensive meets for our meet directors to run and they very much need your attendance. Please take the time to enter as early as possible and support these meets (along with your state or local ADFPF meets).

Finally, we are setting aside $5 from each meet entry this year that will go toward offsetting international meet expenses. We also encourage anyone wishing to donate or to serve as a corporate sponsor to please contact us.

As always, please share any comments or input with us regarding your thoughts on what we can do better. Thanks and I hope to see you at a meet in 2018.

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!

Mike Stagg


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

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

March 5, 2017

I just returned from the ADFPF Single Event Championships. I have to hand it to meet director’s Michael Chase and Tim Piper, they truly ran an outstanding meet. They ran over 60 lifter competing in 158 individual events on two platforms and completed the meet by 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The Western Illinois ROTC did all spotting and loading and did as good a job as I have ever seen. They did not have a single misload (or dropped bar) all day. In addition to that the meet was streamed live by a group of professionals manning 6 cameras. The stream can be viewed on YouTube.

This meet has set a new standard in our organization that I hope other meets strive to follow. We are aware of the amount of work put in by our lifters and want to continue improving the ADFPF to bring them the recognition they deserve. Having said that, I wish to refresh our readers on what sets the ADFPF apart from other lifting groups.

  1. In every meet, it is required to test a minimum of 10% of lifters. This is not optional and results are available publicly through the WDFPF (our International affiliate). Additionally, we require a minimum number of out of competition tests among our registered athletes.
  2. We “target test” our lifters. In other words, we work aggressively to keep our athletes competing honestly which creates a transparent and level playing field for all lifters.
  3. The ADFPF is a not for profit organization. Our board members are all volunteers. While this does have some drawbacks and limitations, you can be assured that our efforts are always looking to improve the future of the sport.
  4. Our unequipped division is exactly that. We allow wrist wraps and a belt.

The ADFPF is strong in its core values. We do not condone drug use and work aggressively to prevent it in our organization. We also have consistent judging that is conducted per the rulebook. Nothing is more frustrating to a lifter than inconsistent judging. Even if it works in your favor one meet, it will work against you in another meet.

I firmly believe that the drug use that seems to be so widely accepted in today’s society along with the inconsistency with respect to rules are two of the main factors that prevent our sport from being accepted to the mainstream public.

Our national meet is set for June 24-25 in Columbia, MO. We expect this meet to be an excellent prelude to the WDFPF Full Power World meet to be held in Boston, MA this November. Please spread the word. I hope to see you there!


December 2016

I want to highlight what the ADFPF has in store for 2017. We have made very good progress with our website. We are moving more and more to electronic meet registration and membership registration. I also believe we will likely have a record number of meets this year. As always, we always need volunteers. Our directors work hard with no compensation to create opportunities for our membership. Please support the ADFPF in any way you can.

The highlight in 2017 will be WDFPF Full Power World Championships in Boston. These championships have not been in the USA since 2012 so it is a great opportunity to test yourself against some of the best lifters from WDFPF member nations. We expect 150+ lifters from 15+ countries. However, you must qualify to be considered for this meet. We are limited in the number of entries per division. To be considered, you must, AT A MINIMUM meet the qualifying standards.

The minimum standards are located here.

To qualify for consideration, the lifter must meet or exceed the qualifying total for his or her age/weight class. Additionally, the individual lifts in making up the total must meet or exceed the single event qualifying lift. For example, the 75kg, M2 Men’s division must have the following minimum requirements to qualify:

Total meets or exceeds: 440kg
Squat meets or exceeds: 147.5kg
Bench Press meets or exceeds: 110kg
Deadlift meets or exceeds: 162.5kg

These requirements must have been met within 2 years of the meet date. In the event we have more than 3 lifters apply for the same class and division, the selection committee will use criteria as follows:

  1. Placing and total at the FULL POWER NATIONAL meet.
  2. Other meet totals.
  3. Previous international lifting experience in the WDFPF.
  4. Lifting consistency. Has lifter failed to register totals (ie…bomb)….etc….Can lifter open successfully with the qualifying lifts.

If you have registered the qualifying lifts and won your division at the FULL POWER NATIONAL meet, your acceptance is guaranteed provided you are a member in good standing. Criteria 2-4 are based on the best judgement of the selection committee. Our committee has a lot of international experience and we want to be sure that lifters who attend position themselves to have a good experience.

Please be aware that your OPENING lift at the World Championship must be AT LEAST equal to the single lift qualifying standard. In the example above, this means the 75kg, M2 men’s lifter must OPEN with at least 147.5kg Squat, 110kg Bench, and 162.5kg deadlift. I do realize these rule changes have increased the difficulty to qualify but this is the World Championship meet and you must be one of the best to compete.

I would encourage all those who can qualify and attend to do so. Even if you do not win or place, it is an honor to have met these qualifying standards and to be selected to lift with the best the WDFPF has to offer. I can assure you that it will be a memory you will keep with you for many years to come. You will meet some great people and witness some truly historic lifts. I wish you all the best in your lifting for the upcoming year. Please sign up for our email notifications on our website and check frequently for upcoming meets via the following link:


July 2016

Well, it has been a busy summer. Our transition to a new leadership team is now complete and I believe we have a number of improvements already in place and more coming. There is a section on the website to add your email. You will be informed of record updates, upcoming meets and other announcements. We will not fill your inbox with spam or distribute the email list. This is a great way to stay abreast of happenings in the ADFPF. Please go to the upcoming events page and add your name at the bottom of the page:

I would like to inform all lifters interested in competing in the WDFPF World Full Power Championships that the team applications are available on the upcoming events section of the website. The applications must be completed and submitted by the end of August. Due to some issues between the IDFPA (Irish Drug Free Powerlifting Association) and the WDFPF the Full Power Championships have been moved from Ireland to Italy on the same date. Detailed information will be posted on the upcoming event section on the website as soon as it is available.

The 2017 Single Event Nationals will be held in Macomb, IL. The last time Macomb hosted the meet was very well run and held in an outstanding venue at Western Illinois University. I strongly recommend marking this meet on your calendar. We are still accepting bids for the National meet next year so if you have any interest in hosting the meet, please contact me. In 2017, the WDFPF World Championships will be held in Boston, MA. As always this will be a very large meet and you must qualify. In addition to qualifying, there is a limit to how many lifters can be entered in each class/division. The easiest way to insure your spot is held is to qualify at the National Championship. Preference will be given to place winners at the Full Power Nationals.

We are also going to be posting more articles about nutrition, training, and various opinions. If you have something to say, please feel free to submit an article. We do reserve the right to edit the article and/or refuse any article but we do want to hear from the lifters. Additionally, you will see a lifter profile section become active. If there are any specific lifter interviews you would like to see then let us know and we will contact that lifter.

We hope to hear from you and see you on the platform soon.

Mike Stagg
President, ADFPF

April 2016

The ADFPF has undergone some important changes on the executive board, and I’m happy to introduce you to our new volunteers and to recognize those that have done a terrific job serving ADFPF in the past. First, thanks to Tim Piper, who has generously served as ADFPF treasurer. Tim has been an invaluable resource for our organization, and we will miss him. We are extremely fortunate to have Michael Chase assume the duties of treasurer. Thank you Michael for taking on this important role! Also stepping down from his role as member of the ADFPF board is John Jachim, who also served in the past as our drug control officer. John did a good job implementing the necessary steps to allow our National meets to set World (WDFPF) records. Thank you John for your service! Replacing John is Shelly Frazier. Shelly has been involved with the ADFPF for several years and was nominated as a board member last year. Shelly’s background as a doctor will be extremely helpful in our drug testing protocols. Finally, Bill Sias has stepped in to help with our website and other technical issues, which will help us be more efficient with things like membership cards and record keeping. I’m optimistic that these changes can help us grow our organization and serve our membership more effectively.

ADFPF is a volunteer organization, and it can be difficult to find people with the time and talent for the many essential tasks. Often times, these tasks become overwhelming and we tend to “burnout” our volunteers. However, without people who are willing to give of themselves selflessly, the ADFPF would not exist. Please keep this in mind as you interact with our staff and also with meet directors. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer (even with simple tasks at meets), please contact one of our board members.

Mike Stagg
President, ADFPF