Masters Weightlifting
About Masters Weightlifting

Masters Weightlifting is the Olympic sport of weightlifting for persons 35 years old or older. Weightlifting is the ultimate sport of strength and power and should not be confused with powerlifting, bodybuilding, or general weight training. Weightlifting consists of two events; the snatch and the clean-and-jerk. Masters Weightlifting is a committee within USA Weightlifting, which is the national governing body (NGB) for the sport of weightlifting in the United States.

This website is operated independently of USA Weightlifting. Its purpose is to promote the sport of weightlifting in general and masters weightlifting in particular. Any suggestions, comments, questions, or complaints should be directed to the webmaster or national masters chairman.


IWF Master's Rules

USA MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING

The United States Masters Program will adhere to all USA Weightlifting Rules and all IWF Master's rules, but reserve the right to change any of these rules with a majority vote of our members at our annual business meeting.

USA Masters specific rules

Bids for National Masters will include requirements to be able to provide a two platform meet if the number of entries demand this.

QUALIFYING FOR IWF WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Athletes may qualify for the IWF Masters World Championship at national and international masters meets that fall within the qualifying period of the IWF Masters World Championship. The qualifying period normally begins the day following the close of the previous year's championship and ends in May or June depending on the date of the championship. The national meets are the the American Masters and the National Masters. Occasionally the Pan American Masters falls within the World qualifying period. Also, a lifter may qualify in any USAW sanctioned meet in which all equipment, including scales, are certified and his/her lifts are adjudicated by at least two national referees. A special form must be completed and signed by the athlete, referees, and person conducting the weigh-in. This competition must occur within the qualifying period for the championships. The completed form must accompany the entry form when it is sent to the national chairman.

QUALIFYING FOR PAN AMERICAN MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Athletes may qualify for the Pan American Masters Championship at national and international masters meets that fall within the qualifying period of the Pan American Masters Championship. The qualifying period normally begins the day following the close of the previous year's championship and ends in April or May depending on the date of the competition. The meets are the IWF Masters World Championship, the American Masters, and the National Masters. Also, a lifter may qualify in any USAW sanctioned meet in which all equipment, including scales, are certified and his/her lifts are adjudicated by at least two national referees. A special form (same as for Worlds) must be completed and signed by the athlete, referees, and person conducting the weigh-in. This competition must occur within the qualifying period for the championship. The completed form must accompany the entry form when it is sent to the national chairman.

QUALIFYING FOR NATIONAL MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Athletes may qualify for the USAW National Masters by posting the qualifying total at any USAW sanctioned competition or international Masters competition that falls within the qualifying period of the National Masters. Any former national masters champion is also automatically eligible. The 15/10 kilo rule will be enforced for all competitors in the National Masters Championship.