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

IWF Master's Rules


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.

Lifters may qualify for the IWF Masters World Championship at the last World Championship, the American Masters before the Worlds, or at the National Masters before the Worlds. Also, a lifter may qualify in any sanctioned meet in which all equipment, including scales, are certified and he/she is judged by at least two national referees. A special form is available that must be filled out and signed by all involved. This sanctioned meet must take place between the last Worlds and the deadline for this year's Worlds. The completed form must be sent to the national chairman within 30 days of the qualifying meet.

Ranking for the Worlds: Using the above rule, we take one's qualifying total and divide it into one's best total from a qualifier and the quotient will determine one's ranking. At each Worlds, the USA is allowed a certain number of slots and it will be made up by our best in the ranking. We will try to get extra slots if needed.

There are no qualifying totals to enter our Nationals. To be eligible one must be a registered master weightlifter and have competed in a sanctioned weightlifting competition within the past three years.