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365 Strong World Powerlifting Federation is Uniting the Sport of Powerlifting while Empowering the Lifter! During the present Coronavirus Pandemic we will post the latest federation news and information updates on our blog page.
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Road to the World Powerlifting Games 2023
Hosted by Mountain Island Fitness, Charlotte, NC
There's a lot to get excited about leading up to the World Powerlifting Games 2023! 
Agenda: October 20-22, 2023
Detailed breakdown located on the event page:  

365 Strong World Powerlifting Games | World Games of Power 2023 |


The USPA has come under fire today for covering up an apparent sex scandle amoung other things.

Tune into this YouTube video for more info:  (24) Did USPA Powerlifting Try to BURY the Chico Cloyne SEX SCANDAL? - YouTube

What's New in 2023...

The Latest 2023 News:

  • New Equipment: 365 SWPF stays ahead of the curve in providing the BEST and SAFEST equipment for our membership, we have recently purcahased an additional red, white and blue Monolift, 30kg SportsKraft Squat Bar, another red, white and blue Competition Bench (w/Face Savers), 25kg F8 Bench Bar and a 20kg Kabuki Deadlift Bar. 

  • Event Planning Changes:  Though for the most part all will continue under the usual format but there are some slight changes in some of the 2023 upcoming events, the changes are as follows:

    • April 29-30, 2023 - USA Nationals:  All male & female divisions / competitors using Raw or Raw Classic gear will compete on Saturday April 29th.

    • All male & female divisions / competitors using Equipped or Geared gear will compete on Sunday April 30th 

    • May 13, 2023 - Youth, HS, Collegiate & Junior Victory Cup:  This meet is only for male & female youngsters that fit into these four categories. Tested and Untested classifications still apply.

    •   July 22, 2023 - Female Power Evolution:  This meet is a female only event, all divisions apply.

    • The World Games of Power 2023 will feature our World Powerlifting Games, but will add a few additional strength sports in the overall event. Added will be Armwrestling, Grip, Power Lift (rep competition in Bench, Strict Curl and Deadlift) as well as one or two other power/strength contests.  

2022 Hall of Fame Class Inducted

The Hall of Fame Class of 2022 was inducted October 21st prior to the start of the World Powerlifting Games!

The event was held in a reception hall at Rise Indoor Sports, hosted by Chad Hickam and Stephen Lane and attended by the inductees, families, friends and many of 365 Strong's membership.   

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World Powerlifting Games 2022 - Features
The World Powerlifting Games is less than 3 weeks away!! 
1) Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - October 21st at 6:15 pm
2) The BEST equipped platform and warm-up area: 
>Platform Equipment: Dynabody Monolift and Competition Bench, Calibrated Kilo plates, SportKraft 65 lb. squat bar, F8 55 lb. Bench bar and Kabuki 45 lb. deadlift bar.
>Warm-up Area Equipment: 2 Dynabody Monolifts, 3 Competition Benches (with Face Savers), plenty of weight, Texas and Kabuki squat bars, another F8 bench bar, Dynabar 2000, etc. for benches and several Texas deadlift bars. 
3) Split Saturday October 22nd Lifting Schedule: All Females all divisions start at 9:00 am with a projected completion time of 12:30 pm. Then, 30 minutes after they've completed their compeition, Males in all divisions in weight classes 114-198 lb. begin competing (at approximately 1:00 pm)
5) Sunday October 23rd Schedule:  Males in all divisions for weight classes 220-SHW begin at 9:00 AM
2022 starts with a bang at the New Year Power Bash!!
January 22nd's New Year Power Bash at Mountain Island Fitness in Charlotte, NC was the site of several All-Time World Records!  Prior to the meet Bill Gillespie had announced his retirement following this meet. Over the past 2 years Bill had been chasing the All-Time (all ages) World Multi-ply Bench Press Record (SHW) and fallen short time and time again. On his first two attempts with an incredible 1130 lb. he failed. However, on the very last lift of his iconic lifting career he turned the world upside down by driving home the most impressive bench the globe has ever seen by locking out 1130 lb. 
Doug Smithey All-Time World Masters Multi-Ply Bench Record in the 275 lb. class was impressive, benching 1003 lb. on his opener! He just fell short of nailing the 1085 lb. bench he needed for the any age record...just a matter of time.
Maureen Clary, entered her first full power meet in 4 years following double shoulder replacement surgery. In the Masters Raw 148 lb. class she set an All-Time Masters Bench Record by tossing up 211 lb. After totalling 801 lb. she ranks 3rd in total All-Time!!
Jussi Kananen leads the way in Finland New Year Backyard Challenge!!
Due to COVID outbreaks in Finland large groups are not permitted. However, Finland's 365 SWPF Commissioner Jussi Kananen still found a way to hold a small competition that met government protocols. 365 SWPF World Records were claimed by Jussi in the M/P/F SHW Unlimited Division for bench and deadlift, Youth Oliver Salonen for raw bench, Sami Salonen for Paralifter Unlimited bench and Pertti Rautianen in the M/P/F 275 lb. class Unlimited bench!!
Bill Gillespie breaks the All-Time Masters-5 Raw Bench World Record!!
Bill Gillespie, the 62-year old from Forest, VA, broke the Masters-5 SHW Raw Bench World Record as he shedded the gear for the first time in many years.  At the December 18, 2021 Holiday Powerlifting Classic in Advance, NC!  Bill also holds the All-Time bench mark in the 308 lb. class Masters-4 Multi-ply Division as well as the Masters-5 Multi-ply SHW Division!! 
Barbara Haiden easily breaks All-Time Masters-7 World Record!!
Barbara Haiden, the 71-year old from Conway, SC broke the 181 lb. Masters-7 Raw Classic All-Time World Record in each lift and total.  At the Fit4Life Power Slam in Fayetteville, NC Barbara posted a 386 lb. squat, 287 lb. bench, 386 lb. deadlift for an 1058 lb. total!!!
Duncan Hundley breaks All-Time Junior World Records!!
Tested athlete Duncan Hundley broke the Junior All-Time Unlimited World Record December 4, 2021 by squatting 1135 lb. and totalling 2712 lb.!!  This after his October 17th single-ply All-Time Juniors World Record bench of 926 lb.!  All records were recorded in the 308 lb. weight class.
Current Federation All-Time Record Holders!!
These 365 SWPF athletes currently hold powerlifting All-Time World Records!! 
Karl Tillman, Full Power, SP, M-4 All-Time World Record

Karl Tillman, FP, M-4, SP, 275 lb. Wgt. Class

Bill Gillespie, M-5 Bench All-Time World Record

Bill Gillespie, BP, M-5, MP, 308 lb. Wgt. Class

Doug Smithey, M-2 Bench All-Time World Record

Doug Smithey, BP, M-2, MP, 275 Wgt. Class

Shannon Nash, M-2/Open Bench All-Time World Record

Shannon Nash, BP, M-2/Open, R, 181 lb Class

Maureen Clary, M-6 Bench All-Time World Record

Maureen Clary, BP, M-6, Raw, 165 lb. Wgt Class

Todd Campo, M-6 Bench All-Time World Record

Todd Campo, BP, M-6, SP/MP, 220 lb Class

Federation News Flash 

Though beginning our 6th year there's a lot of exciting news to report heading into 2021!  

  • The Juniors (20-23) and Sub-Masters (35-39) Divisions have been added to all upcoming meets

  • International expansion into Scotland is coming soon

  • The 2021 Upcoming Event Schedule has expanded by 50-60% more meets than in any previous calendar year

  • Turn to the Event Job Board to apply to work (various jobs are available) at any upcoming event

  • The new 365 Strong PowerUp Kids Club has been created to allow any child the opportunity to deadlift in future upcoming events

  • We will reward our future All-Time World Record holders, like no other federation

  • We have established the Annual Team Derby, paying out cash and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd

  • We wish to thank YOU...our 365 Strong membership, all international referees and meet personnel, our awesome event hosts and the growing support of event partners who's commitment will make 2021 extraordinary!!      

Gillespie and Smithey set a new All-Time Bench Records!!
Both Bill Gillespie's 1052.7 lb. bench on March 6, 2021 and Doug Smithey bench of 925.93 lb. on February 20, 2021 exceeded the All-Time World Record, Bill's for Masters-5 and Doug for Masters-2 respectively!! Bill's bench was also the best ranked him as the No. 1 Tested bench presser of All-Time! 

Newly Crowned Record Holders

Posted December 27, 2020:  Newly crowned World Record holders are as follows: Duncan Hundley, Rebekah Kemper (from the Liberty Challenge) and Abby Foy, Katie Roseman, Katy Silvers, Brittany Berryhill, Missy Taylor, Dawn Williams, Lisa Baker, Jennifer Rush, Melissa Smith, Shelley Yates, Mara Hall, Levi Niswander, Zack Viers, Adam Barber, Gabe Jackson, Stephen Lane, Max Hedrick, Derek Williams, Barry McCauley, Josh Richardson, Greyson Williams, Jacob Reynolds and Cody Wesson (all from the Backwoods Classic)!! Congratulations!

Records from the newly added Juniors (20-23) and Sub-Masters (35-39) has been posted!

2020 World games report

Posted October 20, 2020:  After numerous COVID-19 delays the 2020 World Powerlifting Games & World Bench Face-Off produced over 100 great lifters, a strong spectator turnout and some very good divisional and weight class match-ups. When the chalk dust finally settled there were no less than 40 new World Records set!  Divisional Best Lifter & Bench went to the following athletes, Reyhan Roybal, Shelley Yates, Triston Norris, Roy Apseloff, Tim Womack, Curtis Rabon, John von Rohr, Doug Smithey, David Crater, Brandon Arthur and Brandon Snowder. Team Plate Punishers won a close competition staving off a strong challenge from Carolina Fitness Center and Nebobarbell. 

Special thanks to Mountain Island Fitness for hosting the event, vendors Dynabody Fitness Equipment and Warrior Genetics Lab and the many event staffers that played a large role to ensure all came off without a hitch.

365 Strong Blog post featured on
365 Strong blog post, "No place for racism in Powerlifting or Society" made front page news on the website this week.  6/16/20 
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Kentucky Powerlifting newcomer Hollie Sands featured 

Hollie Sands is a M1-Masters raw athlete and a newcomer to competitive powerlifting. Though weight training for a number of years it wasn't until recently, the summer of 2019, did she feel inspired to compete in a sanctioned competition.  Her first competition was May 25th the Kentucky Classic a push pull event in her hometown of Stanton, KY.  Under the watchful eye of IWT Gym owner and coach Wayne Hall she went 7 for 7 that day, making her 242.5 lb. world record setting 4th attempt bench press and deadlifting 440.9 lb. another record!! 

As Hollie prepares for the Kentucky State meet coming up on October 12th her training lifts are going through the roof!  This time she'll compete in full power and hopes to claim all of the current world records both for Open and M1-Masters!  We plan to live stream this event on social media.   

Bill Gillespie 308 lb. class World Record 903.9 BP at 59 years young!!  Update: Bill recently BP 914.9 lb. as a SHW!

Interview with Greyson Williams

Interview with Givi Margvelashvili of Georgia

Interview with Pete Mahaffey

Interview with Curtis Rabon

365 Strong Talk Show radio is on the air, click on the photo on the left to listen to this weeks podcast!  Our weekly show is hosted by radio personality, 365 Strong Missouri Co-Chairman and federation athlete Chad Hickam. 

Features & Topics: Special guests, federation news and notes, training strategy variables and much more!

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365 Strong athlete and embassidor Chad Hickam
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2019 Worlds Repeat Champ - Carolina Fitn
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Nelson Rumsey 365 Strong World Record holder
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365 Strong World Record holder Paul Lauffer

The Q Athletic Performance Center of Mooresville, North Carolina, owned and operated by Doug Gillis, has won their bid to host several 365 Strong World Powerlifting events through 2019! 

The event lineup includes World Games qualifier, the Powerlifting Face-Off Challenge on March 9th!  This sets up the 2019 International World Powerlifting Games on May 10-12th! Then, the third big event is the Eastern USA Regional on June 22nd!

365 Strong Membership Growing throughout the US and now the World!

365 Strong World Powerlifting Federation is alive and well throughout the US and the globe!  Our membership continues to grow throughout the US and at least 6 our countries.

We're pleased to support those supporting 365 SWPF athletes!

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