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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.

>Follow the road to world events by turning to World News Central  

>Via Zoom or Podcast, we will feature a monthly broadcasts of federation news and information updates, as well as Q & A discussions, training secrets, interviews, etc. 

>Meet results, current record holders and lifter rankings are posted on this website within 48 hours following each meet. 

>Jeff Guller writes a monthly article for "Elite FTS" featuring Jeff's insights, experiences and topics of discussion.

>365 Strong maintains a position of promoting the athletes, hosts and our team of supporting partners that make up the foundation of this federation. We have a "no discrimination" policy regarding race, culture, nationality, religion or political beliefs. We welcome unity in our sport for all athletes no matter if an athlete is "tested" or "untested", geared or raw, novice or World Champion or a youth or masters lifter.   

>Kim Helm will post video via social media promoting our athletes, supporting cast of partners, meet hosts, etc.

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! 

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!!      

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 powerliftingwatch.com
365 Strong blog post, "No place for racism in Powerlifting or Society" made front page news on the powerliftingwatch.com website this week.  6/16/20 
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 Pete Mahaffey

Edwin Byler and Pete Mahaffey interview following the 2019 World Games.

Interview with Givi Margvelashvili of Georgia

World record holder Givi Margvelashvili from the nation of Georgia being interviewed by Edwin Byler.

Interview with Curtis Rabon

Curtis Rabon is interviewed following the 2019 World Games.

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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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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