POWERLIFTINGLEVELS Total in the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift
This category represents the strongest lifters of the sport in all aspects of powerlifting performance. It is not uncommon for Elite level drug free lifters to have 10+ years of experience with serious powerlifting training. Approximately 7% of competitive powerlifters will reach the Elite level of classification.
These lifters have established consistent technique optimal for themselves and have reached exceptional strength levels. Master lifters are likely to have 6+ years of experience with serious powerlifting training. Approximately 15% of competitive powerlifters will reach the Master level of classification.
Lifters at this level are technically proficient and consistent and have good strength levels although she or he may still be improving. Class I lifters are likely to have 4+ years of experience with serious powerlifting training. A high percentage of competitive powerlifters are at the Class I level classification.
This represents the lower tier of the experience level lifters. Lifters in this category are fairly technically proficient and strong, but are still developing and refining and may still lack technical consistency. Class II lifters are likely to have 3+ years of experience with serious powerlifting training.
These lifters are more advanced intermediates and are still refining their lifting technique and developing their strength base. Class III lifters are likely to have 2+ years of experience with hard resistance training.
These intermediate lifters have some training experience but are still refining their lifting technique and developing their strength base. A Class IV lifter is at the beginning stage for a powerlifter. Class IV lifters are likely to have 1+ year of experience with hard resistance training.
These lifters have recently taken up powerlifting and are still developing technically and physically, and have a large disparity between core strength and Powerlifting performance.
This is applicable to all drug-free lifters who compete in raw powerlifting competitions.
DRUG FREE PERFORMANCE CLASSIFICATION CHART