The establishment of the IPF in 1973 spurred the establishment of the EPF (European Powerlifting Federation) in 1974. Since it was closely associated with bodybuilding and women had been competing as bodybuilders for years, the new sport was opened to them very quickly. The first U. S. national championships for women were held in 1978 and the IPF added women's competition in 1979. In the USA, the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 required that each Olympic or potential Olympic sport must have its own national governing body by November 1980. As a result, the AAU lost control of virtually every amateur sport. The . was founded in 1980 as the new national governing body for American powerlifting.
This was my 3rd attempt deadlift…463lbs.
weeks ago, I didn’t break the floor attempting 465. Needless to say,
I was pissed and worried. I started questioning my technique, myself,
and my mental toughness. Yesterday, I knew after my second attempt I had
to go for that pull. Told myself if the weight started moving, I
wouldn’t stop pulling until the judge said “Down”. I am so proud of
myself even though I didn’t get credit for the lift. I’ve erased all
doubt about my ability to stick with a pull…to grind when I need. Plus
Cardi was playing, so I had to come with it! Already looking forward to
next training cycle!
- Barbara Lee