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Welcome to the ultimate Powerlifting Quiz!

Are you prepared to flex your mental muscles and show that you’re a true powerlifting enthusiast?

We’ve curated tough questions that will challenge your knowledge on this intense sport.

Just count your right answers and check our result table to gauge your performance.

So, tighten your weightlifting belts, summon your game face, and let’s see if you can lift your powerlifting trivia prowess to new heights!

Table of Contents

1. What are the three main lifts in powerlifting?

  • A) Bench press, deadlift, squats
  • B) Snatch, clean and jerk, deadlift
  • C) Bench press, clean and jerk, squats

2. In which year was the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) founded?

  • A) 1971
  • B) 1967
  • C) 1982

3. What is the main difference between a regular squat and sumo squat in powerlifting?

  • A) Foot position
  • B) Barbell placement
  • C) Range of motion

4. What is the youngest age category in IPF sanctioned competitions?

  • A) Sub-junior
  • B) Junior
  • C) Youth

5. In which weight class can a male competitor weighing 75 kg compete?

  • A) 66-74 kg
  • B) 74-83 kg
  • C) 83-93 kg

6. What does the acronym RAW stand for in powerlifting?

  • A) Real Athletic Work
  • B) Response After Weight
  • C) None of the above

7. What is the name of the suit worn by equipped lifters to assist them during squats?

  • A) Squat suit
  • B) Deadlift suit
  • C) Bench shirt

8. Who holds the all-time world record for the raw bench press?

  • A) Julius Maddox
  • B) Ed Coan
  • C) Scot Mendelson

9. What term refers to a lifter’s body position when they complete the lift?

  • A) Lockout
  • B) Press
  • C) Drive

10. Which organization was originally responsible for writing powerlifting rules before the creation of the IPF?

  • A) The AAU
  • B) The IWF
  • C) The WABDL

11. What is the weight of the standard barbell used in men’s powerlifting competitions?

  • A) 15 kg
  • B) 20 kg
  • C) 25 kg

12. What is the term used when a powerlifter drops from a higher weight class to a lower one?

  • A) Calibrating
  • B) Cutting
  • C) Transitioning

13. What is a common injury among powerlifters due to the high-intensity nature of the sport?

  • A) Herniated disc
  • B) Broken finger
  • C) Sprained ankle

14. Which type of grip is commonly used while performing a deadlift in powerlifting?

  • A) Double overhand grip
  • B) Mixed grip
  • C) Hook grip

15. What component is responsible for allowing lifters to return the barbell to the ground after a bench press attempt during competitions?

  • A) Chalk
  • B) Spotters
  • C) Padding

16. Which country has the highest number of powerlifting world records?

  • A) United States
  • B) Russia
  • C) Ukraine

17. In competition, how many attempts does a lifter have for each of the three main lifts?

  • A) Two
  • B) Three
  • C) Four

18. Which of these lifts is typically performed first in a powerlifting competition?

  • A) Squat
  • B) Bench press
  • C) Deadlift

19. What substance is commonly applied to lifters’ hands to improve their grip during powerlifting exercises?

  • A) Chalk
  • B) Baby powder
  • C) Vaseline

20. What is the name of the technique often used by powerlifters during the bench press to reduce range of motion and increase the amount of weight lifted?

  • A) Arching
  • B) Bouncing
  • C) Power grip

21. In which decade was the first women’s powerlifting competition held?

  • A) 1960s
  • B) 1970s
  • C) 1980s

22. Who is considered the “father of modern powerlifting” and a pioneer in popularizing the sport?

  • A) Bill Kazmaier
  • B) Ed Coan
  • C) Bob Hoffman

23. Which of the following cues is often used to describe the proper technique for initiating a deadlift?

  • A) Push the earth away
  • B) Pull the barbell up
  • C) Swing the hips forward

24. What is the term used to describe a failed lift due to improper technique or the inability to complete the lift?

  • A) No lift
  • B) Red light
  • C) Failure

25. What is the standard height of a regulation powerlifting bench?

  • A) 42 cm
  • B) 45 cm
  • C) 47 cm

26. What is another name for the sumo deadlift?

  • A) Wide stance deadlift
  • B) Narrow stance deadlift
  • C) Super deadlift

27. What type of shoes are recommended for powerlifting to provide stability and support during main lifts?

  • A) Running shoes
  • B) Flat-soled shoes
  • C) High-top shoes

28. What is the role of the official who calls out commands to the lifter during a powerlifting competition?

  • A) Head judge
  • B) Technical officer
  • C) Chief referee

29. What is the number one reason a lifter may get disqualified from a powerlifting competition?

  • A) Unsportsmanlike conduct
  • B) Failing to make weight
  • C) Missing the lifting command

30. What is a common term used to describe the point in a squat where the hips are below the top of the knees?

  • A) Full squat
  • B) Below parallel
  • C) Deep squat

31. What equipment is mandatory for a powerlifter to wear during official competitions?

  • A) Singlet, t-shirt, and shoes
  • B) Knee sleeves, wrist wraps, and belt
  • C) Weightlifting gloves, headband, and compression shorts

32. What is the purpose of wearing knee sleeves or knee wraps during powerlifting?

  • A) To provide compression and support to the knees
  • B) To help lift more weight
  • C) To increase stability and balance

33. In order to be considered a “good lift” in competition, how many out of the three judges must give a white light?

  • A) One
  • B) Two
  • C) Three


# of Correct Answers Percentage Range Label Description
0- 0-49% Armchair Athlete You've got some learning to do, but don't worry, there's always the next game!
- 50-64% Rookie Runner Not bad! Keep practicing, and you'll be a sports trivia champ in no time.
- 65-79% Midfield Maestro Impressive! You're getting closer to the top, keep up the good work.
- 80-94% All-Star Striker Wow, you really know your sports trivia! You're a force to be reckoned with.
-33 95-100% Legendary Champion Unbelievable! You're a true sports trivia master. Your knowledge knows no bounds!

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