• Pit Team:

    Pictured are members of the Pit Powerlifting Team in Evansville, IN. The Pit has captured 15 National Titles since 1974.

  • OWOWTeam:

    OThe OWOWs are a relatively new team, primarily made up of Master female lifters. They hail from Columbia Missouri and are rewriting the American Master records.

  • Joe Newton:

    Joe Newton holds the World record bench press in his division as well as Squat, Bench, Deadlift and Total American records.

  • Matt Sohmer:

    Matt was the first teenager to squat over 800lbs unequipped. As a teenager, Matt holds the senior World Record in the Squat as well as multiple World titles.

  • Jacob Stagg:

    Jacob holds world teenage records in the squat, deadlift and total as well as most American and National records in his division.

  • Shelly Frazier:

    Shelly holds the world record in the bench press and American records for all lifts in her division. Additionally, she is one of the OWOW original members and leaders.

Presidents Message (November 2013)

It has been a while since I have provided an update and there are a few things I would like to review.

First of all, long time ADFPF powerlifter and volunteer Gary Morrison passed away this year. For those who knew Gary, he was a pleasure to be around and was always willing to lend a hand. Gary continued to rely on his friends and his faith during his final days. I feel blessed to have known Gary and am proud to know he was my friend. Gary embodied the spirit that we value in the ADFPF.

2014 looks to be a very exciting year. The ADFPF will hold its first High School National championship in Springfield, OH in February. I see this as a very positive development for our organziation. Additionally, world records will continue to be set in our 2014 Single Event Nationals in Evansville, IN and the full power Nationals in Quincy, IL. The change to our National meets to allow world records to be set has created a much higher level of competition. Thank you to John Jachim for working with the WADA labs and the WDFPF to allow this change to occur.

Regarding drug testing, there are two items I want to bring to your attention. There are many substances that are on the WADA list of banned substances but can be taken as long as a TUE form is filed. The TUE must be filed with WADA. There is some confusion in this process. The TUE must be filed through WADA and you must have an exemption number on file with WADA. NOTHING else is sufficient. Please contact an ADFPF board member if you have questions in this regard. I would also like to remind all lifters that there are many over the counter "pre" and "post" workout supplements that can cause a positive test due to stimulants or masking agents in the supplement. Please understand that YOU are responsible for what you take so be sure you understand what is in your supplements. My best advice would be to avoid supplements other than protein, vitamins, and creatine.

Finally, congratulations to our lifters who took part in the WDFPF Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Out of 13 lifters, 10 lifters set new American and/or World records. This is a testament to the strength of the team that attended and demonstrates the improved quality of our top lifters.

As always, thank you for taking part in the ADFPF.

Michael Stagg
President, ADFPF


Historical Overview

From the 1988 formation of the World drug-Free Powerlifting Federation through to early 1997, the ADFPA had been the sole U.S. Affiliate to the WDFPF. By joining the International Powerlifting Federation, the ADFPA could no longer be the WDFPF's U.S. affiliate. A replacement U.S. affiliate was needed. The American Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation was formed becoming the necessary vehicle through which U.S. drug-free lifters might participate in international competition against drug-free lifters of WDFPF member nations. (For your information, in the past, two other powerlifting federations applied to become the WDFPF U.S. affiliate but were unqualified due to being unable/unwilling to meet the WDFPF's stringent drug-testing rules, regulations and policies. The ADFPF was accepted as the sole U.S. Affiliate to the WDFPF from 1999 through to 2003. As of 2005, once again the ADFPF has successfully become the WDFPF's U.S. affiliate. A Board of Directors has been established to run the business affairs of the ADFPF. The first ADFPF organizational meeting was held on June 11, 2005. Minutes of that organizational meeting are available on this website; please review these minutes at your convenience.

Current ADFPF Rules

The ADFPF rules are identical to the WDFPF rules. All ADFPF Technical Rules, Drug-Testing rules, Personal Equipment rules, Platform Equipment rules and competition rules can be found in the WDFPF Rulebook which is also available for downloading on this website.

View the WDFPF Rule Book

American Drug Free Powerlifting Federation Mission Statement

The ADFPF is a non-profit organization formed to provide all amateur athletes with legitimate drug-tested powerlifting, Strongman/women and Highland Games competitions through local, state, regional and national championships, while encouraging the growth of international amateur drug-free competition. To insure that the ADFPF as well as all ADFPF competitions are governed with integrity and by the highest standards of meet structure, officiating and organizational administration.