Most Prestigious Championship

Tue, 06/06/2006 - 09:33 -- admin
APA Nationals
5% (39 votes)
APF Senior Nationals
27% (214 votes)
IPA Worlds
11% (86 votes)
NASA Nationals
8% (68 votes)
USAPL Nationals
34% (274 votes)
USPF Senior Nationals
5% (38 votes)
WABDL Championships
10% (83 votes)
Total votes: 802


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This pole is worded poorly. Honestly, one can not compare these organizations. Why? Drugs... plain and simple. Some of these organizations test while some do not. Essentially we're comparing apples to oranges here. So what constitues the most prestigious title really boils down to what you believe individually.

Submitted by admin on
Can you compare the prestige of the Canadian Football League title to the NFL title? Would those who believe in allowing drug use say the CFL one?

Submitted by TheGymMuse on
When you speak of prestigious, you are referring to the most famous. When speaking of prestige, it beomes a matter status, influence, power (sway) or emeinence. In speaking in terms of prestigious, it would be the USPF (unquestionable). If we were speaking of prestige , one has to look at where most powerlifters gravitate towards. I think in terms of this survey, I would suggest it would be best to select in terms of prestige. Lift..., what else?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Hey GymMuse, Didn't you mean USAPL not USPF? I think the USPF was the most prestigious at one time when they were the IPF affiliate, but now that goes to the USAPL by far IMO.

Submitted by TheGymMuse on
No..., I meant the USPF. I'm not trying to take anything away from the status that was bestowed upon the USAPL by the IPF. And the USAPL has worked very hard to create its own identity and be the example of what amateur powerlifting is all about. And the USAPL is a good federation with great people. But, the USAPL grew out from what once was the ADFPA which was created by those not interested in being a part of the USPF when it was the premeir federation in our country (USA) and who represented our country on the world stage for so many years. And there were many powerlifting greats who performed really great things. Some who still lift today and carries on in the spirit of so many great competitors that lifted in USPF meets. So, when looking at the history of our sport, it is the USPF, by the definition I offered above, that is the most prestigious. It has been consistant in its approach and maintaining its identity as a premier amateur federation when it could have very easily succombed and went in the direction of extreme (everything goes) powerlifting like those only interested in fame and fortune. It is my belief and opinion that the USPF is the elder spokes org (if that is possible?) that others still try to emulate and surpass. I think prestige is more applicable to the USAPL. Though my vote would only be one of many if we were to vote according to the definition I offered above. Lift..., what else?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Well the APF grew out of the USPF also..and the USPF was great, but they are struggling...the most prestigious would be the one where you compete against the best competition( as long as they follow the rules) so thats the USAPL and APF even though the APF is seeming to have some troubles.. The USPF has looked into merging with another oranization...and it seems as though the tide is shifting away from the APF..Look for some well know APF members to change affiliation soon...You will see. So that leaves the USAPL at this time.

Submitted by deheeren on
Start a 100% tested(blood, urine, muscle tissue, if needed) organization that is raw. Real muscle, real lifters vs. real iron. Then we will talk about prestige! But for now, the USAPL at least seems to have it right.

Submitted by Mike Kuhns (not verified) on
The A.D.A.U. (Anti-Drug Athletes United) is 100% RAW and >10% drug tested, thats as real as it gets these days.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
USAPL is there any other?.... lift on!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Just read the posts here, I have to laugh everytime I hear Powerlifting will be reviewed by the US Olympic Committee. It's time for all Powerlifting to unite as partners. Oh, I'm sorry you all can't leave your egos at the door, or can you?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The survey said prestige. Not legitimacy, not strongest, not IOC affiliation, not historical frame work. Prestige is based on perception by the largest group of people. The only two groups that make sense to observe are the general public and competitive powerlifters. The general public does not know or care what any powerlifter does, unless they are friends or family. IMO, the only reasonable way to indicate prestige is by the number of entrants at the meet. Everything else will devolve into discussions of drugs, judging or my fed can beat up your fed. None of those address the question posed in the survey. But, my fed CAN beat up your fed and we should all unite, as long as we go by my feds rules!