Preparing for a USAPL Equipment Check and Weigh-in

Equipment Checks and Weigh-ins

Before you can step out on the platform, your body weight and equipment must be checked by a USAPL referee. The following is useful information that can help you successfully prepare for a USAPL equipment check and weigh in.

Weigh-ins

You must bring your USAPL membership card and a photo ID with you to the meet. A referee will ask for both at weigh-in. After you are weighed, a referee will ask for your opening attempts for each type of lift (squat, bench, dead lift) in kilos. You have the option to weigh-in in your undergarments or in the nude.

Equipment Checks

During equipment check, the referee will ask to see the type of gear that you will be wearing on the platform.

Raw Lifters

If you are lifting raw, the referee will want to see the following:

  • Non-supportive singlet (mandatory)
  • Round collared t-shirt with short sleeves and no pockets. (mandatory; tank tops and v neck t-shirts are not permitted.)
  • High socks for deadlifting (mandatory)
  • Sneakers or powerlifting shoes (mandatory)
  • Undergarments (mandatory; may be checked or confirmed by the referee). Briefs and athletic supporters cannot have legs of any kind.

Equipped Lifters

If you are lifting equipped, the referee will want to see the following:

  • Squat suit (mandatory)
  • Deadlift suit (mandatory)
  • Bench shirt (mandatory)
  • Round collared t-shirt with short sleeves and no pockets. (mandatory; tank tops and V-neck t-shirts are not permitted.)
  • Knee wraps (optional)
  • High socks for deadlifting (mandatory)
  • Sneakers or powerlifting shoes (mandatory)
  • Undergarments (mandatory; may be checked or confirmed by the referee). Briefs and athletic supporters cannot have legs of any kind.

Optional Gear for Raw and Equipped Lifters

The following optional gear may be worn by raw and equipped lifters during the meet. These items must also be shown to the referee at the equipment check:

  • Wrist wraps (optional)
  • Single ply neoprene knee sleeves (optional)
  • Lifting belt (optional)