Power Lifting

Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. As in the sport of Olympic weightlifting, it involves lifting weights in three attempts. Powerlifting evolved from a sport known as “odd lifts”, which followed the same three-attempt format but used a wider variety of events, akin to strongman competition. Eventually odd lifts became standardized to the current three.

In competition, lifts may be performed equipped or un-equipped (typically referred to as ‘raw’ lifting or ‘classic’ in the IPF specifically). Equipment in this context refers to a supportive bench shirt or squat/deadlift suit or briefs. In some federations, knee wraps are permitted in the equipped but not un-equipped division; in others, they may be used in both equipped and un-equipped lifting. Weight belts, knee sleeves, wrist wraps and special footwear may also be used, but are not considered when distinguishing equipped from un-equipped lifting. Read more here >

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Since it's formation in July 2000, the Irish Strength Association have gone from strength to strength, boasting over 140 members, many of whom have competed in the highest levels of Strongest Man,Arm-wrestling and Highland games competitions. Mission: To be the strongest on the planet!

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Matthew McCoy places 4th in U23 World Championship 2017
With a tough battle through 8 grueling events over 3 days 3 times Junior Ireland Strongest Man Matthew McCoy of Co. Antirm fought off extreme competition to achieve 4th Place in the U23 World Championship in Gatineau. Gatineau, Canada – 6,000 fans packed the arena for the first day of the Ultimate Strongman U23 World
With a tough battle through 13 grueling events over 3 days Ireland’s Strongest Man Pa O’Dwyer of Co.Limerick fought off extreme competition to achieve his goal of placing on the UK Podium.  Pa was the only Irishman who managed to reach the UK final with David Loughman, Co. Dublin going out on Day 1 and
Matthew McCoy and Angelo Iannetta break records in Kilkeel
In Kilkeel as part of the 11th Night Celebrations the Irish Strength Association carried out a number of Irish and World Record attempts.  Angelo Iannetta of Co.Wexford and Matthew McCoy of Co.Antirm were the 2 competitors that were going to challenge their feats of strength.  The first record that was attempted was the UK record
David wrestles his way to the title
The Irish Strength Association would like to congratulate David Loughman of Co.Dublin for winning the Scottish Wrestling and MAS wrestling Irish Championships at Bangor town hall on 25th June 2016. These events were a part of the Irish Expo, consisting of strongman, highland games and wrestling championships.  However, we had a strong line up of
Brian McShane completes the impossible
                  The ISA would like to acknowledge the achievement of Brian McShane of Co. Dungannon.  On the 25th June Brian was attempting to be the third man in Irish History to bend the famous red nail of Ironmind.  The Ironmind Red Nail sets the standard for excellence  in short steel bending.  It

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