RPS Powerlifting; Achieving Greatness on The Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate
While RPS Powerlifting might not necessarily be a household name, the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate is certainly familiar among the global powerlifting community. The syndicate continues to expand, uniting strength sport enthusiasts in training and competition and maintaining a reputation of integrity and qualified regulation of the extreme sport.
A Brief History of Powerlifting
While various forms of strength training can be traced nearly to the origins of humanity, it was in the early 1950’s that weightlifting began being officially recognized as a competitive sport, primarily in the United States and United Kingdom. In these early stages, “odd lifts” were performed and evaluated for competition. By the early 1960’s, however, this strength sport had streamlined into the three primary lifts that we know today; the squat, the bench press, and the deadlift.
Competitive powerlifting has come a long way since establishing its mid-century roots, and numerous powerlifting organizations exist to promote and coordinate training and competition in this extreme strength sport. RPS Powerlifting is one such organization that’s making its mark in competitive lifting, with syndicates expanding ever-further around the globe.
RPS Powerlifting Arrives on the Scene
RPS Powerlifting was founded in 2011 by record-setting powerlifter, Gene Rychlak, Jr., with a mission of evolving the sport through a unified effort driven by the lifters, themselves. The syndicate maintains a strict code of conduct to ensure safety, fairness and respect of all competitions and competitors, as well as a dedication to providing optimum conditions for training and competition.
A Bit about RPS Powerlifting’s Founder
In the fall of 2003, RPS Powerlifting’s founder, Gene Rychlak, Jr. secured a position of high esteem in the powerlifting world, becoming the first person in history to bench press 900 pounds. Not a man to rest on his laurels, Rychlak continued to train and compete, and proceeded to break his own powerlifting record in the spring of 2004 with a lift of 925 pounds, and then again that same fall with a lift of 1,005 pounds. In December of 2006, Gene Rychlak, Jr. successfully bench pressed 1,010 pounds in a New York powerlifting competition, thereby securing the moniker Powerlifting’s Strongest Man in the Bench Press, as well as earning the record-breaking (including his own) powerlifter induction into the York Barbell Hall of Fame.
RPS Powerlifting Rules and Provisions
RPS Powerlifting’s mission statement places much emphasis on a fair, safe, and respectful environment for powerlifters of all ranks. The syndicate’s code of conduct expressly forbids violence of any form, to human or animal, and enforces consequences in response to such acts. RPS Powerlifting engages in six clearly specified training and competition categories. At present, those categories are as follows:
Crossfit (Newbie): The Crossfit category is a new addition, and designed to provide a friendly point of entrance into the world of powerlifting for Crossfit athletes. New powerlifters may compete at an amateur level up to three times while participating in this introductory category. Amateur: This is RPS Powerlifting’s base level competitive status. Pro: Pro status is reached when a powerlifter meets certain qualification criteria.Elite Qualification: Elite qualification is met when a powerlifter in any category voluntarily elects to have a urinalysis performed, thereby eliminating any suspicion of an athlete use of performance enhancing substances.Additional Powerlifting Groups: RPS Powerlifting honors special service and encourages camaraderie with special powerlifting categories for police, fire and armed forces.
These powerlifting categories are then further divided in men and women, by weight class, and by lifting style i.e. raw classic or modern. Competition style categories provide enforcement of rules with regard to lifting equipment and attire.
It is important to note that powerlifters are responsible for providing their own insurance to cover any personal injury or liability issues, whether training, coaching, or competing.
Powerlifting is not for the faint of heart, mind or body. But that’s just the point of the extreme strength sport – to build a stronger, more resilient, more determined, never-give-up body, mind and attitude. With the entry level Crossfit category, RPS Powerlifting has made the sport more accessible to first-timers, encouraging growth of the powerlifting community worldwide.
Powerlifting is more than just showing off your strength at competition; it’s about being your very best self and improving your performance and resolve in every possible area. It’s your life – lift it!
David Sharpe is a former bodybuilding contest promoter and the owner and founder of Davi’s Fitness Facility in Australia where every great bodybuilder from Australia visited his gym.