Does Texas A&M Powerlifting offer scholarships?

Unfortunately, Texas A&M Powerlifting does not currently offer scholarships. We are in the process of raising funds to fill an endowment that will allow us to offer scholarships to Aggie powerlifters. To learn more about the endowment, please feel free to contact us.

What is the difference between powerlifting and weightlifting?

Powerlifting competes in three lifts at a meet: squat, bench, and deadlift.
Weightlifting competes in two lifts at a meet: snatch and clean & jerk.

Which weight class would I be in?

Men
53.0 kg (116.8 lbs)
59.0 kg (130 lbs)
66.0 kg (145.5 lbs)
74.0 kg (163.1 lbs)
83.0 kg (183.0 lbs)
93.0 kg (205.0 lbs)
105.0 kg (231.5 lbs)
120.0 kg (264.6 lbs)
120.0+ kg (264.6+ lbs)
Women
43.0 kg (94.8 lbs)
47.0 kg (103.6 lbs)
52.0 kg (114.6 lbs)
57.0 kg (125.7 lbs)
63.0 kg (138.9 lbs)
72.0 kg (158.7 lbs)
84.0 kg (185.2 lbs)
84.0+ kg (185.2+ lbs)

When do we train?

Training for FALL 2019 will be:

Sundays 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Tuesdays: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursdays: 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Is training required?

Yes, three training sessions per week are required, however, if a reasonable conflict arises arrangements can be made.

Am I required to compete?

All members of Texas A&M Powerlifting are required to compete unless sustaining an injury while on the team. Unfortunately, we must enforce this rule due to limited spacing in our gym and coaching staff.

Do I have to tryout to make the team?

All non-officer members will have the opportunity to try out during the first three weeks of each semester. Placement on the team is granted on a semester by semester basis.

Do I have to lift using powerlifting equipment (gear) to be on the team?

Texas A&M Powerlifting was historically an exclusively equipped team, but now includes raw lifters. If a new member has no experience in equipped lifting (Ex: squat suits, knee wraps, bench shirts, deadlift suits, etc.), but has an interest in competing equipped then he or she will first be provided a program to improve in technique and raw strength before being introduced to equipment. This will be done under the direction of our experienced equipped lifters and coaches.

How much will it cost me to be a member?

The only cost members are required to pay are dues. These dues are around $80 per semester and cover all potential costs to lifters including entry fees, airfare, hotels, and fuel.

What if I can’t afford powerlifting equipment (gear)?

Texas A&M Powerlifting has a small collection of various powerlifting equipment that is available to members as needed. However, as a team we do receive discounts from most major powerlifting equipment suppliers that make lifting in equipment more affordable for our team members.

How does Texas A&M Powerlifting receive its funding?

Texas A&M Powerlifting raises funds yearly from judging high school powerlifting meets, hosting the USAPL Aggie Showdown, allocations from Texas A&M Sport Clubs, and generous donations from our supporters.

What GPA do I need to be on the team?

Texas A&M Sport Clubs requires that all undergraduate members must have a 2.0 GPA and graduate members have a 3.0 GPA in the preceding semester in order to compete and represent Texas A&M.

If I am BLINN team, can I still join and compete?

Yes, this only applies to BLINN team members enrolled in at least 3 hours at Texas A&M and have the required GPA.

How often does Texas A&M Powerlifting compete?

Most of our members compete twice per year. Once in the fall at a local USAPL meet in order to qualify for USAPL Collegiate Nationals in the spring.

What does a typical workout consist of?

On any given day our athletes will do two of the three main lifts (squat, bench, deadlift), or a variations of a main lift, followed by accessory work.

How does a workout last 3 hours?

Powerlifting is a maximal effort sport, and in order to ensure a certain level of recovery is achieved adequate rest time is taken between sets. For that reason, compounded with many lifters trying to work out and lifting in equipment is why our practices are scheduled for 3 hours.

Can I do the workout and leave?

No, we require that all athletes stay the duration of the entire training session in order to ensure that the workout is not rushed, and that the whole team is supporting each other throughout the entire workout.

Are there any other time commitments besides required training?

Yes, members will be required to compete one weekend in the fall and one in the spring. Other required events included judging high school powerlifting meets on the weekends in the spring and assist in hosting the USAPL Aggie Showdown, Aggie Showcase, and our first high school clinic.

How strong do I have to be to lift at USAPL Collegiate Nationals?

In order to lift at the Collegiate National Championship, you must make the qualifying total at a USAPL Sanctioned meet.
Men’s Qualifying Totals:

Women’s Qualifying Totals:

Is powerlifting a NCAA sport?

Collegiate powerlifting is not an NCAA sport. It is under USAPL, which is the de facto collegiate powerlifting body. We compete against universities across the country. Almost all of the Under-24 US National Team Lifters come from Collegiate Powerlifting. You will not find a better collegiate powerlifting experience than the one offered by the USAPL, there is a massive amount of competition, with extremely well run meets.