Did I mention that I passed my IPF divisional referee exam? I don’t think I mentioned it. But yes, I passed, and I’m now a probationary referee. At some point in the next 12 months I have to adjudicate at a national competition (English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British) to complete my probation. I’m going to try to get in as a referee at the English in 2015, as I want to compete at the British.
I’m feeling a bit disappointed with the GBPF at the moment, though, due to the IPF changing the equipment rules for 2015, meaning that the permitted equipment list for IPF-sanctioned powerlifting will get even narrower than it already is. I am totally against this, I think it’s shortsighted and will put people off from competing (especially newbies). Unfortunately it all seems money-motivated. A manufacturer pays the IPF a fee to get on the approved list; other manufacturers who can’t afford the fee (or don’t care) no longer get a look-in.
Personally I will have to replace my Adidas singlet & much-loved Pullum belt. I can afford to do this – but many can’t.
A fair few people in the GBPF Facebook group have said they’ll consider quitting the GBPF for the BDFPA over this; personally I won’t, as I’ve just qualified as a referee and my club is affiliated to the GBPF. I don’t blame people for wanting to quit, though – belts are expensive, you get attached to them and having to stop using your belt because the manufacturer hasn’t paid the IPF’s equipment registration fee is, well, daft.
If you have a moment, this petition is to stop the IPF from bringing in these tighter regulations, and I’d appreciate your signature.
Monday – bench
- Bench press: worked up to 40kg x 8; 42.5kg x 6; 47.5kg x 2 x 2; 50kg for 2 singles and one very scrappy rep at 52.5kg
- Dumbbell floor press: 15kg, 3 sets of 8
- JM press: 35kg, 3 sets of 7
- Seated barbell shoulder press: 25kg, 3 sets of 5
- V-situps, leg raises: 3 sets of 10 each, supersets