Powerlifting is generally recognized in kilograms rather than pounds. However, both are provided below. At the time of weigh-in, each lifter must weigh in at, or below, a particular weight class. Failing to weigh-in at the required weight will force the lifter to lift at the higher weight class.
As of 2011, the International Powerlifting Federation introduced new weight classes. Both current and previous weight classes are listed below.
Current Weight Classes
Men: up to 53 kg , 59 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg, 83 kg, 93 kg, 105 kg, 120 kg, 120 kg and up
Women: up to 43 kg 47 kg, 52 kg, 57 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg, 84 kg, 84 kg and up
Men: up to 116.8lb, 130lb, 145.5lb, 163lb, 182.98lb, 205lb, 231.48lb, 264.5lb, 264.5lb and up
Women: up to 94.79lb, 103.6lb, 114.6lb, 125.66lb, 138.89lb, 158.73lb, 185.18lb, 185.18lb and up
Weight Classes Pre-2011
Men: 52 kg, 56 kg, 60 kg, 67.5 kg, 75 kg, 82.5 kg, 90 kg, 100 kg, 110 kg, 125 kg, 125 kg and up
Women: 44 kg, 48 kg, 52 kg, 56 kg, 60 kg, 67.5 kg, 75 kg, 82.5 kg, 90 kg, 90 kg and up
Men: 114.5lb, 123.5lb, 132.25lb, 148.75lb, 165.25lb, 181.75lb, 198.25lb, 220.25lb, 242.5lb, 275.5lb, 308.75lb, 308.75lb and up
Women: 97lb, 105.7lb, 114.5lb, 123.5lb, 132.5lb, 148.75lb, 165.25lb, 181.75lb, 198.25lb