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Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. Powerlifting has a very friendly and welcoming community and can be practiced in any gym around the world as long as there is a barbell, rack and bench! 

At UoE Powerlifting Club we encourage all members, no matter their strength, to get stuck in with training and encourage all to compete when they feel confident enough. 


The University of Exeter Powerlifting Club follows the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF). Their website is where the rules can also be found.

As well as IPF the two main approved equipment brands: SBD and A7 - which as a member you can get exclusive offers!

As our club is based in Exeter in the South West, most of our members train in the University Gym and compete in the South West Division.


In order to compete, a British Powerlifting Membership is required which can be bought on their website.



Members gain access to the club's tailor-made programme which gets updated regularly. It allows you to walk into the gym knowing what you need to do. You can use this programme alongside other members and create your own support group and train together. 

The club BUCS captains are your first point of call for any questions regarding programming or any exercise. 

Members have access to two group sessions per week in the Athletic Development Centre on Streatham campus. This encourages members to train together and gives members their own space.

In this time, members also have access to our in-person club coach to ask any questions or get any help they need!



Members have access to an Eleiko Combo Rack, IPF standard power bars and calibrated plates, IPF standard benches, along with other powerlifting-specific equipment. We encourage members to join the University of Exeter gym to access this equipment and the other great facilities they provide. 

Once you start competing, travel to and from the competition is provided as well as a handler (someone who helps you on competition day). Not only this, but there are always members who support and cheer for you on the day!

If you're not quite ready to compete, we hold in-house mock meets where you only need to bring yourself and your strength to try it out before you step onto a real platform. 



Below are quotes from new and long-standing members - if you weren't already impressed by what we can offer...


Freja Bedell

New member of 2022

"Possibly the most welcoming, inclusive and supportive club in the University of Exeter. Where I've also made some of my closest friends and met some lovely, lovely people"

Jana Sivananda

New member of 2022

"I've enjoyed joining the Powerlifting Club at Exeter. My favourite parts of being a member are how there is always another member in the gym to spot or just have a chat with. I also loved how we cheered each other on at BUCS."

Samantha Hammond

President for 2023-2024

"When I joined powerlifting in my first year, I was not expecting how much of a positive impact it has had on my life. The people you meet along the way and the progress you can make all adds to the experience. It was a pleasure to be Women's Captain and President during my time in the club, and I hope I have left a long-lasting positive impact."


Men's and Women's records sorted by squat, bench, deadlift and total within separate weight classes. To break a record, members must be current students at the University and break the record in a sanctioned IPF meet.


From their date of graduation, members are no longer eligible to break our records.

Club Records



Reading this section is a great first step. 

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If you are on the Exeter University Campus, call estate Patrol on 01392 722222.

All staff are trained in mental health support.

If you feel as though you can wait to speak to someone, you can call 01392 724381 for an appointment with a University Practitioner or you can contact the Our Welfare Secretary via Instagram

Try to speak to someone you are comfortable with in the meantime. 


SAMARITANS - 116 123 or 01392 411711 for local office

EXETER STUTENT NIGHTLINE -  Phone number on back of student card or use the button below

CARE FIRST - 0800 174319 for Staff and Postgraduates

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