(A weightlifting competition in which participants compete in the squat, dead lift, and bench press.)
In America, Olympic weightlifting was declining, while bodybuilding and powerlifting were increasing in popularity. In 1964, an unofficial American Powerlifting Championships took place in York, Pennsylvania.
USA Powerlifting used the same weight classes as Olympic lifting (123, 132, 148, 165, 181, 198, HWT). In 1967 a 242 lb class was added and contested at the American 1967 Senior National Powerlifting Championships.
In the 90s America still dominated World powerlifting producing Gold medal winners every year, Kirk Karwoski, the big squatter, was unbeatable in the first half of the decade setting up the current 125kg class World record squat of 455kg in 1995. Dan Austin, Dave Ricks and Ed Coan helped keep the USA at the top.
Since ththe 1990s to now the sport has grown in popularity and in amounts of competitions. The sport is still growing at a slow rate but it allows for the expansions to uphold the iintegrity of Powerlifting.