Equipment Recommendations

Weightlifting equipment can be found here



In order to compete in a Powerlifting competition, you will need:

1) Singlet

2) Shoes

3) Deadlift socks

4) Belt (optional)

5) Knee sleeves (optional)

6) Wrist wraps (optional)

This might seem like a lot, but powerlifting doesn't have to be an expensive sport. Below we'll list the bare minimum you will have to spend on equipment for your first meet, as well as reviews of some of the equipment you might see our members sporting in the gym. The equipment should never be a barrier preventing you from competing in your first meet!

The bare minimum: £40

1) Strengthshop singlet: £35

2) Deadlift socks (just get any pair of long socks: <£5

Optional but really helps:

3) Belt: Strengthshop 10mm double prong belt: £40 

Reviews (sizes of equipment and names of reviewers have been included so you can ask them to let you try the equipment if you're interested in buying it):



SBD belt: I'd highly recommend this belt. It is at the high end of prices at £165 but you get a product that is higher quality than any other belt in the UK. It's not going to increase your squat by 10kg over a 13mm Inzer belt, but the convenience of the adjustable buckle and quality of the leather is very good. I also owned a 10mm Strength Shop lever belt which after 2 years felt like a floppy piece of cloth. The SBD belt has broken in nicely but retains rigidity. If you buy a size that you're in the middle of, it is highly unlikely you'll ever have a reason to buy a new belt again.

(Max Taberham, belt size: Medium)

Best of the best IMHO, solid build quality, excellent buckle design, stays stiff, excellent customer service. Very expensive but if you intend to be lifting for a long time then it’s well worth the investment.

(Ben Allen, belt size: Medium)

Lever makes it easy to use. Very good quality. Helped my gainzzzzz!!! (Sahil, belt size: Medium)

Inzer Lever 10mm: Durable and good value for money. However, you might have to change the notch size between squats and deadlifts which requires a screwdriver. (Christopher Park, belt size: Large)

I definitely recommend the Inzer Lever belt. It's very rigid and provides plenty of support and is not as expensive as the SBD (although I've never tried the SBD belt). However, the SBD belt has an advantage in that if you do decide to change the notch for your belt, you don't need a screwdriver. (Sean Saw, belt size: Medium)

Harbinger: I would recommend it as its flexible and easy to put on and off. (Nora, belt size: Medium)

Strengthshop: Would definitely recommend, fast shipping, reasonable price, good quality plus lifetime guarantee. UK company, if there is an issue with size, you just pay the £2.90 postage and they replace it within 3 working days. (Rupert, belt size: Small)


Adidas Adipower: Yes I would recommend these shoes. They have a 3/4 inch heel which is standard for the majority of weightlifting shoes. The shoe has plastic frame to the bottom which prevents the shoes twisting, this gives a very solid and planted feel when squatting. These are in a similar price range to the Nike Romaleos and Reebok Legacy lifters which are all very similar shoes. The three shoes have the same effective heel height of 3/4 inches, but a benefit of the Adipowers is that they have a thinner sole. This makes them better for weightlifting as the shoe creates less of a deficit to lift from. (Max Taberham, shoe size: 10)

Good stability and helps with depth for squats. Expensive though. (Christopher Park, shoe size: 10)

Would highly recommend, fantastic for squats or weightlifting. Has a 0.75" heel which increases range of motion. Also helps prevent ankles rolling in/out which is good for weightlifting. Some people say it is narrow but I've found it more than enough. They feel sturdy but light. A little expensive but more than worth the investment for people who squat a lot or weightlifters. (Alex Musker, shoe size: 5.5)

Inov8: I would recommend these shoes as they are easy to put on/ no laces/ light weight. (Nora, shoe size: 5)

Adidas havoc wrestling shoes: Thin soles, cheap, flat, comfortable, easy to colour in the side stripes. Great for deadlifts and people who squat in flats and don’t want to spend loads of money on reebok or sabo deadlift shoes . (Ben Allen, shoe size: 9)

Adidas Powerlift 2.0: Cheaper than the powerlift 3.0. Good quality. Heel is not as high as the 3.0 version. (Sahil, shoe size: 8.5)

Adidas Crazy Power: Got these 50% off when Adidas went on sale. TPU heel is very stable and the front of the shoe is quite flexible. They're great considering what I paid but if they're being sold at full price you might as well go for AdiPowers. (Sean Saw, shoe size: 9.5)


SBD: The singlet is nice, it fits well, the neck comes higher than other singlets which I like, and the material is very stretchy. But it is significantly more expensive than other singlets, and gives absolutely no performance increase. Buy this is you want to be an SBD fanboy. (Max Taberham, singlet size: XL)

Good quality, I’m an SBD fan boy, matches all my kit. (Ben Allen, singlet size: M)

Titan: Yes I'd recommend it. Strong material and gives a boost in lifts. (Christopher Park, singlet size: XL)

I'd recommend it as the material is strong and quite rough which helps to grip the bench. (Sean Saw, singlet size: L)

Strengthshop: Cheap and colourful. (Rupert Toppin, singlet size: Medium)

Knee Sleeves

SBD: Yes. Excellent knee sleeves that are as thick as the IPF rules allow. Give a good rebound at the bottom of a squat. Zero wear and tear after over 2 years of using them at least twice a week. A comparable product are the STrong knee sleeves. My friend has these for less than a year before they started fraying and breaking down around the edges. I'd highly recommend spending the extra £5 and getting the SBD sleeves. (Max Taberham, sleeves size: L)

Yes I would recommend them. They help with stability and weight. (Chris Park, sleeves size: M)

Solid build, like all SBD kit they will ALWAYS be IPF approved. (Ben Allen, sleeves size: M)

They are so tight !!! Squats shot up. (Sahil, sleeves size: M)

Very tight and they really have a great rebound at the bottom of the squat. Not a must but if you want that little boost to your squats you should consider a pair. (Sean Saw, sleeves size: XS)

Schiek: Yes I'd recommend them as they're not too stuffy. (Nora, sleeves size: S)

Wrist wraps

SBD flexible: Maximum length wrist wraps the IPF allows at 1m. Provide excellent support if you get full coverage of the wrist and part of your hand. SBD also sell stiff wrist wraps. I'd suggest flexible because with the 1m wraps you can get an exceptionally tight wrap still. My lifting wouldn't benefit from a wrap that can get any tighter. (Max, wraps length: 1m)

Solid build, stiff without being too restricting, haven’t gone soft yet. I <3 SBD

(Ben Allen, wraps length: 1m)

I found them uncomfortable at first but I've gotten used to them and don't bench heavy without them. Wouldn't say they make your bench any stronger but they definitely help prevent any wrist pain and your wrists do feel very supported. (Sean Saw, wraps length: 1m)

Oni: Cheap. Daiki uses them (Chris, wraps length: 99cm)

SBD stiff: Bench gainzz! (Sahil, wraps length: 1m)




To compete in weightlifting, you will need

- A singlet

- Weightlifting shoes


Other common equipment includes

- Knee sleeves/wraps

- A weightlifting belt (leather w/ buckle or velcro)

- Wrist Wraps

- Thumb tape


- Adidas produces some great reasonably priced singlets, and can be found on their site or older versions can be found second hand or through other retailers.

- Virus creates more expensive singlets, but they're also very good quality.

- Custom singlets can be made by @sewnstrong on instagram. 

Any IPF approved singlets can also be used, such as strength shop, SBD or Titan. 

Weightlifting Shoes

- Adidas has the cheapest options in the Powerlifts, Power Perfects, Adipowers and Leistungs. Most adidas options are quite light and different shoes have different heel heights from 0.5 - 1 inch

- Nike currently produce the Romaleos 3 XD, with a heel height with 0.75 inches

- Reebok create the Legacy Lifters, with a heel height of 1 inch. 

- There are a variety of other options, but these 3 are the most common and their websites offer a student discount. 

Knee Sleeves/Wraps

Weightlifting knee sleeves are often a bit less tight than powerlifting knee sleeves. Stretchiest options are made by Hookgrip, whilst tighter knee sleeves can be bought at Strength Shop, Eleiko, Rehband or SBD. For people who need even more support, weightlifting allows knee wraps to be worn.

Wrist Wraps

Wrist wraps for weightlifting are stretchier than those for powerlifting and many suppliers specify weightlifting wrist wraps. Options include Strength Shop and Eleiko.


Weightlifting Belt

Weightlifting belts are usually either leather or velcro and cannot have a greater height than 12mm.

Most popular velcro options include

- Harbinger

- Valeo

- 2POOD (sometimes available through wit-fitness)

Popular leather options include

- Eleiko

- Hookgrip

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