Frequently Asked Questions

Who started Lifting League (formerly the lifting ladder)?

The three people who have started the lifting ladder are:

Rob Anderson
Rob is a weightlifter and coach at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. St Mary’s is a top sports university and home to an EIS High Performance Centre. Rob also runs, an online store providing weightlifting and strength training equipment and apparel.

Giles Greenwood
Giles is a former GB international weightlifter who is now the coach at Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club (BGWLC). BGWLC has a long history, it’s the oldest weightlifting club in Britain and has been producing weightlifters in London’s East End since 1926. Giles also runs his own business providing weightlifting instructor training to personal trainers and S&C coaches.

Marius Hardiman
Marius is also a former GB international weightlifter who is now the coach at Oxford Powersports (OXP). OXP is a direct continuation of the famous Morris Motors Weightlifting Club which has produced many outstanding weightlifters, including Marius himself, for the past 48 years.

Rob, Giles and Marius form the committee that runs the website

How did the league get started?
Rob, Giles and Marius were in touch with each other arranging friendly matches between their clubs to keep their lifters active in the long gap between regional championships. They decided to turn these friendly’s into a small league with the intention of awarding a trophy to the winner of the tri-club tournament. The matches were a great success and some of the most enjoyable lifting they’d experienced so it was decided that other clubs would be contacted with a view to expanding the competition. This was the start of the lifting ladder which was to become Lifting League.


How does a match work?
Each team is made up of four lifters. these can be all male, all female or a mixture of male and female lifters.

In the match each coach/team captain ranks their lifters in order of ability and the top lifter from each team are paired together as are the next best etc. These pairs lift against each other in individual matches, a point goes to the winner and the team with the most points at the end of the match wins. The individual matches are decided on a pound-for-pound basis. This means if lifter A weighs 10kg more than lifter B they have to snatch 10kg more and clean & jerk 10kg more to tie the match. In the event of a tied match the lighter lifter wins so in fact lifter A will have to total >20kg more than lifter B to take the point. If one of the lifters is female her total is multiplied by 1.3 (gender allowance) before any bodyweight allowances are added. This means that men can compete directly against women in the lifting league. This gender allowance should be taken into account when ranking your lifters in order of ability.

Do I have to join the national governing body for weightlifting, BWL?
No, you don’t. We want to be as inclusive as possible and are aware that many people are taking their lifting seriously without wanting enter regional/national weightlifting competitions. We hope that competing in the league will be a friendly introduction to competitive weightlifting and that it leads to increased participation in BWL competitions but BWL membership isn’t a requirement of the lifting ladder. BWL membership does, however, provide personal injury insurance cover for those taking part in weightlifting in a BWL affiliated club so may be worth looking into if you’re competing in the ladder. Details of this insurance can be found at for-sports/british-weight-lifting

How do I register a team?
You can get in touch via the Lifting League facebook page for your region to find details of how to register your club. All the URLs are on the home page of this site.  Registration will be via an eventbrite page.