September 24, 2017 JP Cauchi in Competition Analysis

The 2017 USAPL Raw Nationals is fast approaching and for the second consecutive year, the USAPL have structured their competition into Prime Time events.

The best-of-the-best competitors have been funnelled into a single group per weight class, designed to showcase the highest quality competition and lifting during sessions designated as “Prime Time”.

With over 1100 competitors set to take to the platform in Orlando from October 10th to 15th in the strongest powerlifting nation of the world, you can be sure that the competition will be fierce and the lifting phenomenal.

Let’s take a peek into each male weight category from 59kg to 120kg+ and my picks on who you can expect to win and what to keep an eye out for.

59kg - Matthew Arremony


With the absence of USAPL representative and 2016 Champion Bill Tenerelli, only two men take to the platform in the Open 59kg Category during the Prime Time session – Andres Ramos and Matthew Arremony. Arremony’s training has looked very solid recently and I would find it hard to see the young Ramos get over Arremony. Ramos will need a 550kg to be within striking range and will need to hope that Arremony misses some crucial lifts - not a strategy I would put much faith in. Arremony to win this one comfortably.

66kg - Keith McHoney