Powerlifters and bodybuilders — athletes across strength sports, really — have been struggling with the lack of competition and in person camaraderie during the Coronavirus pandemic. That loss has been tough on many folks’ mental health. As strength athletes, we plan our goals and dreams around the cycles of increased joy, excitement, and community that come with meets.
But during any old year — not just the dystopia that has been 2020 — trans and nonbinary powerlifters and bodybuilders usually have no competitions to look forward to. The International Association of Trans Bodybuilders and Powerlifters (IATBP) is trying to change that.