The establishment of the IPF in 1973 spurred the establishment of the EPF (European Powerlifting Federation) in 1974. Since it was closely associated with bodybuilding and women had been competing as bodybuilders for years, the new sport was opened to them very quickly. The first U. S. national championships for women were held in 1978 and the IPF added women's competition in 1979. In the USA, the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 required that each Olympic or potential Olympic sport must have its own national governing body by November 1980. As a result, the AAU lost control of virtually every amateur sport. The . was founded in 1980 as the new national governing body for American powerlifting.
I must also add that I am not saying to never do steady state cardio, as I feel there are plenty of benefits to it. Most of us are extremely busy and aren’t able to get to the gym six days a week, so this is a great way to do conditioning with little time. On off days from the gym, a simple walk can do wonders for your health and recovery between workouts. Like Jim Wendler has said many times, we all need strength training, flexibility/mobility, and some kind of conditioning. Your sport will determine how much of each you need. As a powerlifter you need maximal strength, but many forget the benefits of conditioning. Just don’t be that powerlifter that can deadlift a house but can barely walk up a flight of stairs.