Empire Classic is a NPC national qualifier event held in conjunction with the Empire Classic Fit Expo every spring.

Established in 2002, The Empire Classic has been a popular attraction for the Northwest physique community for more than a decade. The event attracts bodybuilders, fitness, figure, bikini and physique competitors and fans from hundreds of miles away. In 2011, fitness horizons were broadened with the introduction of the Pro Deadlift as part of the event finale, in which five top powerlifters were brought on stage to battle for cash prizes in a massive display of strength. The new addition was a hit and stimulated new interest in the Empire Classic from the strength community. In 2013 the Empire Classic was expanded with the addition of the outdoor Fitness Expo. The expo incorporates CrossFit, Powerlifting and Strongman events to provide a venue and opportunity for people of all levels of strength and experience to participate. Our goal is “Something for everyone” whether you are a competitor or a spectator of strength sport.

Tickets available online at

Entry Form

Host Hotel

The Centennial Hotel

(509) 326-8000
303 West North River Drive,
Spokane, WA 99201

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Offering Empire Classic competitors and spectators a special rate of $139.00 per night.  All rooms include microwave and refrigerator.  If booking by phone, call the Centennial at 636-736-4071 and mention the group code "EMPI0411"

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Important Note:  Competitors should bring their own linens and blankets if staying at ANY hotel for this event.  Please be respectful of hotel linens and furniture.  You will be billed for any damages caused by tanning agents.  We recommend purchasing the “Cocoon Cotton Travel Sheet” which you can sleep in to prevent damage to bedding.

Event Venue

Spokane Convention Center
(Hall 111, next to the INB Performing Arts Center)
334 West Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201
Website: www.spokanecenter.com

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Schedule of Events

Friday, April 12th
6:00-7:00 pm: Check-in for all competitors at Spokane Convention Center
7:00 pm:  Competitor meeting at Spokane Convention Center

Saturday, April 13th
SESSION 1 – Figure, Men’s Physique, Classic Men’s Physique
8:30 am: Judging round
11:30 am (approx): Finals for Session 1 classes

SESSION 2 – Bikini, Bodybuilding, Fitness, Women’s Physique
4:00 pm: Judging round
7:00 pm: (approx) Finals for Session 2 classes

Download the order of events PDF

The 2019 Empire Classic Strongman Challenge is hosted by 360 Fitness North Idaho.   Announcer for this event will be 4 time World’s Strongest Man Magnus Ver Magnusson!

EARLY WEIGH INS:  April 12th, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm   Spokane Convention Center or at 360 Fitness North Idaho in Coeur d’Alene from 4:00pm-6:30pm.

MAGNUS VER MAGNUSSON SEMINAR: April 12th, 4:00 pm – 6:00pm at 360 FITNESS NORTH IDAHO, 208 E. Coeur d’Alene Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho ~ $25.00 for competitors;  $35 for non-competitors (register below).

Events for this year’s challenge will be:

  • 18” Deadlift
  • Axle Clean & Press
  • Yoke Carry
  • Keg Load
  • Power Stairs

For contest weights and rules click here!

Entry fee is $85 and deadline is April 5th.  Late entries are $100.

For questions, please contact meet director Darla Kuhman at 360fitnessnorthidaho@gmail.com or call 208-930-1972.


USA Powerlifting Empire Classic Hosted by Danna Snow & Spokane Powerlifting Click here for event details and entry forms – Limited to 120 lifters!   Click Here for Facebook Event Page

Powerlifting comprises three lifts: the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. Powerlifting competitions may be comprised of one, two or all three of the lifting disciplines. Athletes are categorized by sex, age and bodyweight. Each competitor is allowed three attempts at each lift, the best lift in each discipline being added to their total. The lifter with the highest total is the winner. In cases where two or more lifters achieve the same total, the person with the lightest bodyweight wins. The USAPL Spring Power Challenge is a Push/Pull event and will include Bench & Deadlift, Bench Only and Deadlift Only events.

We are excited to offer the following National Physique Committee Divisions: Bodybuilding, Men’s Classic Physique, Figure, Physique, Bikini and Fitness!  

Photography & Media

  • No video equipment will be allowed in the auditorium
  • No professional photography is allowed.
  • No soliciting of photo or video services is allowed on the premises.
  • No camera bags, tripods and other equipment is allowed in the auditorium. No cameras with detachable lenses
  • Spectators who have purchased a ticket are allowed access to the event with one (1) camera only. Camera must be a “Point and Shoot” camera (no detachable lens)
Mark Mason

Mark Mason


Famed Physique Photographer Mark Mason will be the Official on-stage Contest Photographer and Videographer. Contact Mark directly for further information or to schedule a gym or studio shoot with the following links:

Carl Richardson

Carl Richardson


Carl Richardson will be shooting back stage and paparazzi photos as well as scheduled gym photo shoots.  All of the back-drop Facebook photos for our events are courtesy of Carl.  

To arrange a shoot, contact him by email.

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