The Deadlift

How to perform the Deadlift - the rules and judging BPU/ABPU.

  1. The bar must be laid horizontally in front of the lifter’s feet, gripped with an optional grip in both hands, and lifted until the lifter is standing erect. The bar may stop but there must be no downward motion of the bar.
  2. The lifter shall face the front of the platform.
  3. On completion of the lift, the knees shall be locked in a straight position and the lifter shall be standing erect (this means the shoulders are in a finished position in a natural alignment - meaning not forward/not hunched and essentially back).
  4. The head referee’s signal shall consist of a downward movement of the arm and audible command “Down”. The signal will not be given until the bar is held motionless and the lifter is in an apparent finished position.If you do not get a "down" command then you have not completed the lift to an erect position.
  5. Any raising of the bar or any deliberate attempt to do so will count as an attempt.
  6. The bar must not be supported by the thighs or used as a counterbalance at any point during the execution of the lift.

Deadlift

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