I view my strongest competition as myself. You’re always trying to top yourself, rather than worrying about what other people are doing.
John C. Reilly
I will make up for the lack of mobility information in today’s post on Wednesday, because today we discuss the Super Total Lift-Off!!
So, what is the Super Total Lift-Off? This is Pure Health Performances first competition composed of the two Olympic lifts (Snatch and Clean and Jerk) and the three power lifts (Squat, Bench, and Dead lift). The goal of this competition is to provide a day for both those new to weightlifting and veterans to come and show their prowess in their given sport. We believe that it is not enough to just show up to the gym and workout because in this, there is no end goal. We believe that as an athlete you need a competition to come and prove (to yourself) that you are training for a reason, that you are in fact capable of more than you know, this is the reason for the Super Total Lift-Off!
That being said, here is the crucial information you will need to sign-up:
- 8 a.m- 8 p.m
- 518C SE Washington Ave. Bartlesville, OK 74003
- Event space limited to 50 people
- Registration is from November 1st- November 30th, so sign-up quick!
- $30 for Morning Session (Oly Lifting)
- $30 for Afternoon Session (Power Lifting)
- $45 for All Day (Super Total)
- $5 discount for current Box Affiliation
- $10 discount for PHP members
- Event Page
- Currently we have Google Wallet and Paypal set up for out-of-town payment.
- For Google Wallet send it to:
- Please include
- Option for competition
- Box Affiliation (if applicable)
- For Pay pal send it to:
- Please include:
- Option for Competition
- Box Affiliation (if applicable)
Our goal is to make this a very fun, friendly competition for beginners and avid lifters. This is a family friendly event and we will have food and drinks on-site for both the lifters and their guest. We also have some awesome prizes to give away from:
- Phillips 66
- Heartland Roasters
- Kill Cliff
- and more
Below are the rules and judges bio’s. Make sure to go sign-up (because space is limited) for the event and tell some friends that might be interested. We hope everyone can make it out and have a great time, and we look forward to seeing what everyone brings to the table!!
RULES FOR OLY:
For the Olympic Lifting portion of this event, even though we are not a USAW affiliated club (yet), we will follow IWF standards to judge the lifts. Rules are as follows (taken directly from IWF Website):
The barbell is placed horizontally in front of the lifter’s legs. It is gripped, palms downwards and pulled in a single movement from the platform to the full extent of both arms above the head, while either splitting or bending the legs. During this continuous movement, the barbell may slide along the thighs and the lap. No part of the body other than the feet may touch the platform 3 during the execution of the lift. The weight, which has been lifted, must be maintained in the final motionless position, arms and legs extended, the feet on the same line, until the referees give the signal to replace the barbell on the platform. The lifter may recover in his or her own time, either from a split or a squat position, and finish with the feet on the same line, parallel to the plane of the trunk and the barbell. The referees give the signal to lower the barbell as soon as the lifter becomes motionless in all parts of the body.
THE CLEAN AND JERK
The first part, the Clean: The barbell is placed horizontally in front of the lifter’s legs. It is gripped, palms downwards and pulled in a single movement from the platform to the shoulders, while either splitting or bending the legs. During this continuous movement, the barbell may slide along the thighs and the lap. The barbell must not touch the chest before the final position. It then rests on the clavicles or on the chest above the nipples or on the arms fully bent. The feet return to the same line, legs straight before performing the Jerk. The lifter may make this recovery in his or her own time and finish with the feet on the same line, parallel to the plane of the trunk and the barbell.
The second part, the Jerk: The athlete bends the legs and extends them as well as the arms to bring the barbell to the full stretch of the arms vertically extended. He or she returns the feet to the same line; arms and legs fully extended, and waits for the referees’ signal to replace the barbell on the platform. The referees give the signal to lower the barbell as soon as the lifter becomes motionless in all parts of the body. IMPORTANT REMARK: After the Clean and before the Jerk, the lifter may adjust the position of the barbell. This must not lead to confusion. It does not mean the granting of an additional jerk attempt but allowing the lifter to: a) withdraw the thumbs or “unhook” if this method is used, b) lower the barbell in order to let it rest on the shoulders if the barbell is placed too high and impedes the breathing or causes pain, c) change the width of the grip.
GENERAL RULES FOR ALL LIFTS
The technique known as “hooking” is permitted. It consists of covering the last joint of the thumb with the other fingers of the same hand at the moment of gripping the barbell.
In all lifts, the referees must count as “No lift” any unfinished attempt in which the barbell has reached the height of the knees.
After the referees signal to lower the barbell, the lifter must lower it in front of the body and not let it drop either deliberately or accidentally. The grip on the barbell may be released when it has passed the level of the waist.
A competitor, who cannot fully extend the elbow due to an anatomical deformation, must report this fact to the three referees and the Jury before the start of the competition.
When snatching or cleaning in the squat style, the lifter may help the recovery by making swinging and rocking movements of the body.
The use of grease, oil, water, talcum or any similar lubricant on the thighs is forbidden. Lifters are not permitted to have any substance on their thighs when arriving in the competition area. A lifter who uses any lubricant is ordered to remove it. During the removal the clock goes on.
The use of chalk (magnesium) on the hands, thighs, etc., is permitted.
INCORRECT MOVEMENTS AND POSITIONS FOR ALL LIFTS
- Pulling from the hang.
- Touching the platform with any part of the body other than the feet.
- Uneven or incomplete extension of the arms, at the finish of the lift.
- Pause during the extension of the arms.
- Finishing with a press-out.
- Bending and extending the elbows during the recovery.
- Leaving the platform during the execution of the lift, i.e. touching the area outside the platform with any part of the body.
- Replacing the barbell on the platform before the referees’ signal.
- Dropping the barbell after the referees’ signal.
- Failing to finish with the feet and the barbell in line and parallel to the plane of the trunk.
- Failing to replace the complete barbell on the platform, i.e. the complete barbell must first touch the platform.
INCORRECT MOVEMENTS FOR THE SNATCH
- Pause during the lifting of the barbell.
- Touching the head of the lifter with the bar.
INCORRECT MOVEMENTS FOR THE CLEAN
- Placing the bar on the chest before turning the elbows.
- Touching the thighs or the knees with the elbows or the upper arms.
INCORRECT MOVEMENTS FOR THE JERK
- Any apparent effort of jerking which is not completed. This includes lowering the body or bending the knees.
- Any deliberate oscillation of the barbell to gain advantage. The athlete and the barbell have to become motionless before starting the jerk.
WE BELIEVE THESE RULES LEAD TO THE SAFEST MOST EFFECTIVE LIFTING FOR THE SNATCH AND CLEAND AND JERK, SO THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTION TO THESE RULES!
RULES FOR POWERLIFTING:
For the Powerlifting portion of the meet, we will use IPF standards (rules taken directly from IPF Website):
1. The lifter shall face the front of the platform. The bar shall be held horizontally across the shoulders, hands and fingers gripping the bar. The hands may be positioned anywhere on the bar inside and or in contact with the inner collars.
2. After removing the bar from the racks, (the lifter may be aided in removal of the bar from the racks by the spotter / loaders) the lifter must move backwards to establish the starting position. When the lifter is motionless, erect (slight deviation is allowable) with knees locked the Chief Referee will give the signal to begin the lift. The signal shall consist of a downward movement of the arm and the audible command “Squat”. Before receiving the signal to “squat” the lifter may make any position adjustments within the rules, without penalty. For reasons of safety the lifter will be requested to “Replace” the bar, together with a backward movement of the arm, if after a period of five seconds he is not in the correct position to begin the lift. The Chief Referee will then convey the reason why the signal was not given.
3. Upon receiving the Chief Referee’s signal the lifter must bend the knees and lower the body until the top surface of the legs at the hip-joint is lower than the top of the knees. Only one decent attempt is allowed. The attempt is deemed to have commenced when the lifters knees have unlocked.
4. The lifter must recover at will to an upright position with the knees locked. Double bouncing at the bottom of the squat attempt or any downward movement is not permitted. When the lifter is motionless (in the apparent final position) the Chief Referee will give the signal to rack the bar.
5. The signal to rack the bar will consist of a backward motion of the arm and the audible command “Rack”. The lifter must then return the bar to the racks. Foot movement after the rack signal will not be cause for failure. For reasons of safety the lifter may request the aid of the spotter / loaders in returning the bar to, and replacing it in the racks. The lifter must stay with the bar during this process.
6. Not more than five and not less than two spotter / loaders shall be on the platform at any time. The Referees may decide to the number of spotter / loaders required on the platform at any time 2, 3, 4, or 5.
Causes for disqualification of a Squat:
1. Failure to observe the Chief Referee’s signals at the commencement or completion of a lift.
2. Double bouncing at the bottom of the lift, or any downward movement during the ascent.
3. Failure to assume an upright position with the knees locked at the commencement or completion of the lift.
4. Stepping backward or forward or moving the feet laterally. Rocking the feet between the ball and heel is permitted.
5. Failure to bend the knees and lower the body until the top surface of the legs at the hip-joint is lower than the top of the knees, as in the diagram.
6. Contact with the bar or the lifter by the spotter / loaders between the Chief Referee’s signals in order to make the lift easier.
7. Contact of the elbows or upper arms with the legs. Slight contact is permitted if there is no supporting that might aid the lifter.
8. Any dropping or dumping of the bar after completion of the lift.
9. Failure to comply with any of the items outlined under Rules of Performance for the squat.
1. The bench shall be placed on the platform with the head facing the front or angled up to 45 degrees.
2. The lifter must lie on his back with head, shoulders and buttocks in contact with the bench surface. The feet must be flat on the floor (as flat as the shape of the shoe will allow). His hands and fingers must grip the bar positioned in the rack stands with a thumbs around grip. This position shall be maintained throughout the lift. Foot movement is permissible but must remain flat on the platform. The hair must not hide the back of the head when lying down on the bench. The Jury or Referees may require the lifter to affix his/her hear accordingly.
3. To achieve firm footing the lifter may use flat surfaced plates, or blocks not exceeding 30 cm in total height and a minimum dimension of 60 cm x 40 cm, to build up the surface of the platform. Blocks in the range of 5 cm, 10 cm, 20 cm, and 30 cm, should be made available for foot placement at all international competitions.
4. Not more than five and not less than two spotter / loaders shall be on the platform at any time. After correctly positioning himself, the lifter may enlist the help of the spotter / loaders in removing the bar from the racks. The lift off if assisted by the spotter / loaders must be at arm’s length.
5. The spacing of the hands shall not exceed 81 cm measured between the forefingers (both forefingers must be within the 81 cm marks and the whole of the forefingers must be in contact with the 81 cm marks if maximum grip is used). The use of the reverse grip is forbidden.
6. After removing the bar from the racks, with or without the help of the spotter / loaders, the lifter shall wait with straight arms elbows locked for the Chief Referee’s signal. The signal shall be given as soon as the lifter is motionless and the bar properly positioned. For reasons of safety the lifter will be requested to “Re-place” the bar, together with a backward movement of the arm, if after a period of five seconds he is not in the correct position to begin the lift. The Chief Referee will then convey the reason why the signal was not given.
7. The signal to begin the attempt shall consist of a downward movement of the arm together with the audible command “Start”.
8. After receiving the signal, the lifter must lower the bar to the chest or abdominal area (the bar shall not touch the belt), hold it motionless, after which the Chief referee will signal the audible command “Press”. The lifter must then return the bar to straight arms length elbows locked. When held motionless in this position the audible command “Rack” shall be given together with a backward motion of the arm. If the bar is lowered to the belt or does not touch the chest or abdominal area, the Chief Referee´s command is “rack”.
Causes for Disqualification of a Bench Press:
1. Failure to observe the Chief Referee’s signals at the commencement, during or completion of the lift.
2. Any change in the elected lifting position during the lift proper i.e. any raising movement of the head, shoulders, or buttocks, from the bench, or lateral movement of hands on the bar.
3. Heaving, or sinking the bar into the chest or abdominal area after it is motionless in such a way as to make the lift easier. 4. Any downward movement of the whole of the bar in the course of being pressed out.
5. Bar is not lowered to chest or abdominal area i.e. not reaching the chest or abdominal area, or the bar is touching the belt.
6. Failure to press the bar to straight arms length elbows locked at the completion of the lift.
7. Contact with the bar or the lifter by the spotter / loaders between the Chief Referee’s signals, in order to make the lift easier.
8. Any contact of the lifter’s feet with the bench or its supports.
9. Deliberate contact between the bar and the bar rests support.
10. Failure to comply with any of the items outlined under the Rules of Performance.
1. The lifter shall face the front of the platform with the bar laid horizontally in front of the lifters feet, gripped with an optional grip in both hands and lifted until the lifter is standing erect.
2. On completion of the lift the knees shall be locked in a straight position and the shoulders back.
3. The Chief Referee’s signal shall consist of a downward movement of the arm and the audible command “Down”. The signal will not be given until the bar is held motionless and the lifter is in the apparent finished position.
4. Any rising of the bar or any deliberate attempt to do so will count as an attempt. Once the attempt has begun no downward movement is allowed until the lifter reaches the erect position with the knees locked. If the bar settles as the shoulders come back (slightly downward on completion) this should not be reason to disqualify the lift.
Causes for Disqualification of a Deadlift:
1. Any downward movement of the bar before it reaches the final position.
2. Failure to stand erect with the shoulders back.
3. Failure to lock the knees straight at the completion of the lift.
4. Supporting the bar on the thighs during the performance of the lift. If the bar edges up the thigh but is not supported this is not reason for disqualification. The lifter should benefit in all decisions of doubt made by the referee.
5. Stepping backward or forward or moving the feet laterally. Rocking the feet between the ball and heel is permitted. Foot movement after the command “Down” will not be cause for failure.
6. Lowering the bar before receiving the Chief Referee’s signal.
7. Allowing the bar to return to the platform without maintaining control with both hands, i.e.: releasing the bar from the palms of the hand.
8. Failure to comply with any of the items outlined under Rules of Performance.
WE BELIEVE THESE RULES LEAD TO THE SAFEST MOST EFFECTIVE LIFTING FOR THE SQUAT, BENCH PRESS, AND DEADLIFT, SO THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTION TO THESE RULES!
- You will be allotted 3 attempts for each lift
- You must declare your weight prior to lifting
- If you have to follow yourself, you will be given 2 minutes worth of rest
- 3 judges will watch your lift and assess it. They have the final say in whether the lift is completed or not.
- You must get 2 out of 3 white lights in order for the lift to be deemed “good”
- Failure to complete the lift in the given time will result in a “no rep”
Dr. Jeremiah Williams, A-Z (there are some letters that go after his name, but it is way to many to actually type out)
- Doctor of chiropractic
- Coach and Co-Owner of Pure Health Performance
- Knowledgeable in all things gym
- dressing as a zombie and pondering life under max weight
- Jane Fonda’s “Fit and Firm” VHS
Daniel West, CPT, USAW-Lv1
- Coach and Co-Owner of Pure Health Performance
- Known as “Trainer of the new hires”
- Being emasculated, while attempting a max rep deadlift dressed as peter pan, by the largest Filipino man known to the world flexing in his photo-op.
- The occasional curl in the squat rack with the bearing bar
Daniel Smith, USAW-Lv1
- Weightlifting Coach, Part owner of Box Force Events
- Known as: D.Smith, The Samson of Bartlesville, and M.C Smith
- Hanging motionless in the air
- Crossfit and Weightlifting
- Flipping his luscious locks before a max attempt