Costume and Personal Equipment

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All equipment must be presentable and clean with no frayed material

1.  Lifting Suit

A lifting suit of the basic design illustrated shall be worn. It must be an individual full length article of cloth fabric. Its construction may consist of multiple plies to any thickness but must, as a whole, be a singular component. The straps must be worn over the shoulders at all times while lifting in competition. Velcro straps are approved.  It may be of any color or colors. The length of the leg, when worn, must not extend beyond mid-thigh (medial point between crotch and top of knee cap). Women may wear a one-piece suit of comparable design to the lifting suit. Leotards with sleeves or high cut leg lines are not permitted.

2. Undershirt

One undershirt (of a design consistent with what is commonly called a T-shirt) with or without sleeves, must be worn under the lifting suit on the squat and bench press. It must be an individual article of cloth fabric. Its construction may consist of multiple plies but must, as a whole, be a singular component. The thickness(es) shall not be designed to increase, enlarge, or enhance the body’s natural musculature. Sleeves must be short and remain above the elbow when worn. It may be of any color or colors, but shall not portray indecency or be offensive to the spirit of the competition.

3.  Bench Shirt

One bench shirt with sleeves may be worn under the lifting suit. It must be an individual article of cloth fabric, polyester, denim or canvas. Its construction may consist of multiple plies but must, as a whole, be a singular component. Sleeves must be short and remain above the elbow when worn and must cover the armpits. Velcro or open back is permitted.  It may be of any color or colors, but shall not portray indecency or be offensive to the spirit of the competition.  A combination of undershirt and bench shirt are not permitted.

4. Briefs

A pair of briefs of any design may be worn, provided that the length of the legs does

not exceed mid thigh, and that the waist does not extend beyond approximately midtorso.

The briefs must be an individual article of cloth fabric. The construction may consist of multiple plies to any thickness but must, as a whole, be a singular component. Athletic supporters or standard underwear are permitted under the briefs.

5. Socks

One pair of socks may be worn. When worn they may not extend over the knee nor on the leg so that they touch any knee wrapping or knee cap supporter. Full length leg stockings,  tights, or hose are not permitted.  Socks, tape or plastic shin guards are required on the  deadlift.

6. Special Considerations

Women may wear additional protective briefs or panties. Women may also wear a bra  provided it contains no special support. The use of tampons, sanitary napkins, or related  articles used for feminine hygiene protection are permitted. Plastic or fabric shin guards may be worn but must not extend to a point higher than the lower border of the patella  and not lower than the superior border of the ankle joint.

7. Belt

A competitor may wear a belt. If worn, it shall be on the outside of the lifting suit.

Materials and Construction:

a)     The main body shall be made of leather in one or more laminations which may be glued and/or stitched together, or of cloth, vinyl, or nylon with no metal materials allowed in belt except as noted below.

b)    It shall not have any additional padding, bracing, or supports of any material either on the surface or concealed within the laminations of the belt.

c)     A metal buckle, studs, and stitching are the only non-leather components permitted. The buckle shall be attached at one end of the belt by means of studs and/or stitching. The belt shall not have any inflatable component on or within any of it’s surfaces.

d)    A leather, cloth, vinyl, or nylon tongue loop shall be attached close to the buckle by means of studs and/or stitching.

e)     The lifter’s name, the name of the lifter’s nation, state or club may appear on the outside of the belt.

f)     A one or two prong buckle as well as the “lever action” fastening devise may be used.

7. Dimensions:

a) Width of belt to be a maximum of 10cm.

b) Thickness of belt to be a maximum of 13mm along the main length.

8. Footwear

Footwear more substantial than basic socks must be worn. The only restrictions to such footwear is that no metal cleats or spikes are permitted.

9. Wraps

The fabric nature shall be an elastic weave primarily of polyester, cotton, or medical crepe singly or in combination.

Wraps may be used as follows:

a)     Wrists – Wraps not exceeding 1m in length and 8cm in width may be worn.  Alternatively, elasticated wrist bands not exceeding 10cm in width may be worn. A combination of the two is not permitted. If wrist bands are of the wrap-around style, they may have a thumb loop not to be attached during lift and velcro patch for securing them. A wrist wrap shall not exceed beyond 10cm above and 2-1/2cm below the center of the wrist joint, not exceeding a total of 12cm in both directions.

b)    Knees – Wraps not exceeding 2-1/2m in length and 8cm in width may be worn. Alternatively, elasticated knee supports not exceeding 20cm in length may be worn. A combination of the two is not permitted. A knee wrap shall not extend beyond 15cm above and 15cm below the centre of the joint, not exceeding a total of 30cm in both directions. Knee wraps shall not touch the socks or lifting suits.

c)     Elbows – Wraps may be worn only during the Squat and Deadlift competition but not during the Benchpress. They may cover the general elbow area but not extend to the wrist or shoulder. They may be supportive sleeves of rubberized material or elastic wrap, but must be of one single unit only, and be one metre or less in total length.

d)    Wraps – May be joined together, but the fabric may not overlap, ie they must be joined end to end only.

10. Plasters

a)    Two layers of plasters, bandaids, or tape may be worn on the thumbs, but nowhere else without official permission of the referees or appointed “WPC Contest Officials”. No plasters, bandaids, or tape may be utilized as a strap to help the lifters hold the bar.

b)      With the permission and supervision of the referees, the appointed “WPC Contest Officials”, the official doctor, or assigned paramedic, the lifter may apply spot plasters, bandages, tape or bandaids to muscle injuries on the body. Similarly strip plasters, tape, or bandaids may be applied to injuries on the inside of the hand, but in no circumstances must these applications extend around the back of the hand.

11. General

a)     The use of oil, grease or other lubricants and liquids on the body, costume or personal equipmment to aid in the execution of a lift is not permitted. This does not preclude the advanced therapeutic use of liniments, or rubs. However, such items must not be in evidence during platform attempts. Only powder may be used. Powder includes chalk, talc, resin, and magnesium carbonate. Spray stickum may be used, but only on the lifter, not on the weight equipment.

b)    Nothing may be purposely applied to the platform, bench, or bars.

c)     All articles of lifter’s costumes and personal equipment shall be clean and generally neat and presentable. At the discretion of the referee, a lifter will not continue in the competition if this provision is not met.

d)    Excessive “psyching up” techniques (ie swearing, hitting) shall be limited at the referee’s discretion.