Equipment and Specifications

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1. Platform

All lifts shall be carried out on a platform not less than 2.46m x 2.46m (8ft x 8ft) and secure enough to insure the safety of the lifter, spotters, and loaders. The surface of the platform must be firm, nonslip, and level with no discernible seams in the vicinity of the general lifting area. Rubber mats or similar sheeting materials are permitted. No one is allowed on the platform during lifting sessions except the lifter, the designated spotters, the three referees on duty, and other meet officials as designated if the need arises. Any cleaning, mopping, brushing, or adjusting of the platform, or equipment will be handled solely by these personnel.  In addition to the lifting platform a winners platform is mandatory for all World Championships.


2. Bars and Discs

For all powerlifting competitions under the rules of the WPC, only disc barbells are permitted. Only bars and discs that meet all specifications may be used throughout the entire competition and for all lifts. The use of bars or discs that do not conform to specifications will invalidate any records that may have been accomplished. Different bars suited to particular lifts may be utilized providing that they conform to the specifications.

Specifications are as follows:

a.            The bar shall be straight, well knurled, and grooved and shall conform to the following dimensions:

i)             Total over all length not to exceed 2.4m, except for specialized squat bar and            deadlift bar.

ii)            Distance between the inside collar is not to exceed 1.32m or be less than 1.31m except for specialized squat bar.

iii)           Diameter of the bar is not to exceed 29mm or be less than 28mm, except for specialized squat bar.

iv)           Weight of the bar and collars is to be 25kg.

v)            Diameter of the sleeve 49.5 – 52mm.

vi)           There shall be a circumferential machine marking or the bar shall be taped so as to measure 81cm between machining or tape.

vii)          Specialized squat bar shall have a maximum diameter of 32mm; a maximum sleeve length of 508mm; distance between inside collar faces not to exceed 1434mm; a maximum overall length of 2400mm. Weight 30kg includes collars.

viii)   A 15kg bar is acceptable in the raw division for women and lighter weight classes.

b.            Discs shall conform as follows:

i)             All discs used in competition must weigh within .25% of their correct face value.

ii)            The hole size in the middle of the disc shall be such that the disc fits on the bar without excessive play.

iii)           Discs must be of the following range 1.25kg, 2.5kg, 5kg, 10kg, 15kg, 20kg, 45kg and 50kg. For record setting purposes discs of 0.5kg and 0.25kg shall also be available.

iv)           For world record purposes, even lighter discs may be used to achieve a weight of at least 500 grams more than the existing record.

v)            All discs must be clearly marked with their weight and loaded in the sequence of heavier discs innermost with the small discs in descending weight.

vi)           The first and heaviest discs loaded on the bar must be loaded face in; with the rest of the discs loaded face out as weight is loaded.

vii)                 The diameter of the largest disc shall be no more than 45cm.

viii)                 It is suggested that discs conform to the following color coding: 10kg and below – any color; 15kg – yellow; 20kg – blue; 25kg – red; 45kg – gold; 50kg- green.

c. Collars

i)                    Shall always be used in competition.

ii)                   Must weigh 2.5kg each unless specialized squat bar is used. Collars made specifically for specialized squat bar are to be used with that specific bar.

d. Misc.

Should blood appear on the bar, or open wounds on lifter, it must be rectified immediately, use 1 part bleach and 1 part water to clean bar.

3.    Squat Racks

a) Squat racks shall be of a sturdy construction and provide maximum stability.
The base shall be of such design that it does not impede the lifter or the loaders/spotters. An adjustable rack with a hydraulic mechanism or a non conventional squat rack must be used. It must consist of a one piece designed to hold the bar in a horizontal position.

b) The design of the squat rack shall allow adjustments that accommodate all lifters.

c) Height adjustments should be at incremental stages not exceeding 5cm.

d) For extra safety all hydraulic racks should be capable of being secured at the required height by means of pins.


4. Bench

The bench shall be of sturdy construction for maximum stability and conform to the following dimensions:

a) Length – not less than 1.22mm and shall be flat and level.

b) Width – 29-32cm

c) Height – 42-45cm measured from the floor to the top of the padded surface

of the bench without being depressed or compacted.

d) The height of the uprights on adjustable benches should be from a minimum of 82cm to a maximum of 100cm measured from the floor to the bar rest position. On nonadjustable benches the height of the uprights must be between 87cm and 100cm from the floor to the bar rest position.

e) The minimum width between the insides of the bar rests shall be 1.10m.

f) Adjustable safety racks are approved.


5. Lights

A system of lights shall be provided whereby the referees make known their decisions. Each referee will control a white and a red light, representing a “good lift” or “no lift” respectively. The lights must be wired in such a way that they light up together and not separately when activated by the three referees. It is preferable that the lights be arranged horizontally corresponding with the positions of the three referees. For emergency purposes, i.e. a breakdown in the electrical system, the referees should also be provided with small white and red flags with which to make known their decisions, or using thumbs up or down.