TSA 2nd Annual Online Meet

TSA 2nd Annual Online Meet


lifting, charity, prizes. feels good. 

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The Strength Athlete is hosting an online powerlifting competition with strict judging standards, designed to provide a competitive experience for more lifters, and for those who may not have a competition close to them, at a fraction of the cost of actual competitions. Lifts will be scored within weight classes and judged to USAPL/IPF standards of execution. This is a chance to prepare for a mock meet in more rigid fashion, get your feet wet in competition, or simply have a good time and lift with your friends. 


50% of proceeds go directly to Muscular Dystrophy Camp Week. Please make sure to enter your details so we can score you properly to win prizes from US Iron Club, Slingshot, Barbell Brigade, Citadel Nutrition, and more to come! 


This is your chance to get your feet wet in a competitive environment! Perhaps you can use this as a dry run before an actual powerlifting meet, align it with your own training schedule, or simply compete for a chance to win some prizes. In any case, I think this will bring together a large number of lifters who enjoy powerlifting and who reach out to each other over various social media outlets. Plus, we've chosen to give 50% of all proceeds directly to the Muscular Dystrophy Camp Weekend. This is a lighthearted competition, but we will take judging seriously. Enjoy! 

  1. All lifting must be done on JULY 2ND, 2016
  2. All video footage must be uploaded on YouTube by 12am on JULY 3RD, 2016.
  3. Lifters are required to wear either a singlet or skin-tight, non-supportive garment (not a single ply suit, resources below). Compression or legging/tights are acceptable as long as they are non-supportive. 
  4. This is a raw competition, and the lifters are allowed:
    1. Neoprene knee sleeves (no knee wraps). 
    2. Elevated heel shoes (weightlifting shoes) or flat-soled shoes.
    3. Lifting belt up to 13mm in thickness (IPF standards)
    1. Film yourself weighing in on a scale the day of the meet to confirm the weight class entered.
    2. Upload footage in a single, compiled YouTube video, with privacy settings as either public or unlisted. 
      1. TITLE: TSA Online Meet: [NAME] [AGE CLASS] [WEIGHT CLASS] (ex: "TSA Online Meet: John Johnson Open 93kg")
    3. Email the video link to info@thestrengthathlete.comSubject: [NAME] [AGE CLASS] [WEIGHT CLASS] 



  1. Lifter will walk the bar out and pause to show control.
  2. Lifter will then squat the bar. Proper depth is achieved when the crease of the hip joint is below the top of the knee when viewed from the side.
  3. Lifter will hold the bar at the top of the lift to show control
  4. Lifter will walk the bar back into the rack. 
  5. Use of a monolift, power rack, or regular squat stand are all acceptable.
  6. Lifters may submit ONE attempt (their heaviest completed attempt to depth)

causes for a no-lift:

  • did not achieve proper depth
  • downward motion of the bar during the attempt
  • lifter did not finish the lift and demonstrate control before re-racking the weight


  1. Lifter must keep the head, shoulders, and buttocks in contact with the bench through the entire attempt
  2. Lifter must keep the full foot in contact with the floor through the entire attempt
  3. Lifter will unrack the bar (you may use a spotter to help)
  4. Lifter will pause before initiating the lift to demonstrate control.
  5. Lifter will lower the bar to the chest and demonstrate a pause before pressing the bar fully back to locked elbows. 
  6. Lifter will pause at the locked position to demonstrate control before re-racking the bar.
  7. Lifters may submit ONE attempt (their heaviest completed attempt)

causes for a no-lift:

  • Lifter performed a "touch and go" bench press, i.e. no pause was seen
  • downward motion of the bar during the attempt
  • lifter's butt left the bench, or full foot shifted once the bar began descent and before the lift was moved to completion
  • lifter did not finish the lift and demonstrate control before re-racking the weight


  1. Lifter must lift the bar from the ground in a single continuous motion and stop at the top to demonstrate control before lowering the bar back to the ground. 
  2. Lifters may submit ONE attempt (their heaviest completed attempt)

causes for a no-lift:

  • Lifter hitched, i.e. using the thighs to ratchet the barbell upwards toward completion of the lift 
  • Lifter did not fully lock out the bar (hips and knees must be fully extended, shoulders must be back)