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The below details of each lift has been copied directly from our chosen federation 100% RAW Powerlifting Canada.

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The lift starts with the lifter standing erect and the bar loaded with weights resting on the lifter’s shoulders. At the referee’s “Squat” command the lift begins. The lifter bends his knees and lowers him into a squatting position with the hips slightly below parallel position. The lifter returns to an erect position. At the referees “Rack” command the bar is returned to the rack and the lift is completed.

Bench Press

With his or her back resting on the bench, the lifter takes the loaded bar at arm’s length.  Once the lifter has demonstrated full lockout to the judges (and after the lift off person has left the platform), the lifter lowers the bar to the chest. On the chest the bar must be hold motionless until the referee give the “press” signal. The lifter pushes the weight up until the arms are straight and the elbows locked. Then the referee will call “rack” and the lift is completed as the weight is returned to the rack. 


In the deadlift, the lifter grasps the loaded bar which is resting on the platform floor. The lifter pulls the weights off the floor and assumes a standing erect position. The knees must be locked and shoulders back with the weight held in the lifters’ grip. At the referees command the bar will be returned to the floor under the control of the lifter.