2020 Barbell Classic (individual)
Saturday January 4th, 2020

***Registration Opens Tuesday September 10th at 8am***


Event Details:


Snatch – 5 minutes on the floor

Clean and Jerk – 5 minutes on the floor

Back Squat – 4 minutes on the floor

Bench press  – 4 minutes on the floor

Dead Lift – 4 minutes on the floor


Athletes: Each athlete will be permitted to bring one person onto the lifting floor with them while they attempt their lifts.  This person will help the athlete load the bar with weights, may encourage the athlete, may aid in racking or re-racking a loaded bar, and may provide a spot if needed (any lift completed with the aid of a spotter will NOT count as a successful lift).  This person who comes out on the floor with you may be another competitor in the event who is lifting in another heat, or they can be someone who is not participating in the event.  This person may not interfere with anyone else who is on the lifting floor.  Weight is allowed to be on the bar prior to “3,2,1, lift” (i.e. bars don’t need to be empty)


ONLY Acceptable equipment: Chalk, Lifting shoes, Compression Socks, Knee Wraps or sleeves, weight belts, elbow wraps or sleeves, wrist wraps.  Lifting straps that aid in gripping the bar are NOT permitted.  Squat suits, bench shirts, etc are NOT permitted.  


IF you wish to bring your own barbell this IS ALLOWED. You are 100% responsible for your personal barbell. That includes getting it on and off the floor in a safe manner prior to and after your heat. Bars MUST be straight (no trap bars or cambered bars), but speciality OLY or Powerlifting barbells are allowed.  


Judges and Movement Standards: Judges will be provided to you.  Movement standards will be as follows (***This is NOT a Traditional OLY or Power Lifting Meet, some standards are different***):


Clean and Jerk – The bar starts on the ground and ends up in the front rack position on the athlete.  The bar is then jerked overhead and the athlete finishes the lift completely stood up with the bar locked out overhead.  Acceptable variations will be lifting the bar from the ground, but then starting the lift from the hang position.  Any method of getting the bar overhead is acceptable (strict press, push press, push jerk, split jerk).  Any variation of clean is acceptable (split clean, muscle clean, power clean, squat clean).  Both feet must finish together underneath the athlete and control of the bar must be visible to the judge.  


Snatch – The bar starts on the ground and ends up held over the athlete's head with the athlete fully standing up.  The bar cannot come in contact with the athlete’s chest, shoulders, head, or neck during the lift.  The bar cannot be caught any lower than the top of the athletes head.  If the athlete falls to a knee, or both knees, or their butt, they can still try to save the lift by standing it up from there.  As long as the bar starts on the ground, stopping at the hang position and then completing the lift from there is acceptable.  Acceptable variations will be muscle snatch, power snatch, squat snatch, split snatch.  


Back Squat – The bar starts in the rack.  Athlete takes the bar from the rack and starts it an upright standing position.  Lowers until hip crease is below their knee (below parallel) and then stands back up to upright with hips open.   Stations will NOT have safety squat arms.  Please know how to fail safely on a squat.  If you don’t know what I am talking about watch this VIDEO


Deadlift – The bar starts on the ground and is lifted by the athlete until shoulders are behind the bar and hips are open with athlete standing upright (knees, hips, and shoulders are in line).  BOTH Sumo and Conventional style lifts are permitted for this competition.


Bench press – The bar starts in the rack.  The athlete (he can use the spotter for a lift off the rack) takes the bar from the rack and starts with arms fully outstretched.  Bar is lowered and must come in contact with the chest and then is pressed back to arms being full outstretched.   Arching of the back is permitted.  Once the arms return to a locked out position, the spotter may help guide the bar back into the rack.  Here is a VIDEO that displays these standards, NOTE: we will NOT be judging this lift based on your butt/hips this year.  We do not have trained powerlifting judges, and enforcing this standard correctly and evenly is not a possibility.  Again, we will NOT be judging based on your butt/hips.  If they lift off the bench, that will still be considered an acceptable lift.  


Warm-up Area:  We will have a large warm up area that can be used prior to you taking the floor.  The warm up area will have plenty of bars and weights (approx 15 bars and almost 2500#’s of plates and bumpers).  The warm up area will be limited to four areas to squat from a rack.  During the bench event, there will only be 2 extra benches in the warm up area.  If any athlete wishes to bring their own bench to the warm up area, you may.    All areas and equipment MUST be shared.  


SCORING:  The scoring for this event will be different than what is traditionally used for OLY/Powerlifting Meets.  Usually you have weight classes and break everyone up into their own small groups.  Since we aren’t bound to be traditional, we have come up with a method to level the field for everyone involved.  


Each lift will be scored relative to the athlete's own body weight by way of the Sinclair Coefficient (Oly Lifts) and the Wilk’s Coefficient (Power lifts).  These coefficients sole purpose is to normalize a Total (either Oly or Power Lifting) across the range of lifters body weights.   The overall winner will be determined by their WILKS + their SINCLAIR combined TOTAL.  We will get to see who the best pound for pound power and oly lifters are, but the winners of this meet will be determined by that COMBINED TOTAL of all 5 lifts (WILKS + SINCLAIR)


For more on SINCLAIR

For more on WILK's


The way this will work is EVERYONE will weigh in at the beginning of the day.  Everyone will be weighing in on the same scale (and we do have an identical backup).  Athletes are allowed to strip down to undergarments, but we will not allow naked weigh-ins.  Athletes will only get one single weigh-in (i.e. you don’t get to weigh in, then go to the bathroom, then take your clothes off, then stand on your head for 5 min, then weigh in again to see if you weigh less).



**For the purposes of this meet, men’s bars will be called 45#’s and women’s bars will be called 33#’s**




24 HOUR CANCELLATION RULE: Once you sign up for an event, you have 24 hour where you can withdraw for a 100% refund. Requests MUST be made via email to info@lex-artis.net and time stamped with 24 hours of your registration receipt. This rule supersedes both the 30 day and 21 day deadlines for refund percentages. This rule also supersedes the Event Sell Out rule.


GREATER THAN 30 DAY RULE: From 24 hours after your registration until 30 days prior to the event the MAXIMUM REFUND GRANTED WILL BE 75% of your registration fee MINUS PROCESSING AND PLATFORM FEES. The EVENT SELL OUT RULE does supersede this 30 day rule.


30 DAY RULE: At 30 Days prior to the event THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS GRANTED

EVENT SELL OUT RULE: Once an event sells out, the MAXIMUM REFUND GRANTED WILL BE 60% of your registration fee MINUS PROCESSING AND PLATFORM FEES. The proximity to the event date itself DOES NOT supersede this rule.







Transferring your registration to another individual or team is 100% dependent on the event itself. For some events this is a very easy swap. Other events can ONLY handle transfers when you are replacing yourself or your team with someone of the same gender, division, weight needs, etc. ALL TRANSFER REQUESTS must be emailed to INFO@LEX-ARTIS.NET. NO OTHER FORM OF COMMUNICATION WILL BE RESPONDED TO FOR TRANSFER REQUESTS. All requests are handled on a case by case basis. If we are able to accommodate your request there is NO FEE involved with processing a transfer.



Once an event sells out, the ticket option will automatically change to WAITLIST SPOT ONLY. There will be a 100% NON REFUNDABLE fee of $5/athlete (total fee will depend on individual or team size). Waitlists will be limit to 10% of the total capacity of the event itself. If/when a spot opens up, an invoice will be generated and sent to the email address that signed up for the waitlist. That person will have 3 days to pay the invoice to secure their (or their team) spot in the event. If the invoice is NOT paid, the invoice will be cancelled and they will be dropped back down to the bottom of the waiting list.