The club is a very positive training atmosphere where all athletes are encouraged to come out and train at their own level from novice to elite. Being a member of the club is also great conditioning for those interested in competing in an upcoming Hard Corps Series Competition!
The general rules for powerlifting will be verbally explained to all participants when making their appointment.
Upon arrival the participant will be given the go ahead to warm up for their first lift (their choice of any of the three lifts). If there are questions regarding what is considered an acceptable lift the participant can show the judge and the judge will let you know if it will count. Audible commands are allowed if the participant wants them.
When the participant and judge/judges are ready, the participant will start the first lift. As each lift is performed, they are documented with the highest amount correctly lifted selected as part of the overall score. The participant then goes to warm up for the second lift and the process is repeated.
At the end of the three lifts, the totals are calculated.
If the participant is successful, a certificate will be awarded. In addition, a photo (if participant agrees) will be placed on the facilities “brag board” and on the Hard Corps Series webpage.
1. Lifters are allowed three attempts per event. All lifts must be down with in 1 minute of the lifter being notified the bar is ready. All lifts must be done in shoes. Bench Shirts and Squat suits are not permitted.
2. Only the Lifter, Spotters/Loaders and Judges are allowed on the platform, no-one else. You cannot have someone telling how far to go down or when to come up.
3. After your attempt, you may choose to attempt the same weight, cannot increase weight until original lift is a success, or pass on their next attempt. You may never request a lighter weight than that of their first attempt.
4. Lifting order is broken into flights. Flights begin with the lightest attempts and end with the heaviest. Final lifting order is up to the discretion of the meet director.
5. A majority decision by three judges determines the good or bad.
6. It is encouraged that lifters inquire as to why an attempt was turned down, but it is forbidden to argue with or insult a judge.
7. The heaviest successful attempt will count toward the meet.
8. Hooking is permitted. Hooking is covering the last joint of the thumb with the other fingers of the same hand while gripping the bar.
9. If a competitor cannot fully extend their arm or has any other disability that may affect their performance, they must notify the judges before the beginning of the meet so that they may make a ruling over the disability.
10. If two lifters in the same class tie, the lighter lifter automatically wins the higher placing.
11. If a coach or personal spotter blocks the view of a judge, the judge must rule the lift as a bad attempt because they could not see otherwise.
12. The use of baggy clothes is not permitted in meet. All clothes must be form fitting. Singlets would be preferred, but not mandatory.
13. The meet director or a majority vote between the judges may eject an athlete from the meet or deny attempts based on the athletes actions or statements.
14. The use of profanity or alcohol at the meet event is grounds for immediate ejection and removal from the meet site.
15. No squat suits or bench shirts of any kind may be worn.
16. Don't harm or destroy any thing that is not your own property, you will be held accountable for any damage you cause.
1. Failure to observe the Head Referees signals at the commencement or completion of the lift.
2. Any lateral movement of the hands on the bar between the Head Referees Press and Rack signals.
3. Excessive movement or change of contact of the feet during completion of the lift.
4. Failure to maintain the buttocks in contact with the bench at any point during the commencement of the lift.
5. Bouncing the bar off the chest.
6. Allowing the bar to sink into the chest after receiving the Head Referees signal to PRESS
7. Pronounced uneven extension of the arms during or at the completion of the lift.
8. Any downward motion of the bar during the completion of the lift after receiving the PRESS command from the Head Referee.
9. Contact with the bar by the spotters between the Head Referees Press and Rack commands.
10. Any contact of the lifters shoes with the bench or its supports at any time during completion of the lift.
11. Deliberate contact between the bar and the bar rest uprights during the lift to assist with the completion of the lift.
1. Any downward motion of the bar before it reaches the final position.
2. Failure to stand fully erect with the knees locked at the completion of the lift.
3. Hitching or Supporting the bar by allowing it to rest on the thighs during the performance of the lift. Supporting is defined as a body position adopted by the lifter that could not be maintained without the counterbalance of the weight being lifted.
4. Movement of the feet laterally, backward or forward that would constitute a step at any point during completion of the lift.
5. Lowering the bar before receiving the Head Referees DOWN signal.
6. Dropping the bar. Dropping is defined as allowing the bar to return to the platform without maintaining contact and control of the bar with both hands.
1. You must wear tight form fitting clothing. No long or Baggy Pants of any are kind are allowed.
2. Head must touch the bench.
3. You can tip toe or be flat footed, but your foot can not loose contact with the floor. (foot can move or twist, but not move as much as in a step.) Once the Press command is given, the foot can not change from down to up, or vice verse.
4. If you take a hand out, you must lock your elbows before starting the bar down towards your chest. If you do not take a hand out you can come out of the rack and straight down towards your chest, if you like.
5. You must pause the Bar on your chest and wait for the Head Judge to give you the PRESS signal before moving the bar upward to the LOCKED OUT position.
6. Once you have received the PRESS signal. The Bar can only move upward, you can not sink any deeper into the chest and then go up.
7. Once the Bar has started upward, it can pause, but if it move downward at all the lift will be called bad and the Head Judge will instruct the Spotters to take the bar.
8. Bar can be a little uneven on the way up (not a lot) but both sides must be locked out at the same time.
9. You must remain in the LOCK OUT position at the top until the Head Judge gives you the RACK signal.
10. If any spotter touches the bar for any reason before the Head Judge gives you the Rack signal, the lift WILL NOT count.
11. Once you have received the RACK signal, at this time the Spotters will help you back into the rack and the lift is over.
12. Your HAND OUT person, MUST step back or to the side so the Head Judge can see the lifter, if not the lifter WILL NOT receive a PRESS or a RACK signal and the lift will be called BAD.
13. NO ONE is allowed on the platform or in the immediate lifting area, other than, Judges, Spotters, Loaders, Officials, and Lifter.
Wraps shall be composed of an elastic weave primarily of polyester, cotton, or medical crepe.
Wraps may be used as follows:
Wraps not exceeding 36 inches (1 meter) in length and 3.2 inches. (8 centimeters) in width may be worn. Alternatively, elasticized wrist bands not exceeding 4 inches. (10 centimeters) in width may be worn. A combination of the wrist wrap and elasticized wrist band is not permitted.
If wrist bands are of the wrap-around style, they may have a thumb loop and Velcro patch for securing them, however the thumb loop is not to be attached during lift. A wrist wrap shall not exceed beyond 3.9 inches (10 centimeters) above the wrist towards the elbow and 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) below the center of the wrist joint towards the palm. Wrist wraps may not exceed a total length of 6 inches. (15 centimeters) along the wrist and forearm.
Wraps not exceeding 97.5 inches (3 meters) in length and 3.2 inches (8 centimeters) in width may be worn. A knee wrap shall not extend beyond 6 inches (15 centimeters) above and 6 inches (15 centimeters) below the center of the knee joint. Knee wraps may not exceed a total of 12 inches (30centimeters) in both directions above and below the knee. Knee sleeves (elasticized knee supports) not exceeding 8 inches (20 centimeters) in length may be worn. A combination of a knee wrap and a knee sleeve is not permitted. Knee wraps shall not touch the socks or the lifting suit.
Wraps may only be worn during the Squat and Deadlift. Elbow wraps are not allowed during the Bench Press. The wraps may cover the general elbow area but cannot extend to the wrist or to the shoulder. The wraps may be composed of an elastic weave primarily of polyester, cotton, or medical crepe or they may be supportive sleeves of rubberized material. The wrap must be composed of a single unit that is no longer than 3 feet (91.4 centimeters) in length.
Log bar goes from ground to locked out over head. Once lift is complete judge will give the command to drop. Event scored with the heaviest lift winning the event.
Atlas Stone Over The Bar
Atlas stone starts on ground athlete has to pick it up place over bar. Bar height to be determined Event based on number of reps in a 2min period.
Farmers walk 55m, Sled Drag 55m, Sand Bag Carry. Weight for each yet to be determined. Event scored on best time.
Male/Female Trucks pulled 25m. Event scored on best time.
Heavy Single Arm DB Press
4 different weights will be laid in a row. Each competitor must lift the DB on the right and left side. Once lockout is completed and the judge says down they can move up in weight. Event is scored by who complete all the lifts the fastest.
Note: Events are subject to change due to weather.
Small Spandex shorts
All suit bottoms must be V-shaped, no thongs or t-backs are permitted
Suits worn by male competitors at the prejudging and finals must be plain in color with no fringe, wording
Suites worn by female competitors must be two-piece but may include a printed design with sparkle or fluorescents that are in good taste for Prejudging and Night show
Suits are required to have 50% GLUTE coverage. This will be checked at the athletes meeting in the morning and night. If there is any question before the competition please call 910-451-0122 to have your suit checked. If the day of the show your suit does not meet standards you will have to change suits or be disqualified
Competitors are not permitted to alter the fit of the posing suit by hiking it up in the back or by pulling up the sides while on stage
Men’s Physique Competitors board shorts must come down to the top of the knee
Women’s Figure, Bikini, and Fitness must wear clear high heels with a 5 inch heel
Women’s Fitness for first round must have a two piece suit. For the routine round contestants may wear a custom suit and use props
All competitors must be in suit at athlete meeting.
For Men’s Bodybuilding and Women’s Physique only
Must be MP3 format burnt on a CD
CD’s must have name of competitor and whether you will be starting on or off stage
No Vulgar language or sexual content (This is a family show!!!)
Music cannot last more than 90 seconds
No sun glasses, props or gum are permitted onstage.
Any competitor doing the “Moon Pose” will be disqualified.
Lying on the floor is prohibited during prejudging unless it is part of the Fitness round.
Bumping and shoving is prohibited. First and second persons involved will be disqualified.
Competitor’s numbers will be worn on the left side of the suit bottom.
Four Quarter turns
Front double biceps/open hands (no flat footed full front pose – some sort of front twisting pose)
Back double biceps/open hands
Side triceps with leg extended
Side chest with arms extended
Mandatory Poses Women's Figure
Four Quarter turns
Mandatory Poses Women's Bikini
Mandatory Poses Women's Fitness
Round one: Four Quarter Turns
Round two: 90 second routine that demonstrates individuals Strength, Flexibility, Cardiovascular, and overall package
The Judges are looking for Symmetry, Vascularity, Conditioning, Stage Presence, and Muscularity.
The Judges will be looking for Muscularity, Body Composition, and Symmetry. Please note this is not bodybuilding extreme conditioning will be marked down.
A small classic physique. Should be able to see striations in the muscles. Judges will be looking for great symmetry.
The Judges will be looking for Symmetry, Proportion Shape, Muscle Tone, and Stage Presence.
The Judges will be looking for some Muscularity not a lot, Good Lines but not ripped, and Stage Presence.
The Judges will be looking for Shape, Good Symmetry, Athletic, and an Overall Health Appearance.
Judges in round one will be looking for Firmness, Symmetry, Athletic Appearance, and Overall Stage Presence. Round two the routine round judges will be looking for Strength, Flexibility, Cardiovascular, and Overall Package.
Hard Corps Power Club is a weightlifting club. You become a member once you can successfully complete 3 lifts (Bench Press, Deadlift, and Squat) at one of the below listed poundage.