Simple Strength Club Rules

The rules below are the result of the original rule set at the start of SSC and member suggested and accepted alterations to those rules.

Rule process

  1. Any member in good standing can suggest a change to the rules below.
  2. The proposed change will be moderated to keep out things like "everyone gets $1000 for an approved lift."
  3. If the proposal is in good faith, it will be made available for other members in good standing to review.
  4. Fellow members in good standing can comment and vote on the proposal.
  5. When 60.0% of members in good standing agree on the change, it gets added to the rules.

What is a "member in good standing"

This is a member with a valid membership at the time of their action, whether that be voting on a rule change, uploading a video, or anything else.

Click here to see all propsed changes.


Deadlift Rules

Last updated: 2020-03-01 20:49:04 UTC

No assistive attire

The lifter's attire should not provide any assistance in performing the lift.

Stability is not assistance. Belt(s) are not considered assistive. Deadlift suits, bench shirts, etc are.

Clearly defined bar

The bar used should be noted in terms of weight and length.

Since all lifts are judged via video, the lifter should help judges understand their hardware.

Clearly defined weights and accessories

The weights on the bar should be noted in terms of weight. Any accessory such as clips should also be noted.

Since all lifts are judged via video, the lifter should help judges understand their hardware.

Bar is a barbell in shape

The bar used should be a 'barbell' as defined by community consensus and industry standards.

No logs, dumbells, etc. This does not preculde use of an axle.

Start from the floor

The lift should start start from the floor.

Because we don't require anything other than a bar and plates to participate, the lift should start from the floor.

Start from no higher than the industry standard plate height

A plate is roughly 18 inches which means the bar should never start higher than roughly 9 inches off the ground.

We want to avoid any specialty plates like train wheels, Flintstones, Silver Dollars, etc.

Bar should be in front of the lifter

Stance width matters not so long as both legs are behind the bar.

No Jefferson Deadlifts or any other fancy pants deadlifts.

Lift to full lockout

The lift should result with the bar in the lifter's control while standing upright.

We care about the bar being off the ground with the legs, hips, and back as straight as anatomy allows.

Press Rules

Last updated: 2020-03-01 20:49:04 UTC

No assistive attire

The lifter's attire should not provide any assistance in performing the lift.

Stability is not assistance. Belt(s) are not considered assistive. Deadlift suits, bench shirts, etc are.

Clearly defined bar

The bar used should be noted in terms of weight and length.

Since all lifts are judged via video, the lifter should help judges understand their hardware.

Clearly defined weights and accessories

The weights on the bar should be noted in terms of weight. Any accessory such as clips should also be noted.

Since all lifts are judged via video, the lifter should help judges understand their hardware.

Bar is a barbell in shape

The bar used should be a 'barbell' as defined by community consensus and industry standards.

No logs, dumbells, etc. This does not preculde use of an axle.

Start from the floor

The lift should start start from the floor.

Because we don't require anything other than a bar and plates to participate, the lift should start from the floor.

Press from the front of the shoulders

It matters not how the bar gets from the floor to the shoulders, but the lift should happen from the front of the shoulders.

Clean, continental, Zercher, Steinborn...doesn't matter. Just get it to the front of the shoulders.

Press without leg drive

The press should happen without any assistance from the lower body.

No jerks or push presses.

Press to full lockout

The press should result in the bar overhead in a stable position.

We care about the bar being overhead with the arms as straight as anatomy allows and the lifter being obviously in control.