Kim and Ray Speed POwer strength Invitational


These regulations are adapted from the IPF Technical Rulebook for Personal Equipment


A non-supportive lifting suit shall be worn in competitions. The suit straps must be worn over the lifter’s shoulders at all times in all lifts in all competitions. The non-supportive suit must conform to the following specifications:

  1. The suit shall be one-piece and form fitting without any looseness when worn.

  2. The suit must be constructed entirely of fabric or a synthetic textile material, such that no support is given to the lifter by the suit in execution of any lift.

  3. The suit’s material shall be of a single thickness, other than a second thickness of material of up to 12 cm x 24 cm allowed in the area of a crotch.

  4. There must be legs to the suit, extending a minimum of 3 cm and a maximum of 25 cm, from the top of the crotch down the inside of the leg, as measured when worn by the lifter in a standing position.

  5. The suit may bear the logos or emblems

    1. Of the manufacturer of the suit

    2. Of the lifter’s nation

    3. Of the lifter’s name

    4. Of the sponsor’s logo

    5. Of the lifter’s club or individual sponsor


A t-shirt must be worn under the lifting suit by all lifters in the Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift. The t-shirt must conform to the following specifications:

  1. The shirt must be constructed entirely of fabric of a synthetic textile and shall not consist, in whole or in part, of any rubberized or similar stretch material, nor have any reinforced seams or pockets, buttons, zippers, or other that a round neck collar

  2. The t-shirt must have sleeves. Those sleeves must terminate below the lifter’s deltoid and must not extend onto or below the lifter’s elbow. The sleeves may not be pushed or rolled up onto the deltoid when the lifters is competing.

  3. The t-shirt may not have any visible wording or iconography considered discriminatory to any people or protected populations


A standard commercial “athletic supporter” or standard commercial briefs of any mixture of cotton, nylon, or polyester shall be worn under the lifting suit.

Women may also wear a commercial or sports bra.

Swimming trunks or any garment consisting or rubberized or similar stretch material except in the waistband, shall not be worn under the lifting costume.

Any supportive undergarment is not legal for use


Socks may be worn.

  1. They may be of any color or colors and may have manufacturer’s logos.

  2. They shall not be of such length on the leg that they come into contact with the knee wraps or knee cap supporter.

  3. Full length leg stockings, tights, or hose are strictly forbidden.

  4. Shin length socks must be worn to cover and protect the shins while performing the deadlift.


Competitors may wear a belt. If worn, it shall be on the outside of the lifting suit.

Materials and Construction:

  1. The main body shall be made of leather, vinyl, or other similar non-stretch material in one or more laminations which may be glued and/or stitched together.

  2. It shall not have additional padding, bracing, or supports of any material either on the surface or concealed within the laminations of the belt.

  3. The buckle shall be attached at one end of the belt by means of studs and or stitching.

  4. The belt may have a buckle with one or two prongs or “quick release” type (“quick release” referring to lever).

  5. A tongue loop shall be attached close to to the buckle by means of studs and/or stitching.

  6. The belt may be plain i.e. of a single or two or more colors


  1. Width of belt maximum 10cm.

  2. Thickness of belt maximum 13 mm along the main length

  3. Inside width of buckle maximum 11 cm

  4. Outside width of buckle maximum 13 cm

  5. Tongue loop maximum width 5 cm

  6. Distance between end of belt and far end of tongue loop maximum 25 cm.

Shoes or boots

Shoes or boots shall be worn.

  1. Shoes shall be taken to include only indoor sports shoes/ sport boots; Weightlifting/Powerlifting boots or Deadlift slippers.

    1. The above is referring to indoor sports e.g. wrestling/basketball. Hiking boots do not fall into this category.

  2. No part of the underside shall be higher than 5cm.

  3. The underside must be flat, i.e. no projections, irregularities, or a doctoring from the standard design.

  4. Loose inner soles that are not part of the manufactured shoe shall be limited to one centimeter thickness.

Knee Sleeves

Sleeves, being cylinders of neoprene, may be worn only on the knees by the lifter in the performance of any lift in competition; sleeves cannot be worn or used on any part of the body other than the knees. Knee sleeves cannot be worn where the lifter also wears knee wraps, as per the rule “Wraps” below.

Knee sleeves must conform to the following specifications:

  1. The sleeves must be constructed entirely of a single ply of neoprene, or predominantly of a single ply of neoprene plus a non-supportive single layer of fabric over the neoprene. There may be stitched seams of the fabric and/or of the fabric onto the neoprene. The entire construction of the sleeves may not be such as to provide any appreciable support or rebound to the lifter’s knees;

  2. Knee sleeves shall be a maximum thickness of 7 mm and a maximum length of 30 cm.

  3. Knee sleeves shall not have any additional strapping, velcro, drawstrings, padding, or similar supportive devices in or on them. Knee sleeves must be continuous cylinders, without holes in the neoprene or in any covering material.

  4. When worn by the lifter in competition, knee sleeves must not be in contact with the lifter’s suit or socks and must be centered over the knee joint.


Only wraps of one ply commercially woven elastic that is covered with polyester, cotton, or a combination of both of those materials or medical crepe are permitted.


  1. Wrists wraps shall not exceed 1 m in length and 8 cm in width. Any sleeves and Velcro patches/tabs for securing must be incorporated within the 1 m length. A loop may be attached as an aid to securing. The loop shall not be over the thumb or fingers during the actual lift.

  2. The standard commercial seat band may be worn, not exceeding 12 cm in width. A combination of wrist wraps and sweat bands is no allowed.

  3. A wrist covering shall not extend beyond 10 cm above and 2 cm below the center of the wrist joint and shall not exceed a covering width of 12 cm.


  1. Wraps for the knees are not permitted.

Medical Tape

  1. Two layers of medical tape may be worn around the thumbs. Medical tape or it’s like may not be worn anywhere else on the body without permission of the Jury or Head Referee. Medical tape may not be used as aids to the lifter in holding the bar.

  2. Contingent upon prior approval by the Jury, Head Referee, or any medical staff on duty, medical tape may be applied to bodily injuries in a fashion that would not grant the lifter an undue advantage.

Inspection of Personal Equipment

  1. The inspection of personal equipment for each and every lifter in the competition may take place at any time throughout the meet prior to within twenty minutes of the start for their particular bodyweight category.

  2. Wraps over permitted length shall be rejected, but may be cut to length and resubmitted.

  3. Any item considered unclean or torn shall be rejected.

  4. If after the inspection a lifter appears on the platform wearing or using any illegal item, other than that which may have inadvertently been passed by the referees, the lifter shall immediately be disqualified from the competition.


  1. The use of oil, grease, or other lubricants on the body or personal equipment is strictly forbidden.

  2. Baby powder, resin, talc, or magnesium carbonates are the only substances that may be added to the body and attire, but not to the wraps.

  3. The use of any form of adhesive on the underside of footwear is strictly forbidden. This applies to any build in adhesive, e.g. glass paper, emery cloth, etc. And to include resin and magnesium carbonate. A spray of water is acceptable.

  4. No foreign substances may be applied to the powerlifting equipment. This takes into account all the substances other than that which may be used periodically as a sterile agent in the clean of the bar, bench, or platform.

  5. Light protective guards between sock and shin may be worn.