The Conan’s wheel is a stationary pole attached to a pivot point. The implement is loaded with weight and the strongman then carries the pole on their forearms resting on their body, completing as many rotations as possible. The result is measured in distance (how many rotations are completed).
Here are some general rules for the 16″ Barbell Deadlift event in strongman competitions:
- The 16″ barbell deadlift is to be performed with a deadlift bar length of approximately 8 feet long, with a diameter of 1.91 inches, and a weight of 45 pounds.
- The bar will be loaded with Jeep Tires making the bar approximately 16″ from the floor.
- The weight on the bar for each athlete will be specified by the competition and can vary depending on the details of the event.
- The deadlift should be performed with the athlete lifting the barbell until both the hips and knees are fully extended with the athlete standing fully upright.
- The athlete must wait for the head judge’s signal before starting the deadlift, and must wait for another signal to lower the barbell back to the ground. An additional judge will keep count of the repetitions. No lift for any attempts made before the “lift” command. No lift for any attempts lowered before the “down” command.
- No drops! The athlete must control the barbell at all times.
- No sumo! The athlete must pull conventional but is allowed to hitch the barbell.
- Max reps: The athlete has to finish the deadlift within a certain time limit or a certain number of reps, depending on the rules of the competition.
- The athlete will be disqualified if they fail to lift the barbell correctly or if they fail to finish the deadlift within the time limit.
- Gear: Allowed items include chalk, baby powder, belt, deadlift suit or squat briefs, wrist straps, wrist wraps, elbow sleeves, knee wraps, or knee sleeves. Shoes are optional. Deadlift socks are required.
It’s important to note that different competitions may have different rules or variations of the 16″ Barbell Deadlift, so it’s a good idea to check with the specific competition you plan to participate in.