The Axle Bar Squat is a strongman event that tests an athlete’s strength and power. The Axle Bar Squat can be performed for max load or for max reps. The Axle Bar Squat can also be performed freely without a platform and with a platform. The platform is a great way to keep the athletes safe as Axle Bars do roll on the back very easily. Here are some detailed rules for an Axle Bar Squat competition:
- The Axle Bar used in the event should be specified by the competition and can vary depending on the level of the athletes. The Axle bar is a type of barbell that is thicker than a regular barbell and has no knurling in the center. The weight is loaded on the ends of the bar, which makes it more difficult to control than a regular barbell.
- The weight on the Axle Bar should be specified by the competition and can vary depending on the level of the athletes.
- The athlete should squat with the Axle Bar on their shoulders and should reach parallel or below parallel with the thighs at the bottom of the squat.
- The athlete should squat with the Axle Bar starting and finishing at a specific point, determined by the competition.
- The athlete has to complete a certain number of reps or a certain amount of weight within a certain time limit.
- IF GEARED: Equipment allowed: Belt, knee sleeves, knee wraps, multi-ply suits, briefs, and chalk.
IF RAW: Equipment allowed: Belt, knee sleeves, and chalk. Equipment NOT allowed: Multi-ply suits, briefs, and knee wraps.
- Axle Bar Squat to Parallel or Below Parallel for Max Reps (60sec): The athlete should be given a “squat” command by the head judge before starting each squat and the judge should then give a “good” command when the athlete reaches squat depth for the rep to count. A “no rep” will be announced if the athlete fails to hit depth or lockout the squat. The athlete will be disqualified if they if they fail to reach parallel or below parallel, if they fail to complete the squat within the time limit.
- The athlete should not bounce out of the bottom.
- Axle Bar Squat to Platforms for Max Reps (60sec): The athlete should be given a “squat” command by the head judge before starting each squat and the judge and the squat should be taken down until the weight makes contact with the platforms.
- The athlete must not bounce the weight off the platforms.
- Squat heights are set during weigh-ins. (top of thigh parallel with floor).
- Singlet might be required for this event. check with your competition promoter.
- The athlete will be disqualified if they drop the Axle Bar, if they fail to reach parallel or below parallel, if they fail to complete the squat within the time limit or if they don’t follow the rules.
It’s important to note that different competitions may have different rules or variations of the axle bar squat, so it’s a good idea to check with the specific competition you plan to participate in.