1. An official GRIP GENIE HILT must be used. The lift starts with
the weight in between the lifter’s feet, using an Olympic loading
pin not to exceed 15” in height and a carabiner.
2. The lifter grabs the handle and lifts with the handle remaining
approximately perpendicular to the ground. A thumbless grip is
3. The lifter must fully straighten up (head up, back erect, legs and
hips locked out).
4. Once standing straight, the lifter must maintain control of the lift
before getting a down signal from the chief referee, and must
then return the weight to the ground under control. Contact
must be maintained between the lifter’s hand and the handle
until the weight is resting on the floor. The referee then
indicates whether the lift was passed or not.
5. Spin can be used to lift the weight, but a down signal will not be
given if the weight is spinning at lockout.
6. Incidental body contact can be made between a lifter’s legs and
the weight plates, but supporting the weight on the legs is
7. The lifter is given 1 minute to complete the lift after his/her
name is called; during that minute, there is no limit to how
many times the lifter may try to complete the lift. If a lifter
fails to complete a lift, the lifter has no further attempts.
8. Ordinary chalk (magnesium carbonate) may be used on the
lifter’s hand, but nothing else is permitted (tacky and wrist
wraps, for example, are specifically disallowed).
9. Blocks under the feet may be used by the lifter (if desired or
needed to clear the ground).